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.


Local Innovations, SDGs and COVID-19: World Cities Day 2020

On Friday, October 30, Luis Bettencourt of the Mansueto Institute will join UN-Habitat’s New York Office’s #WorldCitiesDay2020 official event on “Local Innovations, SDGs & COVID-19” with UN-Habitat Executive Director Maimunah Mohd Sharif. Tune in to watch live from 8am-9:45am CST. Register here.

2021-2022 Mansueto Institute Postdoctoral Fellows Application Now Open

The Mansueto Institute invites applications for Institute Postdoctoral Fellows for appointments starting on or after September 1, 2021. We are particularly interested in individuals committed to building a deep scientific understanding of cities and processes of urbanization, and researchers developing transformative methods and practices in urban contexts across disciplines. Learn more and apply by December 17th.

EFCampus Student Researchers Help UChicago Improve Campus Sustainability and Work Towards Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Goals

This summer, nine undergraduate students turned their environmental commitments into campus actions through the Environmental Frontiers Campus program. Students collaborated remotely with University of Chicago faculty and staff for 10 weeks researching energy and water use at the University. Find out how their research will help improve campus sustainability.

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.

UChicago Hosts Second Annual Urban October to Confront Global Challenges

This month marks the second annual Urban October at the University of Chicago, a monthlong initiative in collaboration with UN-Habitat that highlights policy leaders, public officials, and leading researchers from Chicago and around the world who are confronting the most profound challenges facing global cities. All events are free and open to the public.


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