Transnational Living Lab for Active Ageing (TLLAA) explores new possibilities of 100 year life as well as solving critical issues associated with an ageing population. The project will lead to new hard and soft infrastructures, service and technologies, supporting active ageing, through strong partnerships between university and industry.

Transnational Living Lab for Active Ageing aims to improve the experience of an ageing population through co-creation and social design solutions that meet the needs of citizens, businesses and governance. The project focuses on reducing loneliness and discrimination, increasing visibility and integration of an ageing population. This is realised through three project areas:

Work and occupation Because meaningful occupation is a significant dimension of feeling integrated in society

Housing Because the stay-living-at-home principle is strong, and many older people live far from family.

Mobility Because transport is scarce outside cities and mobility is essential for quality of life.

The projects is exciting because we co-create between all sectors to address burning societal challenges. It is unique because we address ageing and loneliness at the level of emotions and mindsets, as well as behaviours and practical needs in the everyday life. The project is important because globally we are facing an ageing population. This major demographic shift, where actually more pensioners than babies are ‘born’ everyday, requires new ways of planning our societies and economies, infrastructures, homes and communities.

Through the collaboration between Sweden and Japan, the European Network of Living Labs and Asian Network of Living Labs, we have broad scope to address pressing global issues and contributing to change.

At the heart of our work is the living lab and co-creation. We involve citizens, governance, businesses in the design and implementation of new solutions. The living lab methodology has been shown to speed up the process from idea to implementation.

The project will result in:

  • Up-and-running projects in Sweden and Japan.
  • Dynamic testbeds in both countries.
  • Toolbox on active ageing for living labs.
  • Knowledge and innovation exchange between Sweden and Japan, including students, educators, researchers, citizens, businesses and governance.
  • Viable business models for living labs.

Project facts:

Transnational Living Lab for Active Ageing (TLLAA) is a collaboration between Sweden (Linnaeus University, Johanneberg Science Park and The Bridge/IKEA and Japan (The University of Tokyo, Municipality of Kamakura and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation). We are members of the European Network of Living Labs. The project is funded by Vinnova and Japan Science and Technology Agency. The first phase of the project runs from January 2017 to March 2019. The transnational team includes researchers from design, gerontology, social work, social studies and economy/entrepreneurship.

Mathilda Tham, cutting edge of processes of change and co-creation is project leader in Sweden. Hiroko Akiyama, leading in gerontology with broad studies in Japan and USA, is project leader in Japan. A second phase will run from March 2019-March 2022, subject to successful evaluation.

On the website you can explore our work to date.

For more information, please contact:

Swedish project leader, Professor Mathilda Tham, mathilda.tham (@) lnu.se

Japanese project leader, Professor Hiroko Akiyama, akiyama (@) iog.u-tokyo.ac.jp