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What to Know About Chicago's Tax to Pay for Homelessness

Mansueto Institute Director Christopher Berry tells WBEZ that Chicago’s plan to tax real estate transactions to pay for homelessness services is “a creative way to try to find a progressive revenue source from a relatively limited set of options,” but supporters have to make a case for why Chicago is worth investing in.


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Could the 15-Minute City Work in the Car-Heavy U.S.?

In a new paper in the journal Nature Human Behavior and op-ed in Bloomberg CityLab, Mansueto postdoctoral fellow Arianna Salazar Miranda shows that Americans could adopt to the “15-minute city” model — when parks, grocery stores, and other amenities are nearby, even in the fastest growing cities, which have the lowest rates of 15-minute trips.

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What Does Safety Mean To You? Series

TIWG, the Trauma Interest Working Group, is hosting What Does Safety Mean to You? Community Perspectives on Safety Speaker Series, a set of forums that will explore the various meanings of safety and policies, practices, and attitudes within their historical and current contexts affecting the University of Chicago campus and our surrounding communities.

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Mansueto Colloquium Series

The Mansueto Institute hosts a Colloquium series during the academic year featuring speakers from a variety of fields on the latest research related to cities, in a hybrid format. Upcoming talks will explore the role of data science in understanding cities, and environmental health in urban areas. Watch past talks on our Youtube channel.

Urban Doctoral Fellowship

Applications are now open to University of Chicago PhD students for the Urban Doctoral Fellows Program, a yearlong, supervised cohort experience for up to ten students whose research focuses on urban issues. Students get training and meet regularly to discuss strengthening scientific writing, effective presentations, and multimedia communications, with the goal of generating a paper and talk to be presented at a leading conference in their field.

Faculty Urban Innovations Grants

Be part of an ecosystem of urban innovation, and apply for a Urban Innovations grant from the Mansueto Institute. We support research at the University of Chicago across disciplines focused on critical issues and topics impacting cities, with the goal of developing bold thinking through a range of methods and approaches for understanding urban environments and shaping policy and practice. Funding is available for UChicago faculty, and especially encouraged from junior faculty.

Sustainability Research Opportunities

EFCampus is seeking to hire UChicago graduate and undergraduate research assistants for Summer 2024 for paid opportunities focused on the intersection of environmental sustainability and urbanization. Past EF Campus cohorts have studied and made recommendations on campus lab energy use, water conservation, tree canopy coverage, and more.


The Mansueto Institute offers or co-sponsors a variety of programs for students who are interested in cities and sustainable urban development. We offer several fellowship opportunities: the Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship, the Kreisman Initiative for Housing Law and Policy Fellowship, the Urban Doctoral Fellows program, the Community Research on Climate and Urban Science Postdoctoral Fellowship, and the Data Science Journalism Fellowship. Additionally, research assistant positions are available in our Environmental Frontiers Campus program and Urban Research Corps. Check our Opportunities page, subscribe to our monthly newsletter, and follow us on social media to get notified of opportunities as they become available.


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