Tuesday Research Papers
Chairs for topic of Culture & Creativity in Times of Disruptive Change
Mr. Fran Iglesias Garcia – General manager of the Epica Foundation La Fura dels Bauls
Mr. Jokin Garatea- Director of international projects at cluster GAIA
- Culture & Creativity to improve European youth policies for the creation of new skills and jobs
- The impact of Culture & Creativity in everyday societies
- New methods and tools for enacting open innovation in Media (including Social Media)
- Transnational approaches for replicating open innovation through Living Labs
- New investment and funding models for increasing the sustainability of Cultural & Creative Industries
- Sustainable development methods for Culture & Creativity at regional, city and international level
- New models of entrepreneurship for realizing open innovation and social inclusion in CCIs
- Open access vs. intellectual property rights to make open innovation efficient for the society
- Innovative clustering for inter-sectorial dynamization of CCIs sectors
Chair for topic of Urban & Rural Resilience
Mrs. Milica Trajcovic- PMP, Head of Center of Innovation & Business Development, BioSense Institute, University of Novi Sad
Mrs. Carina Veeckman- Senior Researcher imec- SMIT, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
- Strategies to engage all citizens/stakeholders (via Living Labs) in the design of Smart Cities & Regions
- Urban Living Labs, smart cities and smart villages to address urban challenges
- Role and use of ICT for empowering cities and rural areas
- The role and use of Citizen Science
- Living labs for and with social vulnerable groups
- New approaches to set-up and validate Urban and Rural Living Labs
- Sustainable urban planning and development
– Shared public transport & urban mobility living labs
– Energy efficiency
– Air Quality
– Water resilience
- Sustainable urban mobility and city logistics
- Addressing climate change & enhance urban city resilience
Agroecology living labs: defining characteristics and key components of their successful orchestration
by Maria Kiseleva
Track: Full Research Paper
Topic: Urban & Rural Resillence
- Agroecology Transition
- Living Lab
Abstract.The increasing concerns about the health, environmental and socio-economic challenges aggravated by the COVID-19 syndemic have necessitated the radical transformation of the current agriculture and food systems in Europe. In this regard, agroecology, and more specifically, agroecology living labs (LL) approach and principles, have been gaining momentum in Europe over the last decades. Being already reflected in recent European policy frameworks and initiatives, the concept of agroecology LL, however, is still blurry and has not been commonly accepted by policy-makers, practitioners and researchers. The present study aims to contribute to filling in this knowledge gap by understanding what may make agroecology LLs different from other types of LLs with respect to their aims, goals, activities, methods, stakeholders, as well as the context and field-specific factors. Based on two agroecology LL «revelatory» case studies (Belgium, Hungary) supported by the evidence from other agriculture-related LLs (Serbia, Belgium) the paper sheds light on the roles and the associated skills that may be necessary for successful orchestration and sustainability of an agroecology LL in the long-term perspective. Through establishing a dialogue with the existing academic and grey literature this work intends not only to share the research results but also to trigger further discussion and research on agroecology living labs, orchestrators and their skills.
MS in Sustainable Territorial Development
Maria KiselevaMS in Sustainable Territorial Development
Maria Kiseleva holds a Master’s degree in Sustainable Territorial Development and has a strong background in Economics and International Economic Relations. She has internship and work experience in such domains as nuclear energy, environmental control, social finance and open innovation. Maria’s current research interests include but are not limited to agroecology transition, sustainable agriculture, the Living Labs (LL) approach and user-driven innovation.
Urban Living Labs and Transformative Changes
by Stefano Blezer and Nurhan Abujidi
Track: Full Research Paper
Topic: Urban & Rural Resillence
- Funding Model
- Urban Living Labs
- Trust Building
- Impact Creation
- Stakeholder Roles
Abstract. Urban Living Labs have become a popular instrument to find solutions to the pressing challenge that cities face: How can they combine economic prosperity, social cohesion, and environmental sustainability? While the normalisation of Urban Living Labs in cities is well evident to date, a lack of understanding in the nature and purpose of the empirical phenomenon leaves open many challenges yet to be overcome. One particular challenge is about their potential impact to contribute to transformative changes. By combining a retrospective historical literature review with a comparative case study to three Urban Living Labs in the city of Groningen, the Netherlands, this study explores how the triadic relationship between stakeholder roles, funding options and outcomes generated influences the impact creation of Urban Living Labs. The study confirms and adds to current theoretical positions taken about how to overcome issues regarding impact creation in terms of a shared ideology and reviewing the concept of power. Also, it shows that opportunity lies within trust building among stakeholders in Urban Living Labs in order to enhance its potential via five ways: redesigning funding programs, look out for new ways to access effectiveness, political empowerment of initiators, the level of abstract as facilitator in collaboration, and a clarification of the concept itself. Consequently, further research must focus on the social adoption and ownership of ULLs for sustainability and long-term impact, especially in local contexts, and how to make them self-sustaining and less dependent on external funding streams, like municipal subsidies.
