Data-Driven Co-Creation

Autumn Course in Data-Driven Co-Creation


​​​​​​​Left: Geirangerfjord (by Carlos Perez, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0). Right: Ålesund by Hamish Hay.

This intensive international course, hosted at NTNU by the Smart Sustainable Cities team during the Autumn semester of 2022, will introduce students to data as a tool for citizen participation in the planning system in urban and rural areas.

​​​​​​​Dates: Sunday 2nd October - Thursday 13th October​​​​​​​​​​​​

Data-driven co-creation could be a tool for fostering a mutual understanding of tasks, goals and visions amongst citizens and stakeholders in municipalities. Through the course students will learn the skills necessary for developing innovative tools and methodologies for data-driven co-creation in policy formulation and decision-making processes for urban innovation.

Students will attend a full week-long study trip to Ålesund and Geiranger where the local municipalities are already engaging in techniques for data-driven co-creation. Students will then participate in ongoing real-life projects and will actively involve local stakeholders and residents, building on existing projects such as Ålesund's digital twin model.

The two proposed case studies for students will be:

  • Sørsida, a harbourside development area in Ålesund with high ambitions for inclusive and sustainable development
  • Geirangerfjord, which faces both environmental challenges coupled with a intensive tourist industry. The Twin Fjord project is seeking to create a participatory planning support system for sustainable land management using digital twin technology.

Relevant topics include, but are not limited to, energy and mobility management, upgrading of urban spaces, the urban-rural nexus, urban (sensor) data, urban and participatory systems, and much more.

The course is open to all students at NTNU.

Key Dates

  • Deadline for sign-up 31st August 2022 (please note that places are highly limited, so we recommend signing up as soon as possible)
  • Dates for fieldwork (mandatory): Sunday 2nd October - Saturday 8th October inclusive
  • Final fieldwork presentations will take place during the European Week of Regions and Cities in Trondheim, Monday 10th - Thursday 13th October​​

​​Practical Information

  • All teaching will take place in English
  • The course is intensive, and students are expected to be fully available from Sunday 2nd October - Thursday 13th October
  • The course is worth 7,5 ECTS
  • 10 NTNU students will be joined by 10 international students supported by scholarships
  • NTNU will fund all accommodation and travel expenses for the fieldwork. However, food and other subsistence will be funded by the students themselves.
In order to take part, students must sign up to the course: AAR5230 - Understanding Urban Ecological Planning - self programmed and email and
Fieldwork 2021
​​​​​​​Students in Data-Driven Co-Creation has a stimulating field trip to Ålesund in November 2021, critically exploring the use of digital technology for co-creation in urban planning. Learn more about the trip through the eyes of two of the students in this blog!​​​​​​​​​​


Contact information 

Smart Sustainable Cities
Faculty of Architecture and Design
Department of Architecture and Planning
NTNU, NO-7491 Trondheim, Norway

Visiting address
Alfred Getz vei 3, Sentralbygg 1, Room 568



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