Act Local, Think Global – Living Lab activities in 11 European countries

FEAST will leverage multiple living labs across Europe to work with and empower key players responsible for shaping food environments including the production, distribution and retail sides as well as municipal, provincial and national authorities.The living labs will promote co-creation of innovative solutions in real-world settings and will leverage the participation of end-users (citizens, including vulnerable groups) by gathering their real-world insights and local knowledge. Through a community problem-solving approach, living labs are particularly well-suited for identifying, defining, and addressing the needs of vulnerable groups struggling economically and geographically to access solutions to support them to adopt and maintain healthier and more sustainable diets. 

To ensure representation across the EU, FEAST’s will include living labs from rural areas, small/medium cities and associated large city living labs according to a specific typology of food systems that cover aspects including regional diets, food production systems and welfare system characteristics.
FEAST’s living lab network, includes municipalities directly representing around 3.35 million individuals across different European contexts and varied food system actors through our small city and rural partners and an additional 14 million individuals through our associated large city living labs – this provides the ideal avenue for identifying and recruiting vulnerable populations for our co-creation actions.

FEAST's Food Regions and Living Lab Sites