Edinburgh Living Lab is a new collaborative initiative between researchers, the public sector and industry. It is radically interdisciplinary and comprises a set of resources, knowledge, tools, and relationships that will develop over time.
A key part of our conception of a Living Lab includes carrying out participatory research with ‘end users’ through small-scale experiments. This contributes to developing a better understanding of the people and systems in which a proposed intervention or activity is situated and what kind of impact it may have. It is also part of an iterative process of experimenting / refining / redefining an intervention to make sure that it really works in the way that it is intended to.