Living Labs Concept
A living lab is a way for university researchers to conduct studies in vivo, based on experimentation and
living labs innovate by encompassing “new ideas, institutions, practices, behaviours, and social relations that affect how science and technology are developed, for what purpose and for whom, and how results are applied”.
Living labs have been used as tools for improving sustainability infrastructure, facilitating experiential learning and research, enhancing community engagement, and addressing institutional sustainability goals and social responsibility. Living labs provide opportunities to promote collaborative learning while utilizing place-based and exploratory design and problem-solving approaches. Moreover, living labs can expand the perception of sustainability to include social, environmental, and economic dimensions within an institution, creating new leadership opportunities
Universities are uniquely situated to foster living labs because of existing infrastructure which provides the opportunity to test, study, design, and apply