Future City_Lab: Living Lab for Sustainable Mobility Culture

Center for Interdisciplinary Risk and Innovation Studies

The real-world laboratory Future City_Lab seeks to explore potentials for change of urban mobility cultures. Thereby, a key focus is placed on the close cooperation with citizens and civil society actors.

Project Funding

Ministry of Science, Research and Art Baden-Württemberg

Additionally funded by the Federal Environmental Agency

Project Duration

January 2015 to August 2020 (subsequent funding since July 2018)

Together with six other real-world laboratories at different universities in the state of Baden-Württemberg, the project Future City_Lab – Living Lab for Sustainable Mobility Culture is part of the funding programme “Strengthening the Contribution of Science to Sustainable Development”. The real-world laboratory research approach not only aims to enhance the applicability of research findings for solving policy problems but also boost society’s capacity for sustainable development.

What do people in the Stuttgart region want the mobility system to look like in the future? What are their visions, ideas and potential contributions to the development of a sustainable mobility culture? The real-world laboratory creates a platform for new approaches and partnerships to promote a sustainable mobility culture. In doing so, the real-world laboratory is guided by an extended understanding of prosperity that includes quality of life in the city as well as in the Stuttgart region. By means of a joint process of knowledge production, gathering of research data, conducting real-world experiments and developing visions for a sustainable mobility culture, citizens become co-researchers as well as more deeply involved in local socio-political issues.


Subsequent funding

After three successful years, the project Future City_Lab – real-world laboratory for Sustainable Mobility Culture, funded by the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts (MWK), is once again using Stuttgart as an experimental space to initiate a change towards a sustainable mobility culture. Funding for further two years will make it possible to conduct real experiments again in Stuttgart's urban space and to maintain the discourse on sustainable mobility with the innovative "real-world laboratory" research format. The aim of the second funding phase is to develop a permanent real-world laboratory in order to maintain the exchange between society, politics and business beyond the funding.

The Future City_Lab is coordinated by the Institute of Landscape Planning and Ecology at the University of Stuttgart. Via the University of Stuttgart real laboratory website, we keep you up to date on the progress of the project and its results. 

Real Laboratory Consumer Behaviour

The Future City Lab is also supported by a donation from the Federal Environmental Agency. Alongside three further real experiments, the scope of this grant includes the scientific reflection of aspects such as the application potential of the real laboratory approach for the promotion of sustainable everyday cultures.

Contact Person

Project Staff

Former Project Staff

Sophia Alcantara (M.A.)

Activ for ZIRIUS until 2018

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