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Towards Sustainability in Urban Living Labs: Dynamics of Actor Roles

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe 31st ISPIM Conference: Innovating in Times of Crisis
Subtitle of host publication7-10 June 2020 - Virtual Event
Publication statusPublished - 8 Jun 2020
Publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventXXXI ISPIM Innovation Conference: Innovating in Times of Crisis - Virtual
Duration: 7 Jun 202010 Jun 2020


ConferenceXXXI ISPIM Innovation Conference
Abbreviated titleISPIM conference
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Environmental sustainability is an increasingly interesting topic among living labs where diverse actor roles and their dynamic are rooted into new urban living labs. Therefore, this study examines the actor roles and their dynamics in the design, implementation and evaluation phases of the four living lab projects in the Hiedanranta district in Tampere in Finland. The projects focus on nutrient recycling and material circulation, and their outcomes contribute to the circular economy and sustainability of the region to a large extent. We apply a qualitative research design including semi-structured interviews reinforced with the secondary data from the project reports and websites. The findings of the study indicate that the driving actors may change in the project phases in urban living labs depending on the required tasks and the competence level of the actors. The roles may be shared by different actor types and change depending on the project requirements.