Lecturer and researcher in Spatial Planning at Zuyd University of Applied Sciences at the Built Environment Academy and Smart Urban Redesign research centre
Stefano BlezerLecturer and researcher in Spatial Planning at Zuyd University of Applied Sciences at the Built Environment Academy and Smart Urban Redesign research centre
Stefano Blezer is lecturer and researcher in Spatial Planning at Zuyd University of Applied Sciences at the Built Environment Academy and Smart Urban Redesign research centre. He holds a BSc. in Spatial Planning at the eponymous institute (2017) and a MSc. in Socio- Spatial Planning from the University of Groningen, the Netherlands (2020). His BSc. is about Urban Living Labs and its applicability in the context of Limburg, and his MSc. thesis is about Urban Living Labs and its potential to shape systemic changes in doing urban development. Respectively both were awarded as best thesis (BSc.) and top 3 (MSc.) thesis among the same cohort of graduates. Currently, he is involved in urban renewal projects in the city of Maastricht and Heerlen. His expertise mainly revolves around the relationship between the physical built environment and human behaviour as well as related themes such as spatial justice, spatial inequalities or co-creation governance- and collaboration modes. Besides, Blezer advocates an established role for spatial planning in achieving the UN SDGs.
Rural Living Lab: What is that and how is it shaped?
by Abdolrasoul Habibipour, Johanna Lindberg, Mari Runardotter, Yomn Elmistikawy, Anna Stahlbrost and Diana Chroneer
Track: Full Research Paper
Topic: Urban & Rural Resillence and Digital Social Innovation
- Digital transformation
- Living Lab
- Rural living lab
- Rural residents
- User engagement
Abstract. Digital transformation (DT) has received increasing attention in recent years. Despite this, most of the current studies have been focused on digital transformation in more advanced societies, more particularly urban areas, and this concept within rural context has not been investigated enough. This study aims at exploring how a rural living lab (Rural LL) is shaped and how this approach is designed to support digital transformation processes in rural context. In so doing, following a design science research methodology (DSRM), we have designed an artefact (i.e., Rural LL framework) which is an “instantiation” that supports user centric digitalization of rural areas. The designed framework is developed based on the key components of “traditional” and “urban” living labs, as well as empirical data which was collected within the context of DigiBy project. The main constructs (key components) of this framework are: 1) rural context, 2) digitalization, 3) governance, control, and business mode, and 4) quintuple helix actors. We also offer an empirically derived definition of the rural living lab concept, following by avenues for future research.
PhD In Information Systems
Abdolrasoul HabibipourPhD In Information Systems
Abdolrasoul Habibipour (Ph.D.) is a postdoctoral researcher in Information Systems at Luleå University of Technology, Sweden and managing director of Botnia Living Lab, Sweden. His research focuses on participatory design and user engagement in living lab context, with a particular emphasis on users’ motivations and needs. Abdolrasoul has experience teaching and supervising students at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels and has published several journal and conference articles in his research topic. He has been involved in different international innovation and research projects such as Privacy Flag, USEMP and U4IoT projects and is currently working on UNaLab, LiLaCC and ACCLab projects, all of which are financed by the European Commission.
by Dot Baker
Track: Practitioners Presentations
Topic: Culture & Creativity
Abstract. Makerspaces can be spaces for exploration, collaboration and equity, but are often seen are white, middle class spaces for men. We look at how through a social action and creative technology programme, co-created with young people we can create a more equitable environment to make long term change in communities and beyond.
Head of Young People and Emerging Creatives and Knowle West Media Centre
Dot BakerHead of Young People and Emerging Creatives and Knowle West Media Centre
Dot is the Head of Young People and Emerging Creatives and Knowle West Media Centre, where she designs and manages exciting innovative programmes for young people, such as, Future Legacy Project and Maker City. With over 10 years of facilitation experience and a qualified coach, Dot is able to inspire all ages in digital workshops, from coding to laser cutting, VR to 3D printing.
