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Detroit's Lowest Priced Homes Over-Assessed, Report Finds

The Detroit City Council has passed two resolutions to halt foreclosures and correct property tax assessments on that city’s lowest priced homes, after an analysis released by the Mansueto Institute and the Center for Municipal Finance at the Harris School of Public Policy found a majority of those properties were over-assessed. Michigan Public, Detroit News, CBS, Michigan Chronicle, and other outlets have covered the report, which also finds that high-priced homes are more likely to be under-assessed.


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Local Data Journalism Fellows Announced

The Local Data Journalism Initiative is excited to announce our first cohort of Data Journalism Fellows: Maya Dukmasova of Injustice Watch, Sarah Freishtat of the Chicago Tribune, Matt Kiefer of WBEZ Chicago, Alden Loury of WBEZ Chicago, Dan Petrella of the Chicago Tribune, and A.D. Quig of the Chicago Tribune, and. This summer fellows will investigate critical issues impacting cities, including real estate, transportation, and public finance, with the support of student-faculty data science teams.


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Symposium on Housing & Climate Change

Join the Kreisman Housing Law and Policy Initiative’s annual symposium on May 2, Housing & Climate Change. Two major crises of our time—climate change and a lack of affordable housing—seriously challenge our ability to create cities that are both livable and equitable. The goal of this year’s Kreisman Initiative on Housing Law and Policy Symposium on Housing and Climate Change is to better understand the connections between the two. Continuing education credit is available through APA and AIA.

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Mansueto Colloquium Series

The Mansueto Institute hosts a lunchtime Colloquium series during the academic year featuring speakers from a variety of fields on the latest research related to cities, in a hybrid format. Upcoming talks will explore the “The 15-Minute City Quantified Using Human Mobility Data” and “Bicycling in Low- and Middle-Income Countries’ Cities.” Watch past talks on our Youtube channel.

Urban Doctoral Fellowship

Applications are now open to University of Chicago PhD students for the Urban Doctoral Fellows Program, a yearlong, supervised cohort experience for up to ten students whose research focuses on urban issues. Students get training and meet regularly to discuss strengthening scientific writing, effective presentations, and multimedia communications, with the goal of generating a paper and talk to be presented at a leading conference in their field.

Urban Innovation Grants for Student Organizations

Students can apply now for Urban Innovation Grants for Student Organizations of up to $5,000, to help support University of Chicago student events, research, or other initiatives on campus focused on critical issues and topics impacting cities. This opportunity is open to undergraduate and graduate student groups and organizations at the University of Chicago, and can fund outside speakers, conferences, and related efforts.


The Mansueto Institute offers or co-sponsors a variety of programs for students who are interested in cities and sustainable urban development. We offer several fellowship opportunities: the Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship, the Kreisman Initiative for Housing Law and Policy Fellowship, the Urban Doctoral Fellows program, the Community Research on Climate and Urban Science Postdoctoral Fellowship, and the Data Science Journalism Fellowship. 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.


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