The article „Energy justice intermediaries: Living Labs in the low-carbon transformation” by Stefan Bouzarovski, Dimitris Damigos, Zoltán Kmetty, Neil Simcock, Caitlin Robinson, Majd Jayyousi & Ami Crowther has been published in Local Environment .
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Stefan Bouzarovski, Dimitris Damigos, Zoltan Kmetty, Neil Simcock, Caitlin Robinson, Majd Jayyousi & Ami Crowther (2023) Energy justice intermediaries: Living Labs in the low-carbon transformation, Local Environment, https://doi.org/10.1080/13549839.2023.2238747
This paper foregrounds the use of “Living Labs” as instruments for the delivery of just low carbon transformations. Living Labs are commonly understood as stakeholder-centred, iterative and open-innovation ecosystems that involve multiple forms of co-creation and engagement among different actors in a given territory. Over a period of three years, thanks to a unique pan-European action research study, three such Labs were set up in different locations in Europe – a large North-western European city (Manchester, England), a mid-sized mountainous town in South-eastern Europe (Metsovo, Greece) and a series of rural settlements in Central Europe (Nyírbátor, Hungary). Working closely with local residents and relevant organisational stakeholders, the research teams that led the Labs undertook multiple low-carbon interventions in the homes of low-income residents, while continuously monitoring the broader impacts of intermediation practices on energy equity and sustainability across three consecutive cycles of activity. We present and discuss the results of these activities, so as to uncover the impacts of Living Labs on energy poverty both before and during the Covid-19 pandemic.