Critiquing the Direction for Innovation – The role of justice and exnovation
Workshop organisers: Rafael Ziegler (HEC Montreal) and Lukas Fuchs (TU Eindhoven)

The Centre de recherche en éthique (CRE) in Montreal, Canada, is hosting an online workshop on 13th and 14th April 2023 on “Critiquing the Direction for Innovation — The role of justice and exnovation”. Following a call for papers, we are proud to announce the schedule and speakers for this workshop. If you are interested in joining the workshop as a non-presenting participant, please email

The indicated time is for Montreal. The workshop starts at 8am (Montreal), 12 noon (London), 1pm (Berlin) on both days. 

Day 1: Thursday, 13th April 2023

8.00 – 8.30 Welcome + Introductions
8.30 – 9.50 Andrew Stirling (Sussex)
The Persistently Hidden Politics of Directionality in Innovation Governance: Opening up space for democratic struggle towards progressive transformations
9.50 – 10.10Break
 Panel I: Innovation, Exnovation & Justice
10.10 – 11.00Theo Papaioannou (Open University)
Directing Innovation Towards Just Outcomes
11.00 – 11.50Alejandra Boni and Diana Velasco (UPV Valencia)
Is the direction of the transformative innovation policy ethical enough? A capabilitarian analysis of the transformative outcomes.
11.50 – 12.00Break
12.00 – 12.50Lukas Fuchs (TU Eindhoven) and Rafael Ziegler (HEC Montreal)
What are the relations between innovation and exnovation for changing societal directions?   

Day 2: Friday, 14th April 2023
8.00 – 8.10Welcome
 Panel II: Contested Directionalities: 
Platforms, Competition & the Climate
8.10 – 9.00Alejandro Fortuny Sicart and Mario Pansera (Vigo)
Giving digital delivery platforms a different direction: Coopcycle as a case study that integrates democratic and eco-social values into organisational design and technology
9.00 – 9.50Juliane Mendelsohn (TU Ilmenau)
Critiquing the Direction of Innovation for More Sustainable Competition Policy
9.50 – 10.10Break
10.10 – 11.00Kian Mintz-Woo (UC Cork)
A Directional Dilemma in Climate Innovation
 Panel III: Directionality as Societal Discourse
11.00 – 11.50Bonno Pel (ULB Brussels) 
Making Practical Sense of Directionality: Purposive and Emergent Transition in ‘la transition numérique’ (Belgium)
11.50 – 12.00Break
12.00 – 12.50Karina Maldonado-Mariscal and Rick Hölsgens (TU Dortmund)
Reimagining Innovation Pathways: Exnovation and Buen Vivir as Global North-South Dialogues
12.50 – 13.00Review and outlook (to be extended depending on participants’ energy level)