Living Labs

Definition of Living Labs: “Physical regions or virtual realities where stakeholders from public-private-people partnerships (4Ps) of firms, public agencies, universities, institutes, and users all collaborating for creation, prototyping, validating, and testing of new technologies, services, products and systems in real-life contexts” (Westerlund and Leminen, 2011)


In INVEST we will develop a new pedagogy that includes applied research projects from the regional Living Labs into our education, both in modules, traineeships and final thesis work. INVEST students will have more opportunity to apply knowledge to concrete situations and come up with innovative solutions where civic society will benefit from. By introducing methods of learning by doing off the Universities of Applied Sciences and combine these with the more theoretical approaches of the scientific universities the educational programs of INVEST will become more interesting and relevant for both students, staff, researchers and future employers.

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