Available projects

Discover your Living Lab idea by checking out the list of available projects.

United Nations' 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The Living Lab projects listed here are proposed and owned by the Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability.

If you're interested in applying for one of the living labs for your dissertation, please:

  1. Send your CV and a personal statement to Explain why you want to apply and highlight the skills and experience that could benefit the project.

  2. You'll be contacted for a discussion about your project ideas, either informally or through an interview.

  3. If your application is successful, you and your academic supervisor will be asked to sign a Memorandum of Understanding before starting the research. This document outlines how you'll work together and each party's responsibilities.  


Coastal Restoration: Carbon Assessment

Research question: How can we most effectively measure carbon sequestration in coastal and marine habitats with a focus on seagrass in Scotland?

The Vision for Change: The outputs of this research will inform the further scope for planning and implementation of the University’s Coastal Restoration Project regarding Blue Carbon and a methodology for monitoring.

Social Impact and Community

Research question: Is it possible for the University of Edinburgh to determine whether it is having good social impact?

The Vision for Change: Large organisations like the University need to develop an approach for measuring their social impact that has a sound conceptual underpinning. This will enable better understanding of the University’s social impact and will also inform future decision-making about the University’s activities. The latter will include the design of the University’s 2025-30 Community Plan.  

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