Project: Governance of urban sustainability transitions: advancing the role of living labs

Acronym GUST (Reference Number: 4180903)
Duration 01/06/2014 - 31/05/2017
Project Topic European cities face a pressing challenge – how can they provide economic prosperity and social cohesion while achieving environmental sustainability? In response, new collaborations are emerging in the form of ‘living labs’– sites devised to design, test and learn from social and technical innovation in real time. Our aim is to examine, inform and advance the governance of sustainability transitions through urban living labs (ULL). ULL are proliferating rapidly across Europe as a means through which public and private actors are testing innovations in buildings, transport and energy systems. Yet despite the experimentation taking place on the ground, we lack systematic learning across urban and national contexts about their impacts and effectiveness. We have limited knowledge on how good practice can be scaled up to achieve the transformative change required. This project will bring together leading European partners to create a systematic framework for evaluating the design, practices and processes of ULL to enable the comparative analysis of their potential and limits. This knowledge will be co-produced with policy-makers and practitioners across Europe, with the explicit intention of providing new insights into the governance of urban sustainability and improving the design and implementation of ULL in order to realise their potential.
Network JPI Urban Europe
Call JPI Urban Europe 2nd Call

Project partner

Number Name Role Country
4180903 Lund University - International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics (IIIEE) Coordinator Sweden
4211172 JOANNEUM RESEARCH Forschungsgesellschaft mbH Partner Austria
4212295 Durham University - Department of Geography Partner United Kingdom
4475788 Erasmus University Rotterdam Partner Netherlands