Urban living labs for sustainability in suburbs in need of modernization and social uplift

Katarina Buhr, Maija Federley, Anja Karlsson

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    A number of urban living labs have been set up in recent years, with the aim of developing innovation processes within a multi-stakeholder partnership in an urban context. Several urban living labs focus on sustainable development, which is a visible and urgent issue in less valued suburbs in need of modernization and social uplift. We argue that, when applying the living labs approach in the context of sustainable development in suburbs, the primary focus should be society's collective goals, as expressed through municipalities and users. The aim of this article is to show examples of how urban living labs can be applied in less valued suburbs in order to contribute to sustainability based on societal goals. We build on analyses from the research project SubUrbanLab, where urban living labs were set up in Alby and Peltosaari, two suburban areas in Sweden and Finland, respectively. We draw lessons regarding how to use urban living labs for sustainable development in order to create favourable conditions for ongoing engagement with the municipality and users towards long-term sustainability.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)27-34
    JournalTechnology Innovation Management Review (TIM Review)
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2016
    MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


    • city
    • living lab
    • suburb
    • sustainability
    • urban


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