Living Labs - Opportunities, Benefits and Challenges of Different Models Globally

The EAUC has launched a project on Living Labs. It was triggered by strong evidence and positive feedback from institutions with Living Lab projects globally.

A Living Lab (LL) is a concept which is understood and applied in several different ways within the tertiary education sector. At its heart, LL aims to establish partnerships or programmes which connect academic activities of the institution (i.e. learning & teaching, and academic research) with non-academic partners. These partners can be university internal operations or estates departments, local communities, businesses, charities and other organisations. Among the plethora of benefits are:

• Richer practice-based learning experiences for students that improve professional skills, employability, student retention, and student satisfaction
• Knowledge-transfer for sustainable change: benefits of realistic and practicable research to internal and/or external partners
• Stronger partnerships between academics and internal estates staff, as well as external partners.

In its first phase, this project will research how LLs are structured, what the scope of a LL is in each institution's context, what key challenges and benefits accompany different models, and a number of other elements surrounding implementation and expansion of LLs. The scope of this research is global. The output is intended to be a very practicable resource that all institutions can access and use; it will feature models for implementing LLs and a set of case studies to learn from.

To find out more or to discuss opportunities please contact EAUC Researcher Hassan Waheed: hwaheed@eauc.org.uk.

Get Involved

EAUC members
The EAUC is delighted to invite members to engage with and learn more about this exciting project. If your institution is an EAUC member, you can join the dedicated Community of Practice here.

Universities and colleges across the world
This project aims to record activities being undertaken across the world using this concept. The EAUC welcomes all institutions with such partnership-based projects to connect and contribute to this research (whether they are termed 'Living Lab' or not). The findings will be publicly available. You can use this as an opportunity to communicate what your institution is doing uniquely and innovatively in the realm of LL.