LabGov - Laboratory for the Governance of the City as a Commons

Director: Prof. Christian Iaione (

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LabGov was founded in 2011 at Luiss Guido Carli as a soft skills laboratory and evolved into an applied research laboratory, in 2015 it became a legal entity managed by alumni. He has also been active at Georgetown University since 2017 and at Universidad Latina de Costa Rica since 2018.

LabGov annually delivers an Interdisciplinary Urban Clinic as an interdisciplinary and interdepartmental laboratory active within the Soft Skills program of Luiss Guido Carli. The ultimate goal of the path is to co-design public policies and / or prototype civic entrepreneurship projects that generate forms of sustainable community development and that know how to combine social, technological and digital innovation, transforming it into an engine of social equality and socio-economic development. Each year LabGov generates a new civic regeneration operation of urban commons and / or incubates, accelerates civic enterprises and community cooperatives, develops public policies aimed at creating new jobs, reducing social and economic inequalities, establishing collective and social institutions. proximity, apply innovation in law. The approach is based on the partnership between five types of actors: public, private, social, cognitive, civic (so-called quintuple helix).

Through the ICEDD, LabGov has developed the "CO-city" and "CO-territories" methodological protocol to synthesize the processes, principles, economic, legal and institutional tools to combine the actors of the five-fold helix of urban innovation who want to innovate traditional urban planning schemes, urban welfare models and forms of local economic development.

The laboratory also produces open access publications (scientific and non-scientific) which summarize and analyze the results of the research and design activities carried out.