A New Way of Seeing

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

At the Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation, we study the fundamental processes that drive, shape and sustain cities. 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.

The University of Chicago is proud to present the first-ever Certificate in Urban Science and Sustainable Development, recognizing graduate student work addressing one of the most challenging and important issues of our time—Sustainable Urban Development. The Certificate, which is awarded in conjunction with existing UChicago graduate degree programs, establishes the scientific and intellectual underpinnings for a career in this emerging field.

Learn more about this new opportunity for Master’s and PhD students who have completed the first year of their degree program and who are interested in the future of cities.

Environmental Frontiers

Environmental Frontiers brings together University of Chicago faculty, students, and staff to collaborate on finding innovative ways to build a more sustainable future on campus and beyond.


Design and the Post-Pandemic City: A conversation with Bruce Mau

Are cities under attack? The ongoing coronavirus pandemic is hitting large cities around the world hard. Join this discussion on October 14th with world-renowned designer and urbanist Bruce Mau, author of Massive Change and MC24, and featured panelists, which will blend design thinking with emerging insights from urban science to demonstrate systemic approaches for imagining the future of cities in a post-pandemic world.

UN World Data Forum: Million Neighborhoods Panel

On October 19th, Mansueto Institute Executive Director Anne Dodge will moderate a panel with our partners in Sierra Leone, Namibia and South Africa at this year’s #UNDataForum. Don’t miss our panel on “The Million Neighborhoods Map and OpenReblock: Spatial data-driven processes and tools to accelerate sustainable and equitable human development in fast-growing cities.”


Deadline Extended: Kreisman Graduate Fellows

UChicago Master’s or PhD students interested in careers in housing research or practice: apply by October 11 to join an multidisciplinary cohort of students exploring interrelated social, economic, and policy influences on housing. This year’s cohort will have a unique experience as the Fellowship content and conversations react in real time to COVID-19’s impact on housing stability around the world. Learn more.

Urban Growth and the Emergent Statistics of Cities

Creating meaningful change in cities takes decades and starts from the bottom, according to new research by Luis Bettencourt in Science Advances. Find out how new mathematical models reveal the links between the structure of cities and the dynamic nature of growth and inequality in human societies.

Virtual Ethnography: "The Pandemic as Portal"

This summer, Virtual Ethnographic Research Methods was the only class offered at UChicago that prepares undergraduates to carry out qualitative research during a pandemic. Taught by Mansueto Institute Fellow and Sociology Postdoctoral Scholar Benjamin Fogarty-Valenzuela, the course is composed of undergraduate and graduate students from a multidisciplinary background.


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