Co-creation in Context: The User as Co-creator Approach

  • Ingrid MulderEmail author
  • Fenne Van Doorn
  • Pieter Jan Stappers
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9189)


By providing a platform for systemic innovation and co-creative partnerships, Living Labs open opportunities to get users involved early into the creative process of new ICT, product and services development. The concept leaves, however, much room on how to get users actually involved, and does not explain how to keep users engaged during the entire design process. The current work elaborates upon the user as co-creator approach and illustrates how current methods stressing participation and co-creation can be deployed to strengthen Living Lab practices. We present examples from the ProFit-lab Delft that demonstrate co-creation in context as well as the user as co-creator approach. We conclude with a discussion on the results and challenges to actively co-creating in context.


Children Co-creation Context Design methods Empowerment Living Labs Systemic innovation 



This work has been mainly based on the authors’ experiences gained in our research on Contextmapping and European projects such as CoreLabs and ProFit. Feedback on presented work at ICE 2009 [11] encouraged us to elaborate on the respective paper with examples from our user as co-creator practices. The IST Project CoreLabs: Co-creative Living Labs (No. IST-035065) has been partly funded by the European Commission ( ProFit is an Interreg IVB funded project ( in which various cities in North-West Europe (Delft, Eindhoven, Kortrijk and Sheffield) participate. The Contextmapping project is part of TU Delft’s ID-StudioLab, at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ingrid Mulder
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Fenne Van Doorn
    • 1
  • Pieter Jan Stappers
    • 1
  1. 1.ID-Studiolab, Faculty of Industrial Design EngineeringDelft University of TechnologyDelftThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Creating 010Rotterdam University of Applied SciencesRotterdamThe Netherlands

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