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The ‘Living Lab’ provides opportunities for Cambridge students to improve environmental sustainability on the University estate through projects, internships and research.

It draws on the expertise and talent of students and staff at the University of Cambridge, encourages application of knowledge to the real-world context, enhances skills of those involved, increases connections between people, and provides more opportunities to reach the University's mission, "to contribute to society through the pursuit of education, learning, and research".

The options are almost limitless. Topics and themes might focus on transport, biodiversity, energy, waste, food, behaviour change, wellbeing, the built environment, consumption patterns, culture... If your project or research could help improve the University's environmental sustainability, we would love to hear from you. 

Below are the various ways you can become a Living Lab Associate: 

Academic research

Incorporate sustainability into your degree - you can use the University as a case study or 'testing ground' for your research project, dissertation or thesis. Access data, contacts and other information you need, to carry out great research and have tangible impacts and outcomes. 

Practical projects

Outside of your studies, get in touch with the Living Lab Coordinator to discuss your sustainability ideas, the projects or societies you are running or initiatives you want to start. Help to ensure your efforts have maximum impact on the University - get insider info, support, advice and contacts.


Paid internships at the University of Cambridge are offered to Cambridge students and graduates every year. 


An award is offered each academic year to challenge students to develop solutions to issues relating to the University of Cambridge estate.

What does the Living Lab mean for me?


See above!

Cambridge academic staff member?

Academic projects: Become an academic project supervisor and help students researching sustainability at the University.

Thinking about the impact agenda? Linking up with the Living Lab could help your research more easily go 'beyond academia' to have practical outcomes too.

Need real world examples to use in your courses or modules? You can work with the Living Lab to have data and information made available to you.

Volunteer projects: These could provide collaboration opportunities for your existing research as well as letting you connect with interested students.

Operational or departmental staff member?

Are there useful projects for students to carry out in your building, such as a waste audit or staff engagement campaign? Have a look at volunteer projects for more information.