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Living Knowledge Network: The international science shop network

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

The Living Knowledge network was set up in 2001 as an umbrella for international networking and cooperation among science shops and in order to make the concept more visible and support the development of new science shops.

Science shops increases civil society’s access to scientific resources. Most science shops are university-based; others are not-for-profit companies or associations. Citizens and civil society organisations can approach science shops with problems they want researched. Some science shops approach civil society and offer cooperation.

The goal is provide “independent, participatory research support in response to concerns experienced by civil society” in order to empower citizens and civil society organizations. Science shops have become integrated into some universities’ teaching and research activities, which enable students to make science shop projects as part of curricula. In some cases science shop projects enable empowerment of civil society actors. 


Social Innovation Initiatives in the Critical Turning Points-database

Living Knowledge - Wissenschaftsladen Bonn

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

Living Knowledge - Science Shop Ireland

Living Knowledge - Science Shop DTU


Social Innovation Initiatives studied in-depth

InterMEDIU Romenia



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


Research Coordination: AAU– Jens Dorland and Michael Jørgensen

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