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

Towards a methodology for monitoring and evaluating living labs: Insights from the early stages within the SCORE Project

Ensenado, Elena Marie, Kammerer, Lukas; Den Dekker, Janneke; Lionggo, Indriany; Aamot. Tiril; Quadros Aniche, Laura; Vanelli, Francesca; Makousiari, Elina; Nercua Wissink, Charmae; Caruso, Rochelle; Vervoert, Koen; de los Rios White, Marta

Elena Marie Enseñado

Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS), Erasmus University Rotterdam Specialist in Nature-based Climate Change Adaptation Planning, PhD Candidate

Track: Living Lab Transition

Abstract: Monitoring and evaluation is a recognized method to achieve the intended results and examine the outcomes and impacts of a given intervention. In this study, we propose and apply a framework of key themes, indicators, and corresponding data collection methods for monitoring and evaluating living labs. The framework is applied in ten “Coastal City Living Labs” which are part of the Smart Control of the Climate Resilience in European Coastal Cities (SCORE) project. Ultimately, the comparison of applying the framework across ten different cases is assessed with the aim of generating a universally applicable framework for M&E of LLs.  

Keywords: Living labs, monitoring, evaluation, methodology, impact, sustainability.

Building a living labs learning framework: Understanding the type, process, levels and outcomes of learning in living labs

Astha Bhatta, Heleen Vreudenhil, Jill Slinger

Astha Batta

Researcher Delft University

Track: Living Lab Transition

Abstract: Learning is an integral part of living lab activities and outcomes. This research in progress tries to understand the learning aspects in the collaborative activities and innovative outputs of living labs by developing an analytical learning framework for living labs and applying it to the case study of KLIMAP living labs in the Netherlands. The research adopts a mix of approaches, including qualitative document analysis, interviews and participation in brainstorming and knowledge sessions. The study develops a working analytical living labs learning framework. The preliminary findings of the framework in the KLIMAP living lab show different types of knowledge on content, capacity and network are intentionally or incidentally produced at different levels (individual, team, community) of a living lab.

Keywords: Co-creation, innovation, learning, knowledge types, knowledge-levels.

How to build consensus between multidisciplinary teams on methods and tools for co-designing interventions in the energy transition through Living Labs

Fiona Zimmermann, Dr. Joelle Mastelic, Dr. Anton Sentic, Debora Frei, Evelyn Lobsiger-Kägi, Nadine Späni, Prof. Dr. Timo von Wirth

Fiona Zimmermann

Senior Scientific Associate at the University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland

Track: Living Lab Transition

Abstract: Using appropriate methods and tools throughout the innovation process is essential to maximise resources and ensure success towards a sustainable energy transition. In the Lantern Project, interventions in the energy field will be developed through applying the Living Lab Integrative Process (LLIP) (Mastelic, 2019) using a range of participative, analytical, open innovation methods and tools. A review of these methods and tools using an adapted version of the Delphi method, to obtain consensus, will be undertaken. Insights from transitions labs, Reallabore and Living labs outside Lantern will be sought to build consensus on the methods and tools proposed. The research is expected to help identify differences in methodological approaches between researchers and practitioners, gain consensus on, and identify tensions as well as new approaches, methods and tools in the Swiss and EU research and practice communities. 

Keywords: Living Lab Integrative Process (LLIP), Multidisciplinary, Delphi method, Consensus, Energy Transition.

Harmonizing the Living Lab Language: Towards a Living Lab Lexicon (LLL)

Eva Kehayia, Teemu Santone, Nancy Azevedo, Gonia Jarema, Gary Libben, Brendan Gillon, Despoina Petsani, Jill Boruff, Sophie Cardinal, Panagiotis Bamidis & Evdokimos Konstantinidis

Nancy Azevedo

Research Associate Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Rehabilitation of Greater Montreal (CRIR)

Eva Kehayia

Associate Professor and Research Director at the School of Physical and Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Medicine at McGill University

Track: Living Lab Transition

Abstract: With Living Lab (LL) research and infrastructures supported by LLs increasing exponentially over the past two decades, there is a need for clear and fluid language, understanding and communication among the LL communities and all those who come into contact with LLs. We present a ‘Research in progress paper’ detailing the steps (term identification, definition(s) selection and validation through internal and external consensus) in the creation of an open access dynamic Living Lab Lexicon.

Keywords: Living Lab, Lexicon, Terminology, Communication, Harmonization.