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Investigating the Future of Urban Living: The Exchange at Knowledge Market

The Exchange at Knowledge Market was an interdisciplinary living lab and a research partnership between and RMIT University in Melbourne and Lendlease, an international property and infrastructure group. For a period of 18 months, a team of designers, social scientists and students were embedded at Victoria Harbour in the Docklands, a major urban regeneration project […] Read more

La Marina Living Lab: the transformation of the historic harbour of the city of Valencia by leveraging the hidden potential of underutilized public spaces

La Marina Living Lab is an urban laboratory, which seeks to engage citizens in the transformation of “La Marina de Valencia”: the historic harbour of the city of Valencia. The Lab is based on a user-oriented process, in which public space is adjusted to the preferences of those who work, study and play in La […] Read more

Porto Living Lab: Turning the city of Porto into a lab for urban sciences and technologies for smart cities

Porto has been witnessing a remarkable shift in its business profile: its innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem has been able to create innovative companies with high employability rates. Porto can now be considered an aggregator of innovation and entrepreneurship. In this ecosystem, collaborative initiatives become even more important, especially when they gather the elements of the […] Read more

Living Labs as instruments for open innovation and application of RRI policies: The case of the Library Living Lab

The potential of Living Labs as research tools have been of interest for the UAB since 2014 when the university actively joined the European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL) and got further exposure to the wide variety of application and experiences initiated on a European and International level. This exposure fortified the initial faith that […] Read more

Turku Urban Research Program: Providing Research-Based Policy Advice to Municipality

In the World Happiness Report 2019, Finland has topped the ranking as the happiest country in the world for the second time in a row. Among various reasons presented in the report, government clearly holds the key to their citizens’ wellbeing. The city of Turku recognizes its responsibility, and, in its current city strategy, Turku […] Read more

The first issue of the UCITYLAB E-Magazine is out!

We are delighted to introduce you the first e-zine issue of our Erasmus+ project UniverCity Action Lab (UCITYLAB), the joint initiative of a European consortium of higher education institutions – Porto Business School, University of Ljubljana, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Institut Mines-Télécom – and UIIN to foster university- city collaborations to tackle urban challenges. What […] Read more

UCITYLAB Project Envisions European Universities Better Engaged With Their Cities

As much as the cities are considered to be the engines of European economy with extensive job opportunities, and the educated population they attract, they are also places where the social and environmental challenges are concentrated, including mobility, sustainable land and energy use, inclusion of migrants, digital transformation and poverty.   Without doubt, universities hold […] Read more

The “CORE” on the Smart and Sustainable Development of Cities at Autonomous University of Barcelona generates new knowledge and initiatives in the region, for the region

In this blog article, Konstantinos Kourkoutas, Coordinator of the CORE Smart and Sustainable Cities of the UAB and Angela Serrano, Head of the Unit of Strategic Development at UAB discuss how the critical mass of research and innovation institutions at the Autonomous University of Barcelona facilitated the emergence of a number of Strategic Research Networks […] Read more

Addressing urban challenges through a new trans-disciplinary form of university-city collaboration

In today’s blog post, we asked Gregor Cerinsek (IRI UL) on his perspectives how University of Ljubljana aims to expand its role in the urban community through the UCITYLAB project.  We live in the age of turbulence. The world is changing and it changes faster and faster, especially due to the exponential growth of technology. The […] Read more

Porto Business School sets out to co-create solutions to urban challenges

In today’s post we asked Rui Coutinho and Catarina Reis about the involvement of the Porto Business School (PBS) in the UCITYLAB project, the vision of PBS in their engagement with urban stakeholders, and the potential impact of these collaborations on the city. Porto Business School (PBS) was founded 30 years ago to address a common challenge: […] Read more