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Ola Leifler

Associate Professor

My research interest is centred on promoting the dialogue in conversations about social change through large-scale social simulations (megagames). As a teacher, I have a strong interest in sustainable development.


Since 2013, I am employed as a lecturer at the Department of Computer and Information Science. My research interest is centred on creating good conditions for conversations about social change through large-scale social simulations (megagames). As a teacher, I also have a strong interest in sustainable development.  


My research is interdisciplinary and focused on how we can create greater understanding of the complex challenges we face through the use of social, large-scale simulations. We study how conversations about the transformation of energy systems, sustainable consumption and the countryside can be supported by formats where you get to experience new perspectives through the participation in a large-scale game. The aim is to stimulate better conversations about change and gain greater understanding of the complex issues, which have many different perspectives that need to be understood at the same time. 


I teach in subjects close to our research, including our course in Megagame design for sustainable development (ETE367/TDDE50). In addition, I contribute to many other courses, preferably ones that clearly touch on sustainability issues.

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Games for Social Transformation - an external page with more information about our various megagame-related activities.




Anne-Kathrin Peters, Rafael Capilla, Vlad Constantin Coroama, Rogardt Heldal, Patricia Lago, Ola Leifler, Ana Moreira, Joao Paulo Fernandes, Birgit Penzenstadler, Jari Porras, Colin C. Venters (2024) Sustainability in Computing Education: A Systematic Literature Review ACM Transactions on Computing Education, Vol. 24, Article 13 Continue to DOI


Björn Johansson, Peter Berggren, Ola Leifler (2023) Understanding the challenge of the energy crisis: Tackling system complexity with megagaming ECCE '23: Proceedings of the European Conference on Cognitive Ergonomics 2023 Continue to DOI
Maria Eidenskog, Ola Leifler, Johanna Sefyrin, Ericka Johnson, Mikael Asplund (2023) Changing the world one engineer at a time - unmaking the traditional engineering education when introducing sustainability subjects International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, Vol. 24, p. 70-84 Continue to DOI


Johan Malmqvist, Ulrika Lundquist, Anders Rosén, Kristina Edström, Rajnish Gupta, Helene Leong, Sin Moh Cheah, Jens Bennedsen, Ron Hugo, Aldert Kamp, Ola Leifler, Svante Gunnarsson, Janne Roslöf, Daniel Spooner (2022) The CDIO Syllabus 3.0 - An Updated Statement of Goals Proceedings of the 18th International CDIO Conference, p. 18-36
Azeem Ahmad, Erik Norrestam Held, Ola Leifler, Kristian Sandahl (2022) Identifying Randomness related Flaky Tests through Divergence and Execution Tracing 2022 IEEE 15TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON SOFTWARE TESTING, VERIFICATION AND VALIDATION WORKSHOPS (ICSTW 2022), p. 293-300 Continue to DOI

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