Shin Alexandre Koseki, PhD

In my research, I investigate how individuals, groups and communities rely on social and urban spaces to conduct democratic processes. By combining computational social sciences, social theory and institutional design, I aim to reduce social and political conflicts between individuals and local communities within contemporary metropolitan regions.

          I am a Research associate in the Choros network. Prior to this, I was Visiting Professor at the University of Montreal’s School of Planning, Lecturer and Studio Director at the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, Affiliated Visiting Fellow at the University of Oxford, Visiting Fellow at the National University of Singapore and Academic Guest at the ETH Future Cities Laboratory.


Traces, Behaviors and Material

Research Focus I

DIGITAL URBANISM describes an interdisciplinary scientific approach that looks at the inception, the development and the expansion of urban modes of living through the lens of computational tools. It addresses questions such as how people rely on cultural technologies to craft social strategies and artefacts? and what social artifacts are more likely adapt to globalization processes? One example consists in the study of moral values and political ideologies’ geographic resilience and polarization through behaviors and discourses.

            To provide an understanding of such cultural characteristics, DIGITAL URBANISM deploys a set of interdisciplinary tools and methodologies, and creates theoretical connections between social theory, human geography, political sciences, anthropology and computer sciences. 

            The framework of this research establishes the importance of considering aspirations, capabilities and affordances in predicting individual and collective behaviors. To this end, it focuses on both individuals, groups and the social and material objects they produce.  DIGITAL URBANISM can be apply to many fields of study. Recently, it has produced findings pointing to the central role played by the spatial attributes of behaviors in shaping democratic institutions and national unity; and the importance of moral arguments in vote outcomes.


Prospective,  Politics and Economics

Research Focus II

DATA BLACKHOLES sets up an agenda to research the effect of data-oriented practices on human rights, social justice and liberties. As planning and policy-making are increasingly reliant on big data, questions raise: Are we equally represented in data? Are data-oriented practices detrimental to data-unproductive individuals? How to shield and empower data-vulnerable groups?

            To engage with these questions, DATA BLACKHOLES seeks to promote the voice of those who are more likely to be at risk of data-mistreatment: communities and individuals that are often already socially marginalized, economically disadvantages and geographically segregated.   


Research Projects



Research-based teaching


            My pedagogical approach affords in a series of methods to increase students’ capabilities in design and research. At the core of my teaching lies conceptual crossbreeding, by which architects and planners are not limited to design material structures, but do engage in a larger societal, curatorial and scientific debate, and develop interdisciplinary solutions for today social challenges.

            Students achieve conceptual crossbreeding mostly through intensive research practice and situated learning, but also by meticulously articulating their design into existing cultural and political contexts. This technique relies greatly on the idea of skill transfer, by which students mobilize and exercise their capabilities to reach clearly defined knowledge and cognitive abilities as learning outcomes.

            I teach social sciences, architecture and planning to interdisciplinary audiences, mostly composed of civil engineers, environmental engineers, architects, and social scientists. I have come across various formats of teaching including lectures, seminars, workshops, project studios, mentorship and supervision. Each format has allowed me to experiment with new teaching techniques and methods, and implement pedagogical theory into practice.