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Lahti Living Lab

Lahti Living Lab

Description of Concept

The special focus of the Lahti Living Lab is to integrate the users into the innovation processes of public and private sector innovation and development focusing on all dimensions of sustainability and digitalization. For this purpose, methods and tools are developed and studied to fully enable knowledge creation and exploitation between users and professional developers. The methods of involving and activating the users vary, the encounters take place online but also face-to-face. Lahti Living Lab is implemented through research and development projects, which all have a common nominator, i.e. the users as active co-creators. Lahti Living Lab consists of different stakeholders and is coordinated by the LUT University, Lahti Campus.

Lahti Living Lab is situated in the Päijät-Häme region in southern Finland. The region has app. 200 000 inhabitants, which makes the region large enough for piloting user-centered applications for the public and private services. The region also has favorable conditions and structures particularly for the public sector development: A good example of public sector innovativeness is that the first public utility of social and health care in Finland was founded in the Päijät-Häme region. Other great example is that the city of Lahti was the European Green Capital 2021.


References and Track Record

The following research articles illustrate projects and cases related to Lahti Living Lab:


Parjanen, S., & Rantala, T. (2021). Building an open innovation platform as a part of city renewal initiatives. European Planning Studies, 29(12), 2165-2183.

Saurio, R., Hennala, L., Pekkarinen, S., & Melkas, H. (2022). Design Thinking and Welfare Technology. Different Perspectives in Design Thinking, 165.

Konsti-Laakso, S., Pekkarinen, S., & Melkas, H. (2018). Enhancing public sector innovation: Living lab case studies on well-being services in Lahti, Finland. In Cities and Sustainable Technology Transitions (pp. 339-360). Edward Elgar Publishing.

Hasan, M. T., Wolff, A., Knutas, A., Pässilä, A., & Kantola, L. (2022, April). Playing games through interactive data comics to explore water quality in a lake: A case study exploring the use of a data-driven storytelling method in Co-design. In CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems Extended Abstracts (pp. 1-7).

Parjanen, S., Hennala, L., Pekkarinen, S., & Melkas, H. (2021). Knowledge brokerage needs in building care robotics innovation ecosystems and networks. European Planning Studies, 1-20.

Melkas, H., Hennala, L., Pekkarinen, S., & Kyrki, V. (2020). Impacts of robot implementation on care personnel and clients in elderly-care institutions. International Journal of Medical Informatics, 134, 104041.

Claudelin, A., Uusitalo, V., Pekkola, S., Leino, M., & Konsti-Laakso, S. (2017). The role of consumers in the transition toward low-carbon living. Sustainability, 9(6), 958.


Suvi Konsti-Laakso [javascript protected email address]
Hilkka Laakso [javascript protected email address]
LUT University, Lahti campus
Mukkulankatu 19
FI-15210 Lahti, Finland
Lahti Living Lab

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Health and Wellbeing Living Lab symposium

Tuesday, 20 Feb 2024
Brussels, Belgium
The VITALISE consortium together with ENoLL are glad to announce the organization of the event entitled “Health and Wellbeing Living Lab symposium” that will be held in Brussels, Belgium on the 20th of February 2024.

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