Contextualizing and generalizing drivers and barriers of urban living labs for climate resilience

SCORE project partners from IHS, ERINN, ENOLL, and ATU have published a paper in the journal Environmental Policy and Governance. It is available in open access. 

Abstract

Urban Living Labs are open innovation ecosystems that integrate research and inno-vation activities within urban communities. However, while solutions co-created andtested in the Urban Living Labs must be contextualized and tailored to each city’suniqueness, broader impact requires generalization and systematic replication acrossgeographical, institutional, and sectoral boundaries. This article examines nine LivingLabs in European coastal cities, identifying several barriers and drivers for main-streaming and upscaling solutions to increase climate resilience through the LivingLab Integrative Process. Our analysis focuses on three main categories. First, socialand cultural aspects highlighted include stakeholder engagement and awareness,communication, and dissemination. Second, we assess institutional and politicalaspects, such as silos, bureaucracy, and resources. Last, we investigate technical fac-tors as knowledge and experience, technical and internal capacity, data availabilityand accessibility, climate-related policies and actions, and long-term perspective. Theresults suggest that while some barriers and drivers are common across the cases,providing generalizable patterns, there are also specific differences requiring tailoredsolutions at the local scale. Nonetheless, the diversity in drivers indicates the poten-tial for sharing knowledge across cases to translate, embed, and scale solutions,enhancing the transition toward climate resilience. Learning and innovation in real-life contexts are fundamental in the Living Lab approach, and our findings demon-strate that cross-case learning can enhance an iterative process of contextualizingand generalizing innovative climate solutions.

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Title: Contextualizing and generalizing drivers and barriers of urban living labs for climate resilience

Authors: Laura Quadros Aniche, Jurian Edelenbos, Alberto Gianoli, Rochelle Caruso, Marta Irene deLosR├şos-White, Charmae Pyl Wissink-Nercua, Asier Undabeitia, Elena Marie Ense├▒ado, and Salem Gharbia

Cite as: Quadros Aniche, Laura, Jurian Edelenbos, Alberto Gianoli, Rochelle Caruso, Marta Irene deLosR├şos-White, Charmae Pyl Wissink-Nercua, Asier Undabeitia, Elena Marie Ense├▒ado, and Salem Gharbia. ÔÇśContextualizing and Generalizing Drivers and Barriers of Urban Living Labs for Climate ResilienceÔÇÖ. Environmental Policy and Governance, 17 January 2024. https://doi.org/10.1002/eet.2097

 

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