The region
About the Living Lab

The Living Lab looks at how digital tools enable collaboration between colleagues and partners, educators and students, and producers and consumers, in the context of a community enterprise centre in Cloughjordan Ecovillage in rural Ireland, and how these changes contribute to local livelihoods, rural regeneration, local supply chains, and reducing carbon emissions. It also looks at how these factors combined contribute to regional resilience (defined as the ability to recover from shocks caused by pandemics and environmental, economic and political factors).

Living Lab coordinator: Cultivate Living and Learning
Domain: Rural

Focal question

How can digitalisation support local livelihoods that contribute to rural regeneration and assist in the transition to a low carbon society?

  •  To enable and support remote work where possible, to reduce travel in line with the global need to cut fossil fuel emissions, and to increase opportunities for rural-based livelihoods.
  • To strengthen local supply chains, thereby supporting livelihoods for local producers, artisans, and service providers, reinvigorating the local economy, reducing emissions, and supporting regional resilience.
  • To support citizen-led innovation, peer to peer exchange, and global communities of practice.
Main stakeholders
  • Local organisations: Cultivate, WeCreate Enterprise Centre, Sustainable Projects Ireland, Cloughjordan Cohousing Cooperative

  • Local business: Cloughjordan FabLab

  • Food outlet/short supply chain: loughjordan Community Farm, North Tipperary Online Farmers’ Market

  • Peer to Peer networks/Communities of Practice: FabLab Network, Open Food Network, Community Supported Agriculture Network, ECOLISE

Key documents

Policy brief: Supply chains and local livelihoods

National Policy Analysis (available soon)

Practice Abstract: Digitalisation & Resilient rural Livelihoods in Cloughjordan ecovillage

Digital Stories