Relationship to research question
This theme is linked to the third part of the main question: Under what conditions in terms of housing, finance and organisation, is the InnovationLab sustainable in the longer term?
This theme falls under research line C: spatial context. In practice, there is much coherence with research lines A (educational concept) and B (knowledge creation and transfer).
All those directly involved in the InnovationLab and the external market were examined in this sub-theme: students, teachers, researchers, field partners, neighbours, the building owner and companies in the Brainport Region.
We collected both qualitative and quantitative data using the following methods:
- In-depth interviews
- Photo analysis (snapshots)
- Desk research
- Occupancy & utilisation measurement
- Fontys Campus Analytics
Insights and partial conclusions
Due to covid-19, it was not useful to take measurements regarding InnovationLab occupancy for a long time during the study period. On two occasions, just before and 'after' the corona pandemic, utilisation and occupancy measurements were carried out. These showed that the utilisation and occupancy of the InnovationLab is relatively low compared to the number of students who could actually attend at that time. In financial terms, it is quite costly to organise education and research in the InnovationLab, especially compared to other Fontys locations. It is important to intensify the lab's use of space in order to remain housed in the InnovationLab in the longer term.
The full insights and conclusions are not disclosed here. These are only insightful for those directly involved.