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Living Labs at Massey University

The Massey University Living Labs are a collaborative, research and innovation space where academics and research students work with external partners to co-create new knowledge and practices to address real world challenges.

Living Labs provide research students with the opportunity to be involved in projects alongside academic staff and external partners. It is a powerful example of applied learning.

Some of the Living Labs projects are included below.

Palmy Plastic Pollution Challenge

The Palmy Plastic Pollution Challenge (PPPC) draws on citizen science to begin benchmarking all forms of plastic pollution at the level of a City (Palmerston North) and to then partner with the community to develop and implement a strategy to address this issue.

Puke Ahu: Campus Identity Initiative 

A Wellington campus-wide initiative developing activities and resources promoting the culturally-rich history of Puke Ahu (Mt Cook).

Palmerston North City

Palmerston North City Living Lab is a partnership between Palmerston North City Council and Massey University, and committed to addressing issues in Palmerston North.


Challenging Sustainability

A Massey University, Wellington City Council, Palmerston North City Council and Hawkes Bay Regional Council collaboration. The project explored sustainable agricultural land use at the urban, rural and peri-urban scales.

Massey campus as a Living Lab

Massey University campus-based Living Labs provide collaboration opportunities between students, academic staff and operational staff to improve campus sustainability.

Sharing the Waiwhakaiho

A Massey University, Taranaki Regional Council, Intercreate and NIWA collaboration focussed on the Waiwhakaiho River, Taranaki. Researchers and creative professionals worked with stakeholders to collect and interpret social, cultural and environmental content in innovative ways.