The IIHS Labs are spaces of innovation, cutting-edge research, and grounded practice. They feed into the larger academic and research structure in a range of ways by providing spaces for experimentation on knowledge creation and incubation, avenues for methodological innovation, and critical skill building for teaching and training. In particular, the proposed IIHS IOE Labs will emphasise innovation—in teaching and research, practice and method. The Labs are unique spaces within the proposed IIHS IOE, and therefore each will be structured differently.
While some Labs will cut across all Schools, others will be specific to particular themes within one or two of the proposed IIHS IOE Schools, or even a sub-theme within a School. The Labs will also be the primary home for both Postdoctoral Fellows and practitioners within the proposed IIHS IOE, allowing them to use the flexibility of these spaces of innovation to address cutting-edge questions in the context of practice around specific themes. The Labs will also host several of the Postdoctoral Fellows within the proposed IIHS IOE.
As the proposed IIHS IOE builds out, several of these Labs could grow into larger Centres of Excellence. These will be focused on specific areas of research and practice, creating new knowledge both for the enhancement of capabilities within the proposed IIHS IOE in a self-reflexive manner, as well as for learning and development for external participants.