What is Living Labs?

We promote a Living Lab approach, which is an opportunity for students, academic staff, professional staff and external actors to work together on collaborative research projects looking at real life sustainability problems. This approach allows research, education and operations to mix and work effectively together within the university to enhance sustainable development.

RiA Mind mapA lot of the knowledge you learn as a student stays theoretical during that time. The skills  and experience you gain, and there are a lot of them, can be hard to recognise and articulate when it comes to finding the career that’s right for you.

Research in Action (RiA) can help to change that by giving you hands on experience working with University staff, academics from across the University, local businesses, organisations and charities. Collaborating with people you might not have otherwise, and venturing into new learning environments outside of the lab and lecture theatre will build both your skills and your confidence.

The majority of the projects available also contribute something meaningful to the wider world. If you’re thinking of doing your own project this is your opportunity to make a difference to the issues that matter to you: social equality, homelessness, environmental issues, or anything else!

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What is classed as a sustainability issue?

The United Nations' Global Goals shows the wide range of sustainability issues that Living Lab projects could research - not only looking at environmental issues, but social responsibility too. These 17 goals aim to end poverty, fight inequality and stop climate change, and can be seen as a to-do list for the world – to help people become socially responsible global citizens. So if your research project relates to one of these issues, then it could be a Living Lab project.

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Contact Us!

Do you have any questions or a project idea?

Contact Hannah Sellers (Academic Engagement Officer) or the Social Impact Team

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