As The Open University celebrates its 50th anniversary, Theo Papaioannou, Professor of Politics, Innovation and Development, delivered his inaugural lecture to explore the idea of social justice in innovation.
In this lecture, he suggested how social justice in non-ideal or concrete terms can be applied to innovation in an inclusive way, which takes the needs of marginalised populations into account. He concluded with a demonstration about emerging areas such as artificial intelligence and data ownership; and what the idea of justice in innovation means for the developing world.
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Theo Papaioannou is Professor of Politics, Innovation and Development at the OU and Director of the Institute for Innovation Generation (INNOGEN). His research uses theoretical and empirical approaches of politics and public policy to study the impact of technological innovation on international development. His main interests cohere around the application of social justice principles in the governance of technological and developmental change.