Health & Wellbeing papers


Dr. Evdokimos I. Konstantinidis & Prof. Dr. An Jacobs

Submissions to this track deal with health and/or wellbeing-related Living Lab research and practice. This includes eHealth, Health Living Labs, patient-centric innovation, …

Citizen Science in Urban Living Labs for Rainfall and Flood Monitoring

by Carina Veeckman and Laura Temmerman

Category:  Full Research 


  • Citizen Science
  • Urban Living Labs
  • Flood Risk Management
  • Environmental Monitoring

Abstract. The participation of the general public in flood risk management is a recent phenomenon. Cities are exploring different participatory mechanisms to reinforce the rights of the public to access information about flood risks and to have a say in the planning processes. Through developments in sensing technology, data processing and visualizations, citizen science is emerging as a promising field for the general public to participate in scientific research that informs policy making. This paper reviews the emergence of citizen participation in rainfall and flood monitoring initiatives and explores the role of Urban Living Labs to complement the development and knowledge generation of flood services. Data were collected through a comparative case study of diverse citizen participation projects for monitoring floods in and beyond Europe. The projects are compared on the level of typology and actor network.

Further, lessons learned are drawn from the FloodCitiSense project that involved three Urban Living Labs in Rotterdam, Birmingham and Brussels. The FloodCitiSense project engages citizens in the flood precaution phase through the analysis of crowdsourced information and invests in awareness building around pluvial floods through a mobile and web-based application. Through a facilitated co-creation approach the particular role of citizens in flood risk management in the three cities was validated and put into practice. The discussion reflects about the delineation and interplay of citizen science in Urban Living Labs for environmental monitoring, and its advantages and challenges.

Social prescribing and citizen science

by Sonja Pedell

Category:  Full Research 


  • Social prescribing
  • citizen science,
  • co-design
  • health services

Abstract. Social prescribing is a new concept in Europe aiming for a more holistic health approach to increase social integration. Through a feasibility study on introducing social prescription in Australia we demonstrate that a bottom-up approach is necessary to understand how to involve healthcare providers, staff, and service users in designing a social prescribing service. We framed the involvement of the multiple stakeholder groups as one informed by citizen science. This way it was possible to understand how to overcome organisational barriers of applying this concept and make most of existing staff and resources in the existing service landscape of the collaboration partner. The result is a concept proposal that suggests clear pathways for social prescription based on the healthcare providers’ and their stakeholders’ values and needs as well as recommendations for co-evaluation in the future. We suggest that our approach can inform other health related services giving future stakeholders a stronger voice not only in the design and implementation but also maintaining health services that extend the traditional medical model of health.


Evaluation and Design guidelines for behaviour change in renewable energy communities

by Olivia De Ruyck

Category: Research-in-progress


  • Energy consumption feedback
  • prototype
  • energy community
  • feedback
  • information
  • interface
  • behaviour

Abstract. Energy Communities, where energy can be produced, stored locally and shared with others, are crucial to meet challenging climate objectives. However, currently residents of shared energy projects receive no feedback about the real-time consumption in the building and they cannot adjust their behaviour according to the needs of the community.  In this research in progress we describe the "Mona Prisa", an interactive prototype for feedback in Energy Communities. The prototype is located at the entrance of a building and displays energy, water and heat flows. After the design phase (based on the results from 51 interviews), this research in progress wants to evaluate the prototype, search for optimal interfaces and define design guidelines for interfaces in Energy Communities.

Designing Ubiquitous Artifacts For Digital Wellbeing

by Suhaib Aslam

Category: Practitioners papers


  • Digital wellbeing
  • responsible design
  • human-data interaction
  • ambient interfaces
  • screen time
  • tangible data
  • ubiquitous technology

Abstract. Uncontrolled, brief smartphone revisitations are a grave, prevalent issue. Much of typical smartphone usage is shown to consist of short, repetitive revisitation habits which can have dire consequences for mental health. Despite its prevalence, uncontrolled revisitation remains largely untapped in digital wellbeing interventions. This is the case despite the degree of control over device usage forming the centrality of digital wellbeing.