What is a Living Lab?
The Living Lab is an interdisciplinary network of students and staff collaborating to investigate the solutions to real-life, local ecological justice issues. We aim to support students to engage with social and ecological issues in meaningful ways, as our website explains.
The current Living Lab is called FEEDING THE CAMPUS and it focuses on creating a campus food system that better meets the needs of both people and planet. Over 800 students are involved through over 20 modules in all five Schools of the University, together with the Catering, Estates, and Careers teams.
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The Living Lab is a network of students and staff from different departments, all collaborating to investigate a real-life, local, social and ecological justice issue. And we’re embarking on a big one: the campus food system. Read about our wonderful launch event here.
Psychology lecturer Maria Fernandes-Jesus gives an insight into how her second year ‘Qualitative Research Methods’ students are getting involved in Living Lab: Feeding the Campus. All 105 students are working in groups to conduct in-depth research into a burning question related to the campus food system. Read more here!
An eyewitness account of the rich learning process experienced by third year Initial Teacher Education students on the Learning Outside the Classroom module. Their work intersected with the Living Lab through visits to YSJ’s community food growing spaces, and an exploration of storytelling and the food system.
This semester, a group of seven Fine Art students opted to join the Living Lab and make a collaborative response to issues around the food system, together with their lecturer Helen Turner. Fine Art student Sam Keane and Living Lab intern Meg Padgett reflect here on the result: SUSTENANCE, an installation, an exhibition, a provocation, a banquet, an experience.
The Living Lab is blessed with a wonderful team of student interns and students-as-researchers. In this post they introduce themselves in their own words.
Students and staff from across the university gathered on Burns Night to mark old traditions of sharing food and poetry – critically examine the present – and envision alternative futures. A rich and vibrant evening!
Living Lab interns Lauryn Wilson and Charlie Malbon investigate local food pioneers Red Tower York, and the ways students can get involved with supporting their work using surplus food to help their local community.
Living Lab student researcher Hayden Costello reports back on the range of food system-focused activities that took place during YSJ’s third annual Green Week.
This year the Living Lab is developing its own YSJ Student Cookbook – a sort of time capsule of student food culture at York St John in 2023. Twenty student volunteers are coordinating a range of recipes that tell students’ food stories, identities, cultures, values and issues – all through the lens of food! Here Lucy Hurst tells all.
Student blogger Michaela Bosman shares examples of ‘Circular Economy’ design at YSJ, and asks how more products used on campus could be designed for reuse and materials recovery?
Student bloggers Lauryn Wilson and Charlie Malbon interview Linguistics student Rosemary Walker-Lyne about her volunteering role with Planet Food York, a local organisation which intercepts waste food and uses it to feed communities on a pay-as-you-feel basis. There are abundant volunteering opportunities here for interested students!
In this post YSJ Literature student and Living Lab blogger, Michaela Bosman, reflects on her transformative learning experience on a Pagoda Sustainable Global Experience internship in Brussels.
MRes student AJ Heritage reports back on YSJ’s recent experiment in participatory democracy, a ‘People’s Assembly on Campus Food’ held to launch the 2023-24 Living Lab.
An introduction to the pedagogy behind the Living Lab, meet the core members, and hear lecturers and staff discuss how they plan to integrate sustainability into their modules.
“For the Living Lab project 2022, we have decided to focus our attention on air pollution, and how it impacts us physically, socially, and emotionally. Throughout this project, we will be exploring interdisciplinary and creative methods of improving the urban environment, ways of disseminating information, and how best to engage the public in ecological issues. Working with Councillor D’Agorne, the deputy leader of the City of York Council, our research will help inform the council’s next Air Quality Action Plan.”
“Humans are, and will always be, entirely dependant on a healthy world and its functioning ecosystems. From needing the correct temperatures and nutrient-rich soil for food production, low-particulate and nitrate levels in the air to breath, or water sanitation to drink and avoid disease, we are deeply entangled into the ecological world.”
Manjinder K. Jagdev, Senior Lecturer in Education, discusses Critical Maths Education, decolonising the curriculum, and the importance of teaching social justice issues to all ages.
Dr Adam Odell, Senior Lecturer in Biosciences, and lead for Disease Detection and Prevention (DDaP) Group, discusses science communication and future interdisciplinary projects.
Jude Parks, Senior Lecturer in Geography and co-coordinator of the Living Lab, reflects on sessions by the junction.
As Green Week overlaps with the York Literature Festival, I have complied a list of five creative nonfiction and poetry books that can help readers better understand the intersections in ecological justice […]
Clare Nattress, lecturer in Graphic Design, discusses activism in design and her own air pollution research.
The Green Week sharing event- talks from David Haley from Chrysalis Arts, Sarah Williams from Estates, and second-year Drama students.
Last week, students from many different modules gathered to share their work with each other and with the public as part of the Pint of Science Festival.
Dr Clare Cunningham, Senior Lecturer in Languages and Linguistics, writes on her Multilingualism module and ecological justice.