Living Lab research concept in rural areas

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European Commission




Fundación Universitaria San Antonio (UCAM)

Project type


Total budget

4.107.005 €


1/5/18 – 30/4/21



The project

The LIVERUR project identifies Living Labs as innovative business models that are currently being developed in rural areas, and will conduct socio-economic analyses to identify, describe and compare the differences between the new approach of Living Lab and more traditional, entrepreneurial approaches (mass production, price development, optimization of cost structures with companies, and rationalization). LIVERUR aims to expand the highly innovative Living Labs business model in rural regions in order to establish a sustainable partnership of stakeholders, including users, policy makers, businesses and researchers.

Consortium: UCAM, Wellness Techgroup, Zafer Kalkinma Ajansi, Zemneiku Saeima, Zentrum für Soziale Innovation GmbH, TR Associates Ltd.,Chambre Regionale d'Agriculture - Provence Alpes Côte d'Azur, CESIE, Institute of Entrepreneurship Development, Wirelessinfo, Chambre Regionale d'Agriculture de Bretagne, Unione dei Comuni del Trasimeno, Dar Margoum Ouedhref, Asociación para el Desarrollo Rural Integrado de los Municipios de la Vega del Segura, Univerza v Ljubljani, Chambre Regionale d'Agriculture des Pays de la Loire, Úhlava o.p.s., Fundo Regional para a Ciencia e Tecnologia, Bundesanstalt für Agrarwirtchaft und Bergbauerfragen, Sogesca S.r.l., E35 Fondazione per la Progettazione Internazionale, Commissariat à l'Enegie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives, Cleopa GmbH, Regionalmanagement Burgenland GmbH.


  • Analysis of the Living Lab concept in rural environments and the conceptualization of existing rural business models in the EU and regional areas.
  • Development of a benchmark classification to list existing business concepts and models in terms of starting conditions, obstacles faced, enabling factors, financial mechanisms, generation of added value, jobs and other environmental and social benefits.
  • Creation and conceptualization of a totally new business model– the Regional Circular Living Lab business model (RAIN).
  • Promotion of integration among stakeholders in rural sectors in the pilot areas through the creation of an ICT enabled service ecosystem (RAIN Platform).
  • Testing and validation of the operability of the Living Lab approach in rural areas through 13 pilot areas.


  • Development of the RAIN platform to gather data generated from the new Living Labs business models.