Living Labs for Enhancing Innovation and Rural Development: Methodology and Implementation Articles uri icon

publication date

  • January 2009

start page

  • 21

end page

  • 46


  • 11

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1442-9331


  • This paper describes, analyses and evaluates the methodologies that have been used within the C@R Integrated Project for launching and developing seven rural living labs innovation
    environments. After introducing the living lab experimentation
    environments, we describe the methodological framework developed in C@R.
    It is distinguished between strategic methodologies to establish and
    shape the living labs, and operational methodologies to run living lab
    innovation projects as experimentation and evaluation cycles. We discuss
    and assess how the living lab methodological framework has been
    implemented in the living labs and which lessons can be learned. Finally
    on the basis of a socio-technical change perspective we provide a wider
    outlook into the role of living labs as instruments and strategies for
    innovation and discuss implications for policy.