After Urban Living Labs: Learning strategies among ULL practitioners and urban governance
BACKGROUND/HISTORY AND CONTEXT OF THE WORKSHOP
Since 2012, JPI Urban Europe has funded more than 80 transnational research and innovation projects supporting transitions towards urban sustainability. About half of the projects have implemented Urban Living Labs (ULL) which use flexible and innovative ways to address, co-create and experiment on societal challenges in everyday urban settings as well as with new policies, co-design and test new methods to tackle specific urban challenges and for exploring new governance models under outside the conventional R&I laboratories. Throughout the last years, JPI Urban Europe projects have generated comprehensive experiences and knowledge around the implementing of (See e.g. https://jpi-urbaneurope.eu/projects/).
However, a number of challenges to the approach now requires our attention:
– How to sustain an Urban Living Lab or its findings, results, or procedures beyond the duration of a project?
– How to ensure that the results make an impact beyond the ULL?
– How can the contribution of ULL be facilitated to support overall Urban Transformations towards Sustainability?
MAIN AIM / OBJECTIVE
Building upon the findings and recent publications of a number of JPI Urban Europe funded projects and literature on increasing the impact of ULL , the workshop to involve a wider set of Living Lab practitioners to learn from their experiences, derive requirements, to learn on the JPI Urban Europe programme-level how these challenges can be tackled. Therefore the aims can be summed up as:
– Collecting successful examples of Urban Living Labs that endured after the end of the initiating project
– Understand the framework conditions on how these ULLs were sustainable
– Develop models/frameworks for JPI Urban Europe to ensure continued learning beyond project logics and to support long term science-policy-society-business collaboration
– Participants will learn from the hands-on experience of JPI Urban Europe funded projects, particularly from the GUST, URB@EXP and SmarterLabs projects
– Participants will exchange overview of literature/guidelines published on scaling up ULL
– Experiences of sustainable (and non-sustainable) ULLs will be exchanged and determining factors will be analysed
– Outcomes will be used in the strategic programming of JPI Urban Europe, particularly for the development of funding instruments which allow long term learning/experimentation/science-policy-society-business collaboration
BRIEF OUTLINE / METHODOLOGY
Introductory Presentations (15-20min):
We would like to keep the time of presenting to a minimum, nevertheless, it is important to briefly point the context of the workshop (see above). Additionally, a brief input to the work of JPI UE funded projects plus academic literature on upscaling ULL and continuous learning will be given.
Collecting experiences (15min):
Participants are asked to pitch (1min max) cases of ULLs and highlight:
– Geographical scope of the lab
– Involved organisations
– Thematic orientation
– Why the lab was/is successful
Discussions / Exchange (45min) in groups Summary / Wrap up / Outlook on how the results will be used in JPI Urban Europe (10min)
Research & Innovation Officer
Jonas BylundResearch & Innovation Officer
Jonas Bylund is part of the JPI Urban Europe Management Board since 2013. His main responsibility is science-policy communication and to develop urban research and innovation funding calls with affiliated funding agencies as well as strategic other initiatives. Since 2013 he is also employed at IQS, the Swedish Centre for Innovation and Quality in the Built Environment. He is trained in human geography and social anthropology, with a specific research focus on the knowledge practices in planning and environmental sciences. His PhD thesis Planning, Projects, Practice (2006) investigated a national investment programme concerning new environmental technologies in the case of Stockholm urban development and was an attempt to translate actor-network theory into planning studies. He is an experienced lecturer in urban and regional planning, with a particular focus on epistemology and ontology in the social sciences. He is also a consultant with Urbanalys.
Stakeholder Involvement Officer
Johannes RieglerStakeholder Involvement Officer
Johannes Riegler started working with the JPI Urban Europe Management Board in 2012. As an assistant to the Chair of the Management Board, his work spans from strategic issues, stakeholder involvement process development and implementation to the preparing and facilitating JPI Urban Europe related events and activities. Furthermore, he is involved in the H2020 funded URBAN-EU-CHINA project where he ensures the exchange and communication between JPI Urban Europe and the project. Johannes holds a B.Sc. in Geography and Regional Science as well as a MA in the UNICA 4cities Urban Studies programme. He conducted his studies in Brussels, Vienna, Copenhagen, Madrid, Budapest and Klagenfurt. Johannes is employed by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency FFG.