Living Labs

The ‘living lab’ is an approach which uses the University estate as an opportunity for applied teaching and collaborative research. This provides an opportunity for the Estates Directorate to benefit from the academic expertise and cutting edge research within the University to address operational and infrastructure issues, whilst students and academics have the opportunity to test and monitor technologies in a real world setting. 

To date this has been happening on an ad-hoc basis with particular focus around sustainability and low carbon technologies. 

Projects which are currently ongoing and forthcoming include:

  • Pioneering use of building engineering systems and energy saving plant at the David Keir Building as a teaching facility. This has allowed students across a number of Schools to experience first-hand, modern equipment used for heat recovery, boiler systems, water treatment and CHP. Real time data from the building management and control systems is being used to reinforce teaching in the classroom.
  • BSc Hons Geography Project - GIS mapping of trees location and condition across the Estate
  • MSc Environmental Engineering Project - Development of an E-learning tool to encourage low carbon lifestyle at home and at work 

Propose projects and get involved!

Students can take part in volunteer projects or they can incorporate sustainability into their degree by using the University's infrastucture as a case study in reseach projects.

If you have any queries about Living Lab please contact:

Sara Lynch (Environmental Manager) 

Call: 028 9097 1198 

Email: /

Relevant courses at Queen's University 

MSc Leadership for Sustainable Development

MSc Leadership for Sustainable Rural Development

MSc Planning and Regeneration

MSc/PGDip Environmental Engineering

MSc Urban and Rural Design

MSc Planning and Development