A New Way of Seeing

We’re a hub for urban science, training the next generation of urban scholars.

With over half the global population now living in cities, urban areas will be at the forefront of addressing modern challenges of climate change, inequity, and pioneering sustainable development. At the Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation, we believe we need new ways of thinking and acting that embrace the complexity of urban societies, integrate diverse disciplines and methods, take advantage of the natural dynamism and transformative power of cities, and make use of the enormous amounts of data generated in our urban spaces.

Our researchers come from the social, natural, and computational sciences, along with the humanities. Together, we pursue innovative, interdisciplinary scholarship, develop new educational programs, and provide leadership and evidence to support global, sustainable urban development.

For Students

The Mansueto Institute offers or co-sponsors a variety of programs for students who are interested in cities and sustainable urban development. This includes the undergraduate major and minor in Environmental and Urban Studies, the undergraduate minor in Architectural Studies, and the graduate certificate in Urban Science and Sustainable Development. We offer several fellowship opportunities: the Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship, the Kreisman Initiative for Housing Law and Policy Fellowship, and the Urban Doctoral Fellows program. Additionally, research assistant positions are available in our Environmental Frontiers Campus program and Urban Research Corps. Check our Opportunities page, subscribe to our monthly newsletter, and follow us on social media to get notified of opportunities as they become available.


Report on First 5 Years

The Mansueto Institute has published report on the institute’s first five years. The report describes initiatives the institute has seeded across the university campus that address city life; the research, education, training programs, and events developed by the institute; the institute’s research scholarship; and partnerships developed between the institute and organizations around campus, as well as in government, non-profits, and the private sector.

Interactive Tool Visualizes Census Pandemic Data

The Mansueto Institute and Center for Spatial Data Science have released an interactive data visualization tool called Taking the American Pulse, which enables users to explore and gain insight from a U.S. Census survey of thousands of Americans in metropolitan areas across the country.

Applications for 2023-24 Postdoc Open

Applications are now open until Dec. 15 for postdoctoral fellowships with the Mansueto Institute for the 2023-24 academic year, for researchers interested in interdisciplinary research and technical training on cities and urban development.

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Mansueto to Head UChicago Affiliation with Argonne Lab Climate Center

The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded Argonne National Laboratory and a team of academic and community leaders $25 million over five years to establish a center called the Community Research on Climate and Urban Science or CROCUS, focusing on studying urban climate science and informing communities to build resilience to future effects of climate change in the Chicago region. The Mansueto Institute will head the University of Chicago’s affiliation with the center.


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Kreisman Symposium Takes Up Housing Affordability & Zoning

Video is now available from the Kreisman Initiative for Housing Law and Policy’s first symposium on May 16, “Beyond the Single-Family Home: Zoning, Equity, and Access,” which centered around housing affordability and exclusionary zoning practices, and policy and other strategies that can encourage more multi-family housing.

Our Approach

We are seizing this opportunity to create a fundamental science of cities, based on an interdisciplinary approach that makes the most of the data and knowledge that cities embody.


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