Living Labs Summer School Call for Abstracts

The European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL) is pleased to invite submission of abstracts for presentation at its upcoming yearly ENoLL 4th Living Lab Summer School Research day taking place on August 27th 2013 as part of the Summer School (28/8 – 30/8) in Manchester, UK. Registrations to the Summer School will be opened shortly.

The three day Summer School includes several workshops, presentations and excursions and site-visits with the aim of giving the participants a wider insight about models, theories and technologies related to Living Labs and the opportunity to gain hands-on experience from the leading experts on the subject and finally participants are invited to network with other Living Lab enthusiasts.

After the three successful Summer School editions in Paris 2010, Barcelona 2011 and Helsinki 2012, the 4th edition will be held in Manchester, UK. The Summer School is sponsored by the European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL) and will be co-organised by ENoLL effective member Manchester Digital Development Agency (MDDA) and hosted at the Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) campus close to the city centre.

We invite you to be part of this exciting event by responding to this Call for Abstracts and look forward to reading your abstract!


Call for Abstracts

Within the context of open innovation and user innovation, Living Labs have emerged as an innovation management approach based on stakeholder co-creation and relying on contextual user involvement. Living Labs can be physical regions as well as virtual realities where stakeholders form so-called public-private-people partnerships (Schumacher & Niitamo, 2008; Følstad, 2008; Ståhlbröst, 2008; Almirall & Wareham, 2008; Schuurman et al., 2011). Living labs are built on four key principles: co-creation, exploration, experimentation and evaluation (Schaffers et al., 2007; Westerlund & Leminen, 2011).

Another Living Labs-characteristic is the natural context for end-users, allowing to capture contextual feedback on user experience. In practice, Living Labs have been put to use for social innovation purposes, giving a voice to end-users to allow to find bottom-up solutions to their own needs & wants, but also for more evaluative purposes, validating and finetuning ‘top-down’ innovations from companies or public institutions. Innovation is considered in a rather broad sense, as it can consist of incremental innovation, radical innovation, process innovation, service innovation, etc. This has led to a multitude of initiatives and projects being labeled as a Living Lab.

As a rather young and recent phenomenon, there are still a lot of challenges and issues to be tackled by both scholars and practitioners. It is necessary to add to both the theoretical and practical knowledge on Living Labs in order to advance the state-of-the-art of this field. Within this call for papers, we welcome both conceptual and empirical papers.

Accepted contributions will be published in the proceedings of the Summer School with an ISBN number.

The submitted papers focus preferably, but not exclusively, on the following topics:

  • Frameworks and paradigms for Living Labs
  • Living Labs as open innovation networks and ecosystems
  • User-driven innovation in Living Labs / Bottom-up Living Labs
  • Living Labs for social innovation
  • Entrepreneurship and Living Labs
  • Living Labs and Future Internet (Research)
  • Living Labs domain specific cases (education, culture, AAL, environment, energy, food, logistics, mobility etc)
  • Urban Living Labs and their contribution to developing Future Internet enabled services in Smart Cities
  • Living Labs involved service design and user experience
  • Tools and methodologies for Living Labs
  • Impact assessment in Living Labs
  • Living Labs & Smart Cities
  • Failed Living Labs cases



Format: 2-pager

Abstract + keywords + research questions + main results + main lesson/take-away for the Living Labs community

Primary author must also submit a brief biography (max. 100 words) with the abstract.


Language: English

Submitted abstracts will be reviewed by referees assigned by the Scientific Steering Committee for acceptance or rejection.

By submitting your abstract, you are hereby authorizing ENoLL to publish your abstract and full paper in the Summer School proceedings.


Deadline: June 28h, 2013

Notification: July 17th, 2013


Send your abstracts to the ENoLL Office (info(at) by the end of the deadline June 28th, 2013.


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