ReThink ReMake Recycle – participatory science communication
by Lorraine Hudson, Fiona Dowling, Penny Evans, Zoe Banks Gross, Luke Sweeney and Josephine Gyasi
Track: Practitioners Presentation
Topic: Culture & Creativity and Digital Social Innovation
- Citizen science
- Engagement, inclusive
Participatory approaches such as citizen science offer the potential to open up research to society, yet the majority of people participating are affluent and well educated. We present a case study from the EU funded ParCos project where Bristol Living Lab collaborated with people typically underrepresented in science – those who face social economic disadvantage and Black, Asian and other minority ethnic communities. Working with families we explored issues of citizen empowerment in conducting and communicating science by collecting and using data to address issues of importance to them, using arts-based approaches. We designed an activity called ‘ReThink ReMake ReCycle’, which investigated the scale and impact of common household waste materials by unpicking the data behind what we waste. We followed a process of online social learning (workshops) and hands on making to explore sustainable solutions and alternatives and tell stories using the data collected. The lessons learnt include practical ways to increase the diversity of people involved in citizen science and to ensure participation is meaningful and adjusted to different ways of thinking, learning and living. We describe creative ways of working with communities to generate new forms of knowledge production. We also reflect on issues such as equity, power, exploitation and commitment to engagement that provide useful insights for ways in which Living Labs can develop more inclusive practices.
Director of Bristol Living Lab
Lorraine HudsonDirector of Bristol Living Lab
Lorraine is the Bristol Living Lab Manager at Knowle West Media Centre (KWMC). Bristol Living Lab brings together citizens, artists, technologists, business, academics and public sector organisations to co-create ideas, tools and technologies that address local challenges. Lorraine manages the development of social innovation projects with a focus on diversity and inclusion of citizens, collaborating with a wide range of external stakeholders including academia, business, the public and voluntary sectors. She works to ensure that the Living Lab programme enables skills, employment and enterprise opportunities for people in South Bristol and across neighbourhoods in Bristol. She also supports projects that contribute to inclusive growth and wellbeing and that share learning across the region. Lorraine has over 20 years’ experience of working in the environmental, digital technology and education sectors, with a particular focus on working with citizens on the co-creation of sustainable cities and communities. She has worked in academia, local government, consultancy and industry, as well as the community sector. She is also an Associate Lecturer and Visiting Research Fellow at The Open University and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Socially-oriented urban living labs in post-industrial cities: challenges and lessons learned
by Elsa Gallez, Stéphanie Van Dooselaere and Constance Uyttebrouck
Track: Practitioners Presentation
Topic: Urban & Rural Resillence and Challenges for Living Labs
- Socially-oriented ULLs
- European project
- Post-industrial cities regeneration
- Citizen participation
- Model of governance
Abstract In the context of the European project A Place To Be-Come, the University of Liège has the mission to support the implementation of citizen spaces in a disadvantaged neighbourhood of Seraing. The purpose of these spaces is to be led by the inhabitants and local associations in order to contribute to the urban and social regeneration of the neighbourhood. This work presents the pertinence of ULLs in post-industrial cities going through a physical and social metamorphosis, then the expected objectives of the project and finally the first observations, results and lessons learned.
Stephanie Van Doosselaere
Architect and senior researcher within the LEMA
Stephanie Van DoosselaereArchitect and senior researcher within the LEMA
Stephanie Van Doosselaere is an architect and senior researcher within the LEMA laboratory of the University of Liège. She graduated from the faculty of Architecture La Cambre in Brussels and gained experience in design, town planning and project management within architecture offices and universities. Through various action-research projects, she has specialized in the study of urban renewal strategies, more specifically of neighborhoods, based on a more active citizenship in order to increase individual and community responsibilities contributing to the improvement of the quality of life in the neighborhoods. She`s currently the project coordinator of the Interreg project "N-power"(www.n- powerinterreg.com) at the University of Liege that aims to test innovative methods of citizen participation through pilot projects in various cities of the EMR.
Research assistant at the University of Liège in the LEMA (Local Environment Management and Analysis) urban planning and mobility research unit.
Bertrand RiquetResearch assistant at the University of Liège in the LEMA (Local Environment Management and Analysis) urban planning and mobility research unit.
Bertrand Riquet is a research assistant at the University of Liège in the LEMA (Local Environment Management and Analysis) urban planning and mobility research unit. His mission is to develop tools and methods to facilitate citizen participation. Within the context of the European project UIA (Urban Innovative Actions) in Seraing, Belgium, he implements actions with inhabitants and local actors in order to include them in the process of urban regeneration of the city. Bertrand Riquet holds a master's degree in urban planning from the University of Liège. He initially worked in the domain of city lighting at the Radiance 35 agency in Belgium, where he learned the challenges of urban regeneration and the importance of involving citizens in this process.