Innovation and Entrepreneurship InnoLab is a phenomenon-based, multidisciplinary open research platform of the University of Vaasa with a focus on open and user innovation, entrepreneurship, and public sector innovation and renewal. InnoLab also encourages the application of citizen science, open science, and design thinking.

The goal of InnoLab is to do societally impactful research and to promote new ways of doing science through inclusion, creativity, reduced hierarchies, and active citizens. InnoLab invests in dynamic cooperation with its external partners and in communication that is interesting and inviting to all types of audiences.

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InnoLab research

InnoLab conducts research in three thematic clusters:

1) Systems & Society
2) Transformational Innovation
3) Consumer & User-centric Innovation

Each theme comprises a variety of InnoLab-affiliated researchers and projects.
You can find out more about the themes by following the links below.

News and events


Project Duration Actors
Energy and transport poverty in Finnish rural areas (MaaElli) - InnoLab
Nature as part of the youth hyte services (LuontoHYTE ) - InnoLab
NATUREACH – Nature Reachable for all - InnoLab, Digital Economy, Administrative Sciences, Marketing and Communication
MISS – Practising mission-oriented innovation policy - SC-Research, Technology and Innovations, InnoLab, Administrative Sciences, Management
Media Pluralism Monitor 2022 - InnoLab
Digitally mediated decarbon communities in energy transition (DigiDecarbon) - InnoLab, Technology and Innovations, Marketing and Communication, Networked value systems NeVS, Strategic business development
Brothers from a different mother? How businesses and public sector organizations develop leadership competencies and change processes for blockchain implementation (BizPub) - InnoLab, Technology and Innovations, Management, Marketing and Communication, Networked value systems NeVS, International business and marketing, Human resource management
A Roadmap OUT of mEdical deserts into supportive Health WorkForce initiatives and policies (ROUTE-HWF) - InnoLab, Administrative Sciences
Managing Transition Risks in Risk Bearing Value Chains (T-Risk) - InnoLab
ELVIS - Evolving innovation space, RDI policies and impact evaluation - InnoLab

InnoLab activities

InnoLab hosts events and participates in a variety of outreach activities. These include topical seminars, panel debates, workshops, technical and societal hackathons, and networking events that bring together academics across disciplines and experts from different fields (e.g. business, media and politics).

InnoLab is passionate about making research visible and accessible to all. We value, encourage and support science communication in all forms and fora.

InnoLab contact information

Open positions

When we have open positions you will find them here