Living Lab

The Living Lab facilitates sustainability-themed research at SFU by creating structured collaborations between staff, faculty and graduate students. The program aims to provide opportunities for applied research and experiential learning that improve the sustainability of SFU's three campus communities where we study, work and live.

Call for proposals now closed

The call for proposals for SFU's Living Lab program is now closed. Thank you to all who applied. The Living Lab is offering funding awards of up to $12,500 to support sustainablity-themed research. We invite innovative, creative and solution-based proposals that support the implementation of SFU’s Strategic Sustainability Plan 2020-2025 (SFU 2025).

Living Lab program

Living Lab Advisory Committee Members

  • Anil Hira (Professor, Department of Political Science)
  • Dan Cooper (Associate Director, Buildings & Grounds, Facilities)
  • David Zandvliet (Professor, Faculty of Education)
  • Gretchen Ferguson (Director, Global Engagement, SFU International)
  • Gordon McTaggart-Cowan (Associate Professor, School of Sustainable Energy Engineering) [Term 1]
  • John Clague (Professor Emeritus, Department of Earth Sciences)
  • Lupin Battersby (Knowledge Mobilization Officer)
  • Maya Gislason (Associate Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences)
  • Nastenka Calle Delgado (SFU Program Manager, PICS)
  • Nelly Leo (Executive Director, Embark Sustainability)
  • Shaheen Nanji (Executive Director, SFU International)
  • Sid Mehta (Senior Director, Ancillary Services) 
  • Simon Ford (Academic Director, Undergraduate Minor; Senior Lecturer, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Beedie School of Business)
  • Zafar Adeel (Professor of Professional Practice, School of Sustainable Energy Engineering)

Please note that committee members are allowed to submit proposals and will be asked to recuse themselves from the evaluation of their proposals.


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