Impacts of urban living labs on sustainability transitions: mechanisms and strategies for systemic change through experimentation

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@article{d47deb62bafa481bb5aa94cfb13ac980,
title = "Impacts of urban living labs on sustainability transitions: mechanisms and strategies for systemic change through experimentation",
abstract = "Urban Living Labs (ULL) are considered spaces to facilitate experimentation about sustainability solutions. ULL represent sites that allow different urban actors to design, test and learn from socio-technical innovations. However, despite their recent proliferation in the European policy sphere, the underlying processes through which ULL might be able to generate and diffuse new socio-technical configurations beyond their immediate boundaries have been largely disregarded and it remains to be examined how they contribute to urban sustainability transitions. With this study, we contribute to a better understanding of the diffusion mechanisms and strategies through which ULL (seek to) create a wider impact using the conceptual lens of transition studies. The mechanisms of diffusion are investigated in four distinct ULL in Rotterdam, the Netherlands and Malm{\"o}, Sweden. The empirical results indicate six specific strategies that aim to support the diffusion of innovations and know-how developed within ULL to a broader context: transformative place-making, activating network partners, replication of lab structure, education and training, stimulating entrepreneurial growth and narratives of impact.",
keywords = "cities, experimentation, sustainability transitions; diffusion, systemic change, Urban Living Labs",
author = "{von Wirth}, Timo and Lea Fuenfschilling and Niki Frantzeskaki and Lars Coenen",
year = "2019",
month = "2",
day = "1",
doi = "10.1080/09654313.2018.1504895",
language = "English",
volume = "27",
pages = "229--257",
journal = "European Planning Studies",
issn = "1469-5944",
publisher = "Taylor & Francis",
number = "2",

}