Living Knowledge – Exchange, Networking and Building Partnerships

The Living Knowledge Network is the formal international network of Science Shops and Community Based Research. The network aims to foster public engagement with, and participation in all levels of the research and innovation process.

We (the Living Knowledge community) facilitate cooperation with Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) to generate research ideas, questions, and agendas. We perform research in response to these questions, either ourselves or with the assistance of others, notably higher education students. Our goal is to co-create research to find solutions and therefore make a positive impact on real-world problems.

By doing this, we promote community-focused cooperation between civil society and those involved in teaching, research and innovation, particularly in higher education. Our process of engaging with society aims to strengthen both the research process and its outcomes for all partners, and thus contribute to research excellence and innovation outcomes that meet the views, wishes and demands of civil society.