Quality Education

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Urban Living Labs: Explorations in a University Setting

  • Usha Iyer-RanigaEmail author
  • Renzo Mori Junior
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-69902-8_27-1



Living labs may be described as an open innovation ecosystem integrating users, academia, and industry or private organizations in generating innovation and outcomes that align technical and scientific possibilities to derive real solutions on the ground. Living labs result in co-creation through active user involvement by multiple stakeholders in a real-life setting. The labs may be a virtual or physical space where various stakeholders work collectively to co-create solutions, most often in urban areas. This entry focuses more on the link between living labs and sustainable outcomes.


Living labs are an empirical phenomenon. In an interconnected and increasingly digitized world, living labs may be used to co-produce and co-create solutions that provide better outcomes and impacts as compared to traditional, siloed approaches to...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.RMIT UniversityMelbourneAustralia
  2. 2.One Planet Network Sustainable Buildings and Construction Programme, UN EnvironmentParisFrance
  3. 3.Design and Social Context CollegeRMIT UniversityMelbourneAustralia

Section editors and affiliations

  • Umesh Chandra Pandey
    • 1
  1. 1.Indira Gandhi National Open University, Regional CentreBhopalIndia