European cities face a pressing challenge to provide economic prosperity and social cohesion while achieving environmental sustainability.

In response, new ‘living labs’ – sites devised to design, test and learn from social and technical innovation in real time – are being formed. Individual cases have been studied, but limited work has been done to understand how they work across different national contexts and how we can scale-up their impact or share lessons across European cities. This project brings together leading European research partners and practitioners to investigate urban living labs and enhance their potential for contributing to sustainability transitions.




GUST – Governance of urban sustainability transitions: advancing the role of living labs
Duration: 2014–2017
Contact: Kes McCormick, Lund University
Budget: 1.429.939 EUR
Partners: Durham University, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Joanneum Research, Lund University




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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 857160.