Big Questions. Transformative Methods.

We study the fundamental processes that drive, shape, and sustain cities.

At the Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation, 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 the next 20-30 years, Earth will reach peak population, with the net population growth of 4 to 5 billion happening in cities. The Mansueto Institute creates the research, evidence, and knowledge that empowers citizens from the realms of policy, activism, and practice, to realize the potential of our increasingly urban world.

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.

NEWS

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.

Scientists Develop Tools to Bring Infrastructure to Slums

Of the estimated 4 billion people living in urban areas worldwide, nearly a billion reside in slums. A coalition of researchers analyzed community maps, satellite imagery and municipal data from a dozen cities to create a general new tool for urban planning. The resulting study identifies key properties of street networks in order to develop the most efficient ways to build roads and water, gas and sanitation infrastructure in existing slums to quickly improve the quality of life for underserved residents.

 

San Francisco Harper Lecture: Register Today

Join the University of Chicago Alumni Association for a lecture with Luis Bettencourt exploring “The Kind of Problem a City Is.” In this Bay Area talk, Dr. Bettencourt will develop the case for an interdisciplinary study of cities as a nexus for many classical fields in the sciences and the humanities, emphasizing new opportunities for the University to lead transformative research and practice that address global challenges of sustainability and livability in cities.

Cities as Systems: Seminar Recap

Over the summer, Juval Portugali, a leading researcher in adapting complexity theory to the study of cities, joined the Mansueto Institute to give a lecture on cognition, information, and the city. Read the insightful reflections from UChicago faculty who attended, and a recap of big ideas Professor Portugali shared.

Students and UChicago Scientists Turn Wrigley Field into Data Lab

Array of Things researchers worked with students from Lane Technical College Prep High School on building, programming and deploying their own sensor “nodes,” gaining hands-on experience with technologies that helps scientists better understand cities.

Urban Innovations Event Video

Part of the Mansueto Institute’s Urban Innovations Series, watch the dynamic discussion between First Lady of New York City Chirlane McCray and Institute of Politics Fellow Dr. Nneka Jones-Tapia on the challenges that face incarcerated women, and the innovative solutions in New York and Chicago.

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