Shin Koseki

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My work aims to reduce social and political conflicts between individuals and local communities within contemporary metropolitan regions.

I combine computational social sciences, social theory and institutional design to investigate how individuals, groups and communities rely on their environment to conduct democratic processes.

Through this work, I develop design, planning and governance strategies for contemporary metropolitan spaces.


I am a co-founder of Chôros and currently a Scientist at EPFL Habitat Research Center and EPFL-UNIL Center for Digital Humanities.


2018 Visiting Fellow at ETH Zurich Chair of Social Networks 2017 Visiting Professor at the University of Montreal’s School of Planning & Design, 2017 Academic visitor at the MIT Media Lab, 2010–2016 Researcher and Studio Director at the EPFL Studio for the Conception of Space, 2014 Visiting Fellow at the University of Oxford School of Anthropology, 2014 Visiting Fellow at the National University of Singapore Cities Research Cluster and Academic Guest at the ETH Future Cities Laboratory.

Recent publications

“The geographic evolution of political cleavages in Switzerland: A network approach to assessing levels and dynamics of polarization between local populations.”

PLoS ONE 13(11): e0208227.

This article introduces “Dyadic Agreement Modeling” (DyAM), a transdisciplinary method to assess the evolution of geographic cleavages in vote outcomes by implementing a metric of agreement/disagreement through Network Analysis. Unlike existing approaches, DyAM offers a stable measure for political agreement and disagreement—accounting for chance, statistically robust and remaining structurally independent from the number of entries and missing data. The method opens up to a range of statistical, structural and visual tools specific to Network Analysis and its usage across disciplines.



European think tank for spatial planning and metropolitan governance

Chôros is a scientific and operational think tank active in European spatial planning and governance. We help communities, cities, regions and states achieve greater economic and social well-being. We operate as an Open Organization and welcome collaborations and partnerships from individuals, groups and companies engaged in finding applicable solutions to urban sustainability.

Awards, Fellowships & Honors


2017 Awarded Swiss Cartographic Society “Prix Carto”

2017 EPFL Annual Report Research Highlight

2017 ENAC Annual Report Research Highlight

2014 Awarded Swiss National Science Foundation Mobility Fellowship

2010 Awarded Arditi Foundation for Arts and Sciences Medal

2010 EPFL “Best Of” selection

2008 Two-month boarding at the “Académie de France à Rome”


Research Projects