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.


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

This summer, nine undergraduate students turned their environmental commitments into campus actions through the Environmental Frontiers Campus program, a part of the larger Environmental Frontiers initiative. Students from across the physical, biological, and social sciences divisions collaborated remotely in teams with University of Chicago faculty and staff for 10 weeks researching energy and water use at the University. Learn more about how their research will help improve campus sustainability.

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.

Is Urbanization Good for Humankind? New Perspectives from Space.

The largest migration movement that humankind has ever undertaken is in full swing: from the countryside to cities. This Wednesday, October 21 from 12:30-1:30pm CST, join our virtual Lunch Colloquium series for a fascinating discussion with guest speaker Dr. Hannes Taubenböck of the Earth Observation Center, German Aerospace Center (DLR).


Political Data: Behind the Scenes of a Campaign

Over the last several years, advances in data have revolutionized the way political campaigns operate. Data now drives many of the most critical decisions ranging from who to contact, what to say, and where to spend resources. On October 28th at 1pm CT, Nicholas Marchio, Research Data Scientist at the Mansueto Institute, will share his frontline perspective about the latest tools, trends, and data that drive campaign strategy in 2020. Register here.

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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