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Whitaker Ideas Forum: Learning from Living Labs: Experiences from the field

February 13, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Speaker(s): Eimear Heaslip

Affiliation: Environment, Development and Sustainability

Organised by: Whitaker Institute for Innovation and Societal Change, NUI Galway

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Living Labs are approaches or tools to drive sustainable development by providing spaces for innovative experimentation, by facilitating systematic monitoring and learning, and by involving various actors and users as co-creators of knowledge in real-world settings. As part of the H2020 ENERGISE project (www.energise-project.eu) the team developed ENERGISE Living Labs (ELLs) which are small-scale targeted interventions that aim to engage households and communities in co-creating and experimenting new energy practices. 16 ELLs, engaging 320 households were implemented in eight European countries in the Autumn and Winter of 2018. The aim of the ELLs is to employ practice-based approaches to reduce energy use in households while co-creating knowledge on why energy-intensive practices are performed and how they depend on the context in which they are performed. This presentation outlines the implementation of two of these ELLs in County Tipperary in Ireland. Insights and key learnings from the field are shared including: the role of intermediaries, ELLs and resource commitments, trust relationships with the communities involved and the ongoing sustainability of Living Lab approaches.

This is one of a series of seminars in the Whitaker Ideas Forum. Eimear will be representing the Environment, Development and Sustainability research cluster.









The Whitaker Ideas Forum is a weekly seminar, running Wednesday’s throughout the semester from 1:00pm-2:00pm in CA110. It provides the opportunity for members of the Institute to showcase their research. The result are presentations that highlight the diversity of the research being undertaken, while allowing for an opportunity to engage in discussions and, sometimes, collaboration with attendees. Below, you will find a list of this semester’s seminars, please click the title for more information on that seminar.

Date Presenter Seminar Topic Whitaker

Research Cluster

23 January Eoin Daly Popular Sovereignty after Brexit Conflict, Humanitarianism and Security
30 January Tom Gillespie Rising waters and falling prices: The effects of flood risk on the Irish housing market SEMRU
6 February Sinead Mellett Farmers perception of climate change in Ireland Innovation and Structural Change
13 February Eimear Heaslip Learning from Living Labs: Experiences from the field Environment, Development and Sustainability
20 February Lorraine D’Arcy Spatial Planning, Urban Design, Transport and Human Health – Much more than footpaths and cycleways Social Sciences Research Centre
27 February Luke McGrath Natural capital accounting for Ireland through boom and bust: Genuine Savings 1990-2016 SEMRU
6 March Dmitry Brychkov Systems Social Marketing Approach to Upscale Galway Cycling System SIPPS
13 March Mairead O’Connor Can temporality theory improve our understanding of project management problems? : A software development perspective Agile and Open Innovation (LERO)
20 March Aristides Vara Horna Domestic Violence and Businesses: Consequences and Responses in Global South Gender and Public Policy
27 March Valerie Ledwith Discounting the Displaced: Examining Hungary’s Denial of Human Security for Migrants, Asylum Seekers and Refugees


Population and Migration