Living Lab and Cities as Smart Specialisation Strategies Engine

Living Lab and Cities as Smart Specialisation Strategies Engine

The contribution “Living Lab and Cities as Smart Specialisation Strategies Engine” by Bevilacqua and Pizzimenti (2016) reflects the progressive attention given to Smart Specialisation Strategies (S3) in boosting the implementation of the Europe 2020 strategy in European regions. The objective of the work was to focus on the capabilities of “Living Labs,”– “labs considered “smart interfaces” among enterprises, researchers, citizens and authorities for discovering innovations by joining urban regeneration with S3 in the present EU programming phase. Living Labs is based on an Open Innovation Model.

Living Labs

Bergval-Käreborn et al. (2009) defined Living Labs as “a user-centric innovation milieu built on every-day practice and research, with an approach that facilitates user influence in open and distributed innovation processes engaging all relevant partners in real-life contexts, aiming to create sustainable values.”


The work by Bevilacqua and Pizzimenti (2016) is a conference paper for the 2nd International Symposium “NEW METROPOLITAN PERSPECTIVES – Strategic planning, spatial planning, economic programs and decision support tools, through the implementation of Horizon/Europe2020. ISTH2020,” in Reggio Calabria (Italy) on May 18th-20th, 2016.


For more information on this paper, follow this link: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1877042816303950


Bevilacqua, C.,and Pizzimenti, P. (2016) ‘Living Lab and Cities as Smart Specialisation Strategies Engine’. Procedia-Social and Behavioral Sciences, 223, 915-922.


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