Social Responsibility and Sustainability

Positive impacts of Living Labs

Find out how past Living Lab projects have led to positive impacts, results and policy changes. Read what others got out of their Living Lab project experiences.

Rosie and Caitlin setting up the Building Futures exhibition

Living Lab case studies on our blog, The Seed

Read about student experiences of working on Living Lab projects as part of their coursework or dissertations and insights from conferences that highlight the benefits of the living lab approach.

Living Lab themed blog posts

Testimonials from students

Find out what students thought of their Living Lab projects.

My placement with SRS has been one of the highlights of my university career. Having had the opportunity to work on a real ‘living lab’ project that is both meaningful for me personally but also for the Department is a massive reward in itself. Most importantly, this placement has made me realise what sort of place I want to work at in the future. I want to work in a small dynamic team where colleagues support innovation and creativity and where sustainability is clearly the core of everything they do, and this is exactly what SRS is for me.

Amanda MidhamreCompleted a work-based placement with the department in order to produce research for her MSc Environmental Sustainability dissertation

The project itself felt relevant and was specific enough that it felt like our findings could have an actual impact.

Case Studies in Sustainable Development student

It has given me confidence in my ability to generate significant results for my dissertation.

Case Studies in Sustainable Development student

Testimonials from staff

75% of work-based supervisors say they would recommend proposing and supervising a Living Lab project to others.

It's been a lovely way to return back to the way I used to think, in terms of evidence leading to good policy, or direction. It's been nice to step out of that 'get the work done' way of thinking and into a 'is the work being done right' way of thinking instead.

Living Lab project supervisor

Completed Living Labs: project outputs

Read about past projects to inspire your own research interests.  Or develop your peers' recommendations further, so the Living Lab, lives on and the research impact grows year after year.

If you are inspired to take one of these projects further, please contact Vanessa.McCorquodale@ed.ac.uk

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