Big Questions. Transformative Methods.

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.

In a quickly changing pandemic landscape, access to current, validated county-level data and analysis is crucial to understanding needs and supporting planning efforts. County-level visualizations and analytics reveal a more detailed pandemic landscape with local hotspots of surging COVID cases that are missed by state-level data.

Explore the U.S. COVID-19 Atlas developed by the Center for Spatial Data Science at the University of Chicago, affiliated with the Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation. Find out more on UChicago News.

Read a letter from Luis Bettencourt, our Inaugural Director, for an update from the Mansueto Institute during COVID-19.

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.


Study Compares Urban Quality of Life and COVID-19 Rates

The Mansueto Institute’s Human Development Index project has been named Innovation of the Month by MetroLab Network and Government Technology magazine. Find out how we’re measuring people’s quality of life at the neighborhood level and how it intersects with the COVID-19 pandemic.

A Message from Our Director

Right now, there are many urgent voices that must be heard. We feel that the most important thing we can do is to listen, to acknowledge and show respect for those who have suffered the most and the longest, especially in the African American community. Read a message from our director Luis Bettencourt and find resources from the Trauma Interest Working Group in our June newsletter.

Apply Now: Kreisman Graduate Fellows Program

The Kreisman Initiative for Housing Law and Policy brings together the fields of urban science and law to advance housing scholarship and generate new ideas about cities and housing. The Graduate Fellows program will create an interdisciplinary cohort of UChicago students committed to pursuing careers in the dynamic field of housing.


Meet the new class of Urban Doctoral Fellows

The Urban Doctoral Fellows program provides a yearlong writing and professionalization experience for up to 10 University of Chicago doctoral students whose research focuses on urban issues. Students may come from any department or School at the University of Chicago; they may also be in any year of their PhD. Learn more.

COVID-19's Community Impacts: The Human Development Lens

Human Development measures the ability of human populations to lead long, healthy and fulfilled lives. A quantitative analysis reveals that COVID-19 has had a greater impact on local communities with lower Human Development Index. Read our latest blog post by researchers Suraj (Neil) Sheth and Luis Bettencourt at the Mansueto Institute.


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