[PhD’s Corner] Boris Biao: Is innovation in smart agriculture responsible?

Boris is one of the #DigitAg co-funded PhDs

Is innovation in smart agriculture responsible?

  • Start Date: November 2018
  • University:  MUSE Montpellier Université d’Excellence / Montpellier SupAgro
  • PhD School: EDEG – Economie et Gestion
  • Field(s): Management
  • Doctoral Thesis Advisors: Leila Temri, Montpellier SupAgro MOISA & Katherine Gundolf, Université de Montpellier MRM / Montpellier Business School
  • Funding: #DigitAg – Montpellier SupAgro
  • #DigitAg: Axis 2 – Challenges 5 et 8

Keywords: responsible innovation, digital agriculture, ICT, adoption


Smart agriculture is likely to contribute to the improvement of sustainability. However its environmental and social impacts are sometimes denounced. In fact, with the appearance of controversial technologies, such as biotechnologies, nanotechnologies, but also ICT in general, the concept of responsible innovation has emerged at the beginning of the 2000’s, and since gained attention in the world, especially in developed countries, such as those situated in Europe. Responsible innovation refers to the inclusion of the stakeholders into the innovation process, and to the anticipation of social and environmental effects an innovation may induce. Given this, we may ask our self the following question: Does responsible innovation lead to a better adoption of digital agriculture innovations? To answer to this question, it will be necessary: 1) To clarify concepts and definitions (responsible innovation, digital agriculture). 2) To draw up an inventory of the advantages and negative impacts digital technologies may have, especially in agriculture. 3) To identify relevant case studies, in the field of digital agriculture innovations, to describe innovation processes, and characterize them in terms of responsibility, using qualitative methods. 4) To assess the adequacy between the innovation process and users adoption. 5) Finally, recommendations could be made for improvement of processes, and a method could be proposed. The case studies will be chosen in the field of smartphone apps for agriculture. Some of them will come from southern countries to enrich the analysis.

Contact:  babatounde-boris.biao [AT] supagro.fr – +33 695500984

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Communications / Publications

Babatoundé Boris Biao (2018) Description du contexte institutionnel du système sectoriel d’innovation de l’agriculture numérique – Master2 Internship Report (in French) – Download