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Living Knowledge Network: The international science shop network

Publication date: 2015
Keywords: citizens, research, science shops

The Living Knowledge Network is the formal international network of 'Science Shops' - small entities that facilitate cooperation between universities and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) to generate research ideas, questions and agendas. They perform research in response to these questions, either themselves or with the assistance of others, notably higher education students.

Their goal is to co-create research to find solutions and therefore make a positive impact on real world problems. The concept of Science Shops was developed in the 1970s to strengthen the influence of civil society organisations on societal issues through access to scientific knowledge. Since then Science Shops have been founded in several European and non-European countries, mostly as university-based Science Shops, but also some as community-based Science Shops.

The international network, Living Knowledge, was launched in 2001 and EU financed projects on Science Shop impact, best practice, and other topics have been conducted in the last 10-20 years.


Social Innovation Initiatives in the Critical Turning Points-database

Living Knowledge - Wissenschaftsladen Bonn (Germany)

Living Knowledge - The Environmental Social Science Research Group (ESSRG - Hungary)

Living Knowledge - Science Shop Ireland (UK) (not publicly available)

Living Knowledge - Science Shop DTU (Denmark)


Social Innovation Initiatives studied in-depth

InterMEDIU (Romenia)

Living Knowledge - Science Shop DTU (Denmark)



Dorland, J and Søgaard Jørgensen, M. (2015) Transformative social innovation narrative : Living Knowledge Network.TRANSIT: EU SSH.2013.3.2-1 Grant agreement no: 613169

Dorland, J. and Jørgensen, M. S. (2016) WP4 : case study report : living knowledge, TRANSIT: EU SSH.2013.3.2-1 Grant agreement no 613169. 


Research Coordination: AAU– Jens Dorland and Michael Jørgensen

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