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Designing social living labs in urban research

Designing social living labs in urban research Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to develop a more socially centred understanding of living labs for urban research questions by reflecting on current technologically centred and innovation-driven approaches. Design/methodology/approach – The paper takes the form of literature review complemented by conceptual knowledge from practical experiences. Findings – Urban living labs, as they were introduced from a technological and economic point of view, have to be translated into the context of social sciences. By doing so, they may be a promising tool to stimulate co-creation and collaboration also in urban research projects that focus on social research questions and include diverse target groups. Socially centred living labs take into account the local context by developing a space of encounter for the participants in the urban living lab and by implementing a set of living methods that suit both the research design and the local requirements. Originality/value – This paper argues that urban living labs can be a valuable tool in urban research to include researchers, politicians, local stakeholders and residents in an open concept of co-creation. It argues that a locally contextualised design in terms of space and methods is necessary to create an environment of trust and collaboration. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Info Emerald Publishing

Designing social living labs in urban research

Info , Volume 17 (4): 14 – Jun 8, 2015

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Emerald Publishing
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Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN
1463-6697
DOI
10.1108/info-01-2015-0008
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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to develop a more socially centred understanding of living labs for urban research questions by reflecting on current technologically centred and innovation-driven approaches. Design/methodology/approach – The paper takes the form of literature review complemented by conceptual knowledge from practical experiences. Findings – Urban living labs, as they were introduced from a technological and economic point of view, have to be translated into the context of social sciences. By doing so, they may be a promising tool to stimulate co-creation and collaboration also in urban research projects that focus on social research questions and include diverse target groups. Socially centred living labs take into account the local context by developing a space of encounter for the participants in the urban living lab and by implementing a set of living methods that suit both the research design and the local requirements. Originality/value – This paper argues that urban living labs can be a valuable tool in urban research to include researchers, politicians, local stakeholders and residents in an open concept of co-creation. It argues that a locally contextualised design in terms of space and methods is necessary to create an environment of trust and collaboration.

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InfoEmerald Publishing

Published: Jun 8, 2015

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