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The interdisciplinary Energy Living Lab @HES-SO team is working on applied research to develop knowledge on the use of Living Lab methods and tools in the field of energy and the environment.

Energy Living Lab logo

As practitioners, our main activities within the Energy Living Lab @HES-SO are:

  • the coordination and design of research projects
  • the valorization and validation of participatory methods
  • publishing scientific articles
  • the development and coordination of a network of players
  • teaching on industrial, open and social innovation

L’Energy Living Lab@HES-SO works in partnership with l'Association Energy Living Lab whose aim is to disseminate the learning from our Living Lab nationally and internationally.

Energy Living Lab projects are based on the principles of the Living Lab Integrated Process (LLIP).  A methodology inspired by Design Thinking, social marketing and the systems approach, developed as part of a PhD thesis by Joëlle Mastelic – head of the «Energie Living Lab @HES-SO».


Living Lab integrative process (Mastelic, 2019)

According to its definition, a Living Lab (LL) is an innovation intermediary that orchestrates an Ecosystem of partners in a specific region to co-create innovative solutions (Mastelic, 2019).

A Living Lab orchestrates the collaboration of four stakeholder groups: public authorities, research institutions, private organizations and residents to develop désirable, feasible and practical solutions.

Quadruple Helix Model

Interdisciplinary Team Energy Living Lab @HES-SO

Joëlle Mastelic
Professor Ordinary
Anastasia Ponomareva
Scientific collaborator
Laura Minisini
Scientific collaborator
Fiona Zimmermann
Senior Scientific Associate
Valentino Piana
Senior Scientific Associate
Sylvie Ramel
Administrative assistant

Our main services are:

  • Coordination of networks of players and management of innovative projects
  • Consulting on energy efficiency and decarbonization
  • Development of collaborative tools throughout the innovation process
  • Organization and facilitation of participatory workshops
  • Development of Capacity Building programs for cities and Living Labs
  • Support for innovation teams
  • Teaching and creation of innovation modules

Energy Living Lab @HES-SO projects cover a broad spectrum of R&D activities at national and international levels.

National and international projects

HES-SO teaching and training on Living Lab methods

Interactive and collaborative tools

E4Citizens Serious game