Accepted Research Papers
Following the evaluation procedure, the OLLD evaluation committee has accepted the research papers. All papers reflect on the theme of the conference “Living Labs for an Era of Transitions: how human-centric approach is changing our lives” and have been classified according to its sub-topics. These are Green Transition, Digital Transition, Social Transition, Just Transition and Living Labs Transition – Methodologies & Impact.
Selected papers by the Evaluation Committee
City blocks as living labs for sharing economy
Annamaria Rossi, Päivi Keränen, Jenni Merjankari & Veera Tolonen
Project Manager Forum Virium Helsinki
Annamaria RossiProject Manager Forum Virium Helsinki
Annamaria Rossi (M.Sc) is an urban geographer focusing on multi-sectoral collaboration and green urban development. Working as a Project Manager at Forum Virium Helsinki, a city owned innovation company, she's been facilitating multidisciplinary collaboration and agile piloting within different living lab projects.
Project Manager Metropolia University of Applied Sciences
Jenni MerjankariProject Manager Metropolia University of Applied Sciences
Jenni Merjankari (M.Sc.Tech.) is a Senior Lecturer and Project Manager at Metropolia University of Applied Sciences. She specializes in environmental engineering and sustainability issues, and has led several multidisciplinary projects related especially to circular economy in the built environment.
Track: Green Transtion
Abstract: While circular and sharing economy services are widely available at national and city levels, only a few apply directly to the city block level. In this presentation we explain how the circular and sharing economy has been promoted at the city block level by implementing co-creation activities and facilitating agile pilots in four pilot locations in the Helsinki region. The presentation provides insights from the living lab activities and how the learnings could be scaled-up.
Keywords: Circular economy, Sharing economy, Sustainable urban living, Action research, Agile piloting, Co-creation
LIFE-BECKON proposal for Transition Living Labs
Mauro Ostinelli, Ashtynn Trauth
Energy Efficiency Engineer, CEM
Mauro OstinelliEnergy Efficiency Engineer, CEM
Mauro has an environmental sciences degree with a master's degree in Energy Efficiency in Building, Industry and Transport. His professional career accumulates more than three years of experience in various sectors related to energy efficiency and facility management. Mauro has accumulated a strong experience in energy audits (+50 reports made) in industrial and commercial clients and in photovoltaic solar energy projects in medium and large companies. Also he worked in maintenance projects of Data Center facilities and monitoring systems in order to propose solutions for reducing energy consumption. His most recent experience was in the Institute for Energy Diversification and Saving (IDAE, acronyms in Spanish) in European Energy Efficiency Projects in the FEDER and Next Generation EU (DUS and DUS5000 programs) financial aid.
Track: Green Transition
Abstract: This paper discusses the importance of energy communities in the transition to renewable energy and how the LIFE-BECKON project is supporting their development through a comprehensive support mechanism, including a Technical Assistance Cookbook, Capacity Building program, and One-Stop-Shop platform. The role of Transition Living Labs in facilitating the development and scaling up of Energy Communities is also explored, with a focus on the Transition Living Lab created by LIFE-BECKON to validate its support mechanisms.
Keywords: Energy Communities, One-Stop-Shop, Technical Assistance, Transition Living.
Cluster Program as a tool for promoting circular economy in construction
Senior Advisor Business Helsinki / City of Helsinki
Mette HiltunenSenior Advisor Business Helsinki / City of Helsinki
Mette Hiltunen (MSc in Sustainable Design) works as a Senior Advisor in the City of Helsinki’s Circular Economy Cluster Program. She focuses especially on planning and coordinating the Cluster’s communications and events, stakeholder engagement, and facilitating innovation challenges and experiments carried out with companies and other partners. With a background in product design and development, innovation, and sustainability, Mette has experience of various EU-funded projects on urban innovation and sustainability and is interested in how the public and private sectors can co-create methods and solutions to accelerate the green transition together.
