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The University of Surrey Living Lab initiative was launched in November 2019 to explore and trial the living lab approach at the University, to develop networks and partnerships within the University and with community partners and businesses, and to integrate sustainability into planned university developments.

A living lab approach to research enables collaboration between a range of stakeholders at local, national or international level to address various challenges, often linked with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. A key feature of a living lab is the co-creation and live-testing approach to address local and global challenges. Stakeholders involved define the project together and co-create results and outputs from which they all benefit.