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.


Apply to Be an EFCampus Summer Research Assistant

EFCampus is seeking to hire undergraduate Research Assistants for Summer 2021. These paid positions provide a unique research opportunity for UChicago students to use campus data as a case study for understanding a path to a more sustainable future. Applications are due March 20th. Read more and apply.

UChicago Mansueto Institute, MPC and Brookings Awarded NSF Civic Innovation Challenge Planning Grant

The University of Chicago Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation, Metropolitan Planning Council and Brookings Institution were awarded a $50,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to support research on “Overcoming Mobility Inequity with New Open-Access Tools for Analyzing Spatial Accessibility” as part of the first phase of the NSF Civic Innovation Challenge. Read more in our newsletter.

Systems Architecture for Real Time Epidemiological Prediction and Control

This new working paper by Luis Bettencourt and Satej Soman at the University of Chicago shows how to combine epidemic models with probability theory and Bayesian learning to create statistical frameworks for data assimilation, adaptive prediction and control. Resulting models estimate epidemic parameters in real time, quantifying the comparative success of diverse policies.

The Ethics of Reopening K-12 Schools during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Read a recap of the inaugural talk of the Mansueto Institute’s Trauma Interest Working Group Speaker Series with Dr. Lainie Friedman Ross of the University of Chicago Medicine on the disproportionate impact of school closures on students, families and school personnel from vulnerable populations, many of whom rely on schools for resources other than learning.

2020 Year in Review

The year 2020 will be remembered as a time when our societies were severely tested, not only in terms of health response to the pandemic, but especially our collective thinking and action on issues of equity and justice. Read a letter from our director Luis Bettencourt.


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