Track: Green Transition
Abstract: Collaborating between public departments and units, research institutes, universities and companies is necessary for implementing circular solutions in the construction sector. As a part of its ambitious environmental sustainability goals, the City of Helsinki founded the Circular Economy Cluster Program in 2021. To support the great demand for new information about circular economy in the construction sector, the Circular Economy Cluster Program serves as a development platform for testing and developing solutions that enable taking the circular leap. The Cluster brings together actors from within the city and the construction industry, co-develops circular solutions and processes, carries out real-life experiments and studies, and offers an informal space for knowledge exchange. Experiments and pilots are conducted on both city-owned development platforms, e.g., demolition sites and public spaces, and on privately owned premises.
Keywords: Circular economy, Public-Private Partnership, Innovation, Experimentation.
Learning Spaces as Living Labs in Dutch River Management: Joint effort to improve river management through innovation
Heleen Vreugdenhil, Astrid Bout, Astha Bhatta, Jill Slinger
Senior Researcher Deltares
Heleen VreugdenhilSenior Researcher Deltares
Heleen Vreugdenhil holds a PhD in the field of Policy Analysis from Delft University of Technology, on the role of pilot projects as experimental spaces in water management. Heleen works at Deltares (The Netherlands) as a senior researcher on innovation management in water. She focuses on the implementation of new water management concepts such as Nature Based Solutions, as well as the use of new concepts such as Living Labs to support innovation and decision making in the public space. Additionally, Heleen holds an appointment at Delft University of Technology where she supervises projects on Living Labs on climate adaptation in rural areas and financing of NBS.
Track: Green Transition
Problem statement: Rijkwaterstaat initiated in 2014 so-called Learning Spaces in the Dutch branches of the River Rhine (1,2). Learning Spaces are innovative forms of Living Labs as they are part of multi-year maintenance contracts between Rijkswaterstaat and a contractor, and in which knowledge institutes are invited to participate. Furthermore, the connection to the maintenance contract gives the living lab direct access to real-life challenges to be addressed and an experimental space. The aim of the living lab is to develop innovations improving efficiency and sustainability of river management.
Keywords: Innovation Team, Rhine, Operational Management, Quadruple Helix.
The Role of Policy in City-Region Food System Transformation: Evidence from Living Labs across Europe
Suzanne van Osch and Stella Archontaki
Junior Researcher in the department of Environmental Economics of the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM) at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Stella ArchontakiJunior Researcher in the department of Environmental Economics of the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM) at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Stella is a Junior Researcher in the department of Environmental Economics of the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM) at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Her background in marketing and business led her to work in social entrepreneurship projects and EU HORIZON 2020 programs, while simultaneously exploring permaculture design in non-formal educational set-ups and practicing farming. Stella continued her studies in Environment and Resource Management (MSc), at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. Her research focuses on the role of urban-rural governance and bottom-up approaches to sustainable transformations of urban food systems. She is also fascinated by debates on degrowth and the urban commons. Currently Stella contributes to the CITIES2030 project, a multidisciplinary HORIZON 2020 project that aims to bring together cities and citizens, and collectively transform their city-region food systems by adopting the Living Lab concept and policy experimentation.
Track: Green Transition
Abstract: The rising need for system wide food system transformation is recognised across the nexus of environmental sustainability, human health, social justice, and economics. These pressures are most perceived in city-regions, where the complexity and effects of food systems are concentrated. Living Labs have started being developed as experimentation grounds for city region food system (CRFS) transformation. Yet, the role that local policy can play in the transformation process is unknown. This paper presents an assessment of CRFS labs across Europe, focusing on food stakeholders and policy actor perspectives to provide insight into policy initiatives, policy instruments and the factors influencing food transformation policies at city-level. In-depth semi-structured interviews with CRFS lab coordinators from thirteen city-regions across Europe capture the variation in characteristics of CRFS. Lessons are drawn on policy efforts and experimentation, which portrays the diversity of approaches and the power dynamics, local capacities, mandates, and priorities in urban (food) agendas. Mapping out responses to CRFS challenges demonstrates a transition from top-down to citizen-driven collaborative models where citizens, local governments and organisations play an increasing role in the development and implementation of transformative activities and policies. Findings also stress current gaps in cross-scale governance collaboration and highlight the need for adopting system thinking principles in the urban food governance discourse, moving away from monomeric responses to the calls for sustainability in CRFS.
Keywords: Living Lab, Policy Lab, Food Governance, Food System Transformation, City Region Food System (CRFS), Sustainability.