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The Emerging Landscape of Urban Living Labs : Characteristics, Practices and Examples

  • Kes Mccormick
  • Christian Hartmann
Publishing year: 2017
Language: English
Document type: Report
Publisher: Lund University

Abstract english

There is a growing trend to involve citizens in city development to make urban areas more sustainable and livable. The urban living labs approach offers a way to foster new collaborative, trans-disciplinary ways of thinking in urban planning and development, and provides a real-world testing ground for urban innovation and transformation.

This handbook aims to bring open innovation and co-creation to urban policy makers and change agents in Europe and beyond, by offering an introduction into the basic concepts and principles of urban living labs. In addition, this handbook provides examples of good practices and guidance on the design, operation and evaluation of urban livings labs.


  • Political Science
  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
  • cities
  • innovation
  • sustainability transitions
  • governance


Kes McCormick
E-mail: kes [dot] mccormick [at] iiiee [dot] lu [dot] se

The International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics (IIIEE)

Lund University P.O. Box 196, 22100 Lund, Sweden
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