Sustainable UCL


Living Lab

The UCL Living Lab is the opportunity for students and staff to solve UCL’s sustainability challenges through research, teaching, dissertations and projects and to lead the debate on everything from the climate emergency to plastic waste.

Why undertake a living lab project?

•    UCL has committed to a number of ambitious sustainability targets: With your help, your research, teaching and studies can help us achieve them. 
•    UCL is a leader in sustainability: By solving UCL’s challenges, we can share our knowledge with other intuitions and shape the debate on local and global sustainability challenges.
•    Living Lab projects provide real-life learning opportunities for students, and opportunities for research impact for academics.

Principles of a Living Lab Project

  • Projects must be in aligment with UCL's Sustainability Strategy
  • Data and knowledge acquired must be shared with Sustainable UCL with the aim of making UCL more sustainable
  • Living lab projects typically provide the opportunity for learning and community engagement
  • Projects can involve academics and students from across faculties and departments.

How can I undertake a living lab project?


Are you a student considering a sustainability dissertation of other assessed projects as part of your studies?

Teaching staff

Are you teaching staff looking to embed sustainability into the curriculum?

Research staff

Are you developing sustainability research?

  • Research staff can trial or test a research idea or an innovative solution on campus
  • We encourage interdisciplinary projects that address sustainability through scalable and transferable research here at UCL
  • See case studies here.
  • Please contact Sustainable UCL to discuss living lab research or to utilise our data.

Connect with environment researchers across UCL 

The UCL Environment Domain brings together academics across the University


Sustainable UCL can provide data on the following:

  • Energy data for buildings and departments
  • Some water consumption data for buildings
  • Some travel data for departments
  • Data on behaviour change and engagement with UCL community on sustainability topics
  • Information on sustainability projects across UCL, we can link you with other researchers and staff solving UCL’s sustainability challenges
  • Information on sustainable buildings
  • Data on UCL’s supply chains, modern day slavery principles and products bought and re-used across UCL
  • Information on policy