DIVISUAL is a research group integrating research on citizen and actor dialogue with digital visualization, games, open data and other digital tools. The focus is on knowledge production related to transformation and management of urban environments and building stocks. We address social, cultural, spatial, institutional, technical and digital issues. Therefore, our scientific approach is transversal and incorporates contributions not only from design, architecture and planning but also from disciplines such as geography, engineering, sociology, and information and communication technologies (ICT). The research aims to increase capacity of all affected stakeholders to manage complex challenges by developing, applying and analyzing processes, methods and tools.
DIVISUAL has competence in urban planning and transformation, citizen and stakeholder dialogue, digital visualization, gaming, building stock modelling, GIS, and more.
DIVISUAL is involved in a wide set of collaborations with cities, municipalities, housing companies, real estate management, building companies and consultants, as well as with different civic groups and organizations. The research group is closely linked to Visual Arena Lindholmen and Visual Arena Research. There is also a well developed network for research collaboration in the ’million program’ housing area Hammarkullen, where there is collaboration with local actors in the public housing company Bostadsbolaget, the city district adminstration and the Swedish Union of Tenants. The collaboration link outreach activities with research and education, especially the master’s course Social inclusion for Sustainable Development, but also locally based Social Work students from University of Gothenburg. There is also collaboration with Urban Studies at Malmö University. Internationally, the group collaborates with researchers in Alicante, Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Havana, Kisumu, London, Rotterdam and Zürich.
Some keywords outlining the research approach include: actor networks, building-stock modeling, citizen empowerment, collaborative mapping, co-production of urban knowledge, gentrification, management games, multicriteria decision aids, multi-stakeholder dialogue, planning processes, social inclusion, systems thinking, transition analysis, urban simulations, and visualization.



Marco Adelfio adelfio@chalmers.se


Monica Billger  monica.billger@chalmers.se


Jaan-Henrik Kain kain@chalmers.se

PhD student

Hye Kyung Lim kyung@chalmers.se


Jennifer Mc Conville jennifer.mcconville@slu.se

Associate Professor

Jenny Stenberg jenny.stenberg@chalmers.se

Associate Professor

Liane Thuvander liane.thuvander@chalmers.se


Beata Stahre Wästberg beata.wastberg@chalmers.se

Our projects

CIVIC – Construction In Vicinities: Innovative Co-creation

Complex adaptive systems and urban planning

Closing the loops on resource flows – a starting point for sustainable urban water and waste management

Compact cities – Exploring qualities, drivers and strategies for promoting mixed-use urban development

Compact cities in informal settlements – Exploring qualities, drivers and strategies for promoting mixed-use urban development

Data Fusion in Urban modeling and Visualisation


Nordic Built – Sustainable Transformation and Environmental Design

Norm-critical visualization

Oikonet: A European multidisciplinary network on housing research and learning

Re-renovation: Possibilities for increased energy efficiency and the re-creation of cultural historical values

Urban Cobuilder: Urban design simulation involving Augmented Reality on project sites

Urban CoMapper : Collaborative mapping regarding perception of urban qualities

Visualisation of the energy systems and energy flows in a timber house

Codesign in urban planning in Cuba

URBES – Urban Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

Interplace – How can citizen initiatives interplay with invited participation in urban planning?

Urban Games

Urban Empowerment: Transdisciplinary knowledge production of citizens participation in urban development


Go:Smarting, GIS

New homes in Biskopsgården: The citizen project where inhabitants came with proposals for urban densification