Edinburgh Living Lab applies data-driven innovation to civic challenges in collaboration with researchers, public and private sector partners and citizens. Its three-pronged ‘Data-Design-and-Society’ approach combines data science with design thinking, social research, and stakeholder and citizen engagement to develop, test and evaluate innovative solutions to sustainable and inclusive development in the city region.


• A building block for generating insight.
• Provides evidence.
• Tells us what is happening.


• Guides us to new and creative solutions.
• Helps us to move beyond our own awareness.
• Places people at the heart of things.


• Testing ground for exploring new ideas and possibilities.
• The place where we live.
• A system of systems.


Edinburgh Living Lab is an evolving partnership between different stakeholders. It was co-founded by The University of Edinburgh and The City of Edinburgh Council.