Living Labs in Larvik – knowledge exchange with stakeholders to improve decision making for urban development in a changing climate

16:15 Tuesday 28 May

SS015 • OC086

Room S8


Amy Oen (Norway) 1; Cathrine Eckbo (Norway) 1; Heidi Knutsen (Norway) 1; Regula Frauenfelder (Norway) 1; Christina Ekeheien (Norway) 1; Carl Harbitz (Norway) 1; Bjørn Kalsnes (Norway) 1; Marit Vasbotten (Norway) 2; Ingerid Heggelund (Norway) 2

1 - NGI; 2 - Larvik municipality

One of the key recommendations from the CitiesIPCC “Cities and Climate Change Science Conference” for climate change adaptation, is co-design and co-production for sharing knowledge between the research, practice and policy communities. The use of Living Labs can support putting this recommendation into practice. Living Labs have been emerging as a form of collective governance meant to enhance knowledge exchange and thus can be a useful tool for moving towards co-design and co-production with stakeholders.

This presentation aims to share experiences of implementing Living Labs to facilitate the translation of scientific climate knowledge into practical climate adaptation for the urban development of a new neighbourhood in Larvik, eastern Norway. Climate risks that are most important for this area are related to flooding and the area’s current capacity to hold and infiltrate large volumes of water in the event of extreme rainfall. Therefore, the Living Labs taking place in Larvik focus on the co-production of knowledge to ensure that changes in landscape and ground coverage will not increase the intensity of surface water runoff or the risk of flooding.

The Living Labs being implemented consist of a collection of activities including workshops and focus group meetings to design, test, and assess different methods for translating scientific climate data relevant for the urban development in Larvik. All participants complete a survey after each Living Lab workshop/meeting. The survey questions are grouped into categories; perceptions on the workshop/meeting, perceptions on the Living Labs process, local climate change and adaptation information, concepts related to scientific climate data, and common practices for transforming climate-related data into climate services and useful information for the local community. Experience from the collected survey data will be discussed and used to (i) reflect on the usefulness of the Living Labs as a tool for co-production and to (ii) evaluate feedback from stakeholders regarding what scientific knowledge is needed for decision-making and which methods are most effective for translating this climate knowledge into useable information.

Experiences from the implementation of Living Labs in Larvik are useful to illustrate the potential application of this tool to enhance engagement and knowledge exchange between science and practice for similar urban development projects. The IPCC has indicated a need for co-production processes and Living Labs may well fill this gap to improve decision-making and subsequently achieve interventions and action towards climate change adaptation.