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Urban Living Labs: Governing Urban Sustainability Transitions

Bulkeley, H.; Coenen, L.; Frantzeskaki, N.; Hartmann, C.; Kronsell, A.; Mai, L.; Marvin, S.; McCormick, K.; van Steenbergen, F.; Voytenko Palgan, Y.

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L. Coenen

N. Frantzeskaki

C. Hartmann

A. Kronsell

L. Mai

S. Marvin

K. McCormick

F. van Steenbergen

Y. Voytenko Palgan


Urban Living Labs (ULL) are advanced as an explicit form of intervention delivering sustainability goals for cities. Established at the boundaries between research, innovation and policy, ULL are intended to design, demonstrate and learn about the effects of urban interventions in real time. While rapidly growing as an empirical phenomenon, our understanding of the nature and purpose of ULL is still evolving. While much of the existing literature draws attention to the aims and workings of ULL, there have to date been fewer critical accounts that seek to understand their purpose and implications. In this paper, we suggest that transition studies and the literature on urban governance offer important insights that can enable us to address this gap.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Feb 13, 2017
Online Publication Date Mar 16, 2017
Publication Date Oct 1, 2016
Deposit Date Apr 5, 2017
Publicly Available Date Mar 16, 2018
Journal Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability
Print ISSN 1877-3435
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 22
Pages 13-17
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