Impacts beyond experimentation - Conceptualising emergent impacts from long-term real-world laboratory processes

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Real-world laboratories have become a recognised research format for addressing sustainability challenges. In these transdisciplinary settings, actors from civil society, local government, and academia work together using a transdisciplinary research approach to jointly experiment and learn about sustainability transformations. While these labs are considered to have potential, their impact has not yet been fully measured. Therefore, in our paper we explore the case of the Zukunftsstadt Lüneburg 2030+ process to uncover the impacts that this long-term effort has generated over the past eight years. By examining the process and its design features from three analytical perspectives, we identify emergent impacts in three dimensions: education, governance, and the lab as an actor for sustainability. Based on our case study, we suggest that real-world labs contribute to sustainability on a local level, beyond the intentional experiments, through impacts that emerge over the course of the joint operation of the lab.

ZeitschriftGAIA - Ecological Perspectives for Science and Society
AusgabenummerSupplement 1
Seiten (von - bis)18-25
Anzahl der Seiten8
PublikationsstatusErschienen - 16.03.2024

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