Living Lab

The University provides an excellent opportunity for staff and students to apply their learning, undertake research and help us deliver positive sustainability outcomes.

Almost every discipline taught and researched can be applied in better understanding and improving our sustainability. These can include how we analyse and make improvements using our data, systems and operations, how we communicate and engage our stakeholders, how we make the business and wider positive case for sustainability, and how it relates to our learning, in every discipline in every Faculty.

Applying our knowledge, for example, can help us improve our carbon footprint, our buying decisions, protect and improve our natural habitats, encourage better pro-environmental and pro-social behaviors. It can help the University reduce its costs (e.g. by saving energy) reduce our impacts, become more responsible and help us generate research income and outputs. For staff and students it can provide valuable opportunities to build employability or knowledge of value to your careers.

Our diverse campus is also available to use as a non-traditional classroom – for example the Avery Hill Community Edible Garden is available for academic staff and students to use teaching and learning environment. It can be used for a large number of taught disciplines using the learning opportunities it makes available. For information download this information  document.

Examples of Living Lab projects at Greenwich estates:

Environmental Conservation: Learning the art of hedge-laying and practicing this  with professional hedgelayers at the Avery Hill Community Garden

Business/psychology:  Creating psychological cues to improve sustainable behaviours. For example, using the idea of being watched to understand waste disposal actions

Marketing: Whole class projects, for example, undertaking research and developing marketing plan for tap water to reduce consumption of single use water bottles.

Building services: Risk analysis of excessive heat on estates and future plans for University of Greenwich estate.

Energy Management: Analysis and modelling of gas use and degree days for campus buildings

Transport: GIS mapping to understand staff and student commuting to enable future travel planning.


This slide deck provides an illustration of how the Living Lab concept has relevance to our staff, students, institution and our wider stakeholders. We are in the process of developing the concept. If you would like to get involved or have ideas as to how you’d like to utilise the research and teaching opportunities available at Greenwich email

Further information and ideas can be found in this page.

Stockwell Street Building roof image is attributed to Cabinet Office and used under Creative Commons licence.


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