REBEL: Re-Imagining Future Smart Living – Beyond the Living Lab

The research programme REBEL (Re-Imagining Future Smart Living – beyond the Living Lab) is about how socially and environmentally sustainable smart cities and communities can be promoted in a participatory and responsible way that takes social and local values and know-how into account.

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REBEL is the design hub at Halmstad University

We explore and design for future liveable blended places. Under the umbrella of REBEL we gather Halmstad University's expertise in design - ranging from the design of services, experiences and AI-powered robots to speculative and norm-critical design, from product design to smart objects and materials. Design is for us not only an outcome, but also a way of thinking and making that shapes the REBEL approach to education and research.

REBEL’s upcoming activities

Don’t miss out on what’s going on in REBEL! Take part of upcoming activities here.

26 April: REBEL stakeholder workshop

The workshop takes place on 26 April at 10.00–16.00 on 22nd floor in the H-building, Halmstad University.

The Open Space Technology workshop is done to explore the research programme REBEL’s common goals and investigate what can be done the coming three years to reach them! The goal with this workshop is to bring together the REBEL collective of researchers, developers, funders, interested private and public actors, and communities to explore the directions the programme want to go together and come up with a prioritised and co-created list of what we will develop.

The REBEL stakeholder workshop is an annual event and is by invitation only to interested actors. The workshop will be conducted in English and facilitated by Pernilla Luttropp.

The vision of the programme is a world where the development of smart technology takes place in a responsible, ethical, and socially relevant way. Through locally based Living Labs, the idea is that REBEL will promote co-created design concepts for the sustainable living of the future.

REBEL is actively involved and holds a leading position in 19 Living Labs across Europe.

REBEL engages several of Halmstad University’s well-established research groups, including design ethnography, service design, green transition, AI and smart materials, norm-critical design, sociology, humanities, and innovation (see list of engaged researchers below).

The REBEL mission is to:

  • Lead internationally on co-creative design ethnographic future living labs with impact for socially sustainable everyday life.
  • Democratise technological development in future living thorugh human-centred design and responsible innovation.
  • Support and assess green transition by aligning decarbonisation and digital transformations with social sustainability through making and implementing concepts for future livable places and quality of life within planetary boundaries.
  • Build bridges that foster transdisciplinary and cross-sectoral professional collaborations and connects research and HEI education through a developed REBEL pedagogy.
  • Provide a networking platform for mutual support, facilitate project opportunities, academic careers and guidance to the wider community.

REBEL will do this by creating a support system of REBEL meet-ups, networking opportunities, seed-corn projects and strategic REBEL pedagogy development. REBEL is led by a leader’s pool of international guest professors, Halmstad University researchers and REBEL project leaders.

Participating researchers

School of Information Technology

School of Business, Innovation and Sustainability

School of Health and Welfare

School of Education, Humanities and Social Sciences

Pre-studies to develop applications

REBEL funds researchers at Halmstad University who want to conduct preliminary studies to create conditions for new exciting projects and collaborations to emerge with so-called seed-corn projects.

The focus is on exploring and co-creating cultural, social and physical values ​​in future smart living. Currently, the research programme has nine seed projects underway to develop applications:

  • Norm-critical design of SIS housing (Anna Isaksson & Emma Börjesson)
  • Student housing of the future (Andreas Resmini)
  • How digital technology can bring nature closer in urban areas (Katerina Cerna)
  • Energy consumption and the future of smart homes (Jonnie Eriksson & Tomas Nilson)
  • FabLab development (BG Rosén)
  • Future Data Ethics (Charlotte Arghavan)
  • Democratisation and accessibility of prosthetics (Fawzi Halila)
  • Co-design of future work vehicles (Dimitrios Gkouskos)
  • Co-design of socially sustainable mobility hubs (Jesper Lund)