A key element of the work of NIReS is the development of a ‘Living Lab’, which will build on the established reputation of Newcastle upon Tyne as the UK’s most sustainable large city, according to influential think tank Forum for the Future, which bestowed the accolade on the city in both 2009 and 2010.
The Living Lab concept places the University and NIReS at the heart of the city, encouraging forward-thinking and innovative approaches to sustainable challenges, providing real solutions both now and in the future.
Presently, work is underway to ensure our key research is being translated into real-life solutions. We are applying novel research outcomes to partners’ commercial activities, allowing our academics to work closely with businesses on practical initiatives to promote sustainable development and economic growth.
Projects such as Carbon Routemap exemplify the ethos of the Living Lab, providing an interface between civic action and academia, coupling practical and pragmatic carbon reduction with technical insight and rigor.
Overall, Living Lab is about engaging with the city and wider region and embedding this ethos into all our activities including teaching, research and enterprise to ultimately transform NewcastleGateshead into a global exemplar of best practice for achieving sustainability in other old industrial cities across the world.
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