Bram Lievens

Bram Lievens
Senior Researcher
As a senior researcher, Bram is responsible for the Living Lab research track within the user research unit. Bram's main expertise is within the domain of user centered design and Living Labs, with a focus on mobile applications in a smart city environment. Bram is active in and supervising various research projects in this area.

Bram also acts as a senior Living Lab methodologist and architect within the iMinds d Living Labs department. Key research activities here are focused on creating new Living Lab architectures as well as the set-up and implementation of these Labs to facilitate and enhance new product and service innovation (by means of a multi-stakeholder engagement process).
Bram Lievens holds a bachelor degree in social and cultural work and a master degree in communication science. After a brief period of working for various local authorities he joined iMinds-SMIT in 2002.

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Project Publication
Extending the field of view: a human-centred design perspective on 360° TV. (2014)

Uit passie of voor de poen? Een exploratie van gebruikersmotivaties voor deelname aan innovatie onderzoek in Living Labs (2014)

Drivers For End-users’ Collaboration In Participatory Innovation Development And Living Lab Processes (2014)

Uncovering users’ location privacy concerns: When, where and with whom are users willing to share location information? (2013)

Probe and proxies: Unraveling meaningful technology experiences (2013)

Mobimeter: A report on the adoption and use of mobile media technologies in Flanders. (2013)

Characteristics and Their Outcomes in Living Labs: A Flemish-Finnish Case Study (2013)

Living up the Lab: Exploring and Co-Designing an online cycle route planner through Ethnographic Tools and Co-Creation within a Flemish ICT-Living Lab (2013)

From Era of Plenty to Era of Overflow: What Shall I Watch? (2012)

From Era of Plenty to Era of Overflow: What shall I watch? (2012)


3D seen through the eyes of the user (2012)

The impact of the organizational setup of Living Labs on the innovation process: a case study between different Living Lab approaches in Flanders (2012)

Seeing the bigger picture: A user perspective on 360° TV (2012)

3DTV_D1.3_User and Social Requirements (2011)

From Sensory Dream to Television Format: Gathering User Feedback on the Use and Experience of Omnidirectional Video-based Solutions (2011)

IBBT xTV, deliverable D6.2.: Report on concept co-design through producer-user blending (2011)

User-driven Innovation in the Case of Three-dimensional Urban Environments (2011)

Managing Social Adoption and Technology Adaption in Lungitudinal Studies of Mobile Media Applications (2010)

How to make friends? Characteristics of offline communities affecting the impact of social network sites on intra-community cohesion. (2010)

Hot or not? characteristics for user acceptance of a social network site in offline communities (2009)

Co-Creation and User-Generated Content - Elderly People's User Requirements (2009)

How to make friends? Characteristics of offline communities affecting the impact of social network sites on intra-community cohesion. (2009)

Deliverable D5.3.1 User Acceptance Assessments (2009)

Re-inventing Newspapers in a Digital Era: the Mobile E-Paper (2009)

E-Democratie for Flanders. An assessment of European practice. viWTA/Vlaams Parlement (2009)

Ensuring Trust, Privacy and Etiquette in Web 2.0 Applications (2009)

Deliverable D1.1.3 Non-professional users as co-creators of media content (2009)

Configuring living labs for a 'thick' understanding of innovation (2009)

Proxy technology assessment as a multi-method approach for identifying social requirements of co-creative media. Paper presented at NordiCHI 2008 Workshop: New approaches to requirements elicitation (2008)

Faking the real thing? Proxy technology assessment as a method for participative design. Paper presented at Participatory Design Conference 2008 (2008)

User experiences Urbizone. Research report for Brussels Regional Informatic Center (2008)

Making the online complementary to the offline: social requirements to foster the ‘sense of community’. Presentation at Communication Policy and Technology section for the IAMCR (International Association for Media and Communication Research) congress ‘Me (2008)

Mobile television: new affordance, new practice? Paper presented at the IAMCR 2008 Conference (2008)

Does Mobile Television Challenge the Dimension of Viewing Television? An Explorative Research on Time, Place and Social Context of the Use of Mobile Television Content. Presented at the EuroITV 2008 Conference (2008)

Mobile television or television on a mobile? Presented at the Cost 2008 Conference (2008)

Confronting video-on-demand with television viewing practices (2008)

Presentation paper ‘The mobile digital newspaper. Lessons learned from the epaper project’ (2007)

The Mobile (R)evolution in Everyday Life: A Cross Border between Public and Private Sphere (2007)

Re-inventing newspapers in a digital era: the mobile e-paper (2007)

Video – on – demand: towards new viewing practices? (2007)

Analysing sector specificity regarding ICT and broadband usage by SMME businesses. (2007)

VOD: towards new viewing practices? (2007)

Why broadband? The meaning of broadband for residential users. (2007)

Understanding sector specificity regarding ICT and broadband usage by SMEs in Belgium. Paper presented at the BroadBand Europe Conference (2006)

An interdisciplinary approach in socio-economic research on the diffusion and appropriation- case: the multimedia content distribution platform. Paper presented at the BB Europe conference (2006)

Presentation ‘epaper businessmodelling and user research results’ at European Newspaper Publishers’ National Association (2006)

Walking the interface: uncovering practices through proxy technology assessment. Paper for EPIC 2006 (2006)

ICTs and SMEs – Opportunity or not? (2006)

The mobile digital newspaper: embedding the news consumer in technology development by means of living lab research (2006)

Domestication research for media and technology development: a case study (2006)

Why Broadband? presentation at the BILA workshop (2006)

Stimuleringsbeleid voor ICT-gebruik bij KMO's: onderzoeksverslag en input voor sensibiliseringscampagne (2006)

E-democracy. Towards a new democracy? (2006)

Eindrapport e-paper - verslag kwalitatief onderzoek fieldtrial. onderzoeksrapport IBBT project e-paper (2006)

Living labs for broadband innovation: Configuring user involvement, Paper for the BBEurope 2005 (BroadBand Europe), organised by the framework of BREAD - Broadband For All ( (2005)

MCDP: tussentijds rapport pre-survey focusgroepen (2005)

Multi-platform approach as an answer to the digital divide: which way to go? Paper presented at the IAMCR conference (2005)

Neue Demokratie durch neue Medien? (2005)

E-Democratie voor Vlaanderen. Een stand van zaken. Onderzoeksrapport in opdracht van viWTA/Vlaams Parlement (2004)

Zaken voor de kunst. Onderzoek naar de mechanismen en processen van bedrijfssponsoring binnen de muziek en podiumkunsten in Vlaanderen anno 2003. Researchreport for the Flemish government (2004)

Zaken voor de kunst. Bedrijfssponsoring in de muziek- en podiumkunsttensector in Vlaanderen (2004)

Mechanismen en processen van kunstsponsoring in Vlaanderen anno 2004 (2004)

Vlamm@ - De Vlaamse MultiMedia Actoren (2003)