Stockholm Flows Stockholm, Sweden



MIT Senseable City Lab, Amsterdam

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A city thrives when the community feels that people are connected to each other, that they share the same space regardless of their differences and the neighbourhoods they live in. But how many people are truly experiencing the full extent of their city? To answer this question, Stockholm Flows “linkage strength” between parts of Stockholm, Sweden, using geotagged Twitter and census data to measure how people from different neighbourhoods move around the city. The research examines whether socioeconomic differences such as income, education, and immigration history between two areas affects whether people move between them.

To visualise these results, we constructed an interactive data visualisation platform that allows users to explore in detail the relationships between the socio-demographics of neighbourhoods in Stockholm. The visualisation provides the option to select between income, education and foreign backgrounds, which provides a deeper understanding of how these neighbourhood variables affect human mobility patterns. Furthermore, one of the website's main interactions is selecting a specific neighbourhood on the map, which then reveals the five neighbourhoods they are linked to most in terms of flow. Finally, a video complements the platform, explaining the narrative between the research story and the methodology applied in the research.


Carlo Ratti Director
Cate Heine Research Lead
Paolo Santi Project Manager
Cristina Marquez Researcher
Fábio Duarte Design Manager
Eunsu Kim Visualization, Video
Tom Benson Visualization, Video
Claire Gorman Visualization
Umberto Fugiglando Coordinator
Marcus Sundberg KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Miriam Nordfors City of Stockholm
Lukas Ljungqvist City of Stockholm