Living Labs

What are living labs?

Living labs are relational infrastructure that enables people to work together to explore challenges, experiment, prototype and test concepts in real-world contexts.

Living labs bring together researchers, industry partners and civil society to focus on societal challenges through co-creation and open innovation approaches.

Benefits of Living Labs


Our Infrastructure


Living Labs at Monash


Learn more about some of our living labs, which are at a range of stages of development

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Net Zero Precincts Living Lab
Conceptual Playworlds
Fire To Flourish
Citarum River Project
Future Healthcare
Zero Emission Bus Living Lab
The Victorian Heart Hospital

Net Zero Precincts Living Lab

Supporting the net zero transition through experiments in energy, mobility, buildings, local governance, circularity, data & automation

Net Zero Precincts Living Lab

Supporting the net zero transition through experiments in energy, mobility, buildings, local governance, circularity, data & automation

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Conceptual Playworlds

Support early childhood educators around the world to harness the power of play to teach STEM to young children

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Fire To Flourish

Advancing community-led disaster recovery and long-term resilience with communities across Australia

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Citarum River Project

Transforming the most polluted river in the world into a clean, healthy, and productive place that nurtures the communities that rely on the river for their survival

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Future Healthcare

Addressing the challenges of complex health ecosystems

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Zero Emission Bus Living Lab

Advancing the transition to safe, reliable and efficient EV Bus fleets

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The Victorian Heart Hospital

Creating an integrated model of cardio care, research and workforce development for the future of heart health in Victoria

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Why are Living Labs important?


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At their core, living labs are vehicles to create change and societal impact.

They enable people to work together to explore challenges, experiment, prototype and test ideas, products, services, policies, behaviours and business models in real world contexts, leading to insights and solutions more fit-for-purpose in a changing world.

Blending research, education, design and implementation approaches for policy, service, product and other initiatives, lLiving labs are internationally recognised as a vehicle for exploring and implementing real world change.

Monash University is home to many Living Labs across climate change, energy sustainable development, health, education, transport and mobility, and more.

Enabling scale


  • 18,000+

    Stakeholders involved in living lab challenges and learning in 2023–24.

  • 100+

    Partners across our living labs

  • 100+

    Researchers involved

  • 1000+

    Students involved

Get involved


To learn more about living labs, or to connect with an existing living lab, please email to: sam.rye@monash.edu