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.


Norman Foster Foundation Presents the ‘On Cities’ Masterclass Series

Luis Bettencourt joins the Norman Foster Foundation’s Masterclass Series ‘On Cities,’ featuring leading experts in the fields of architecture, urbanism, economics and mobility exploring the most compelling urban topics of our time. Watch Professor Bettencourt’s lecture on the challenges of current and future cities, such as injustice and segregation, and in turn the opportunities we must seize ahead.


Apply Now: 2021-2022 Certificate in Urban Science and Sustainable Development

University of Chicago Master’s and PhD students are invited to apply for the 2021-2022 Certificate in Urban Science and Sustainable Development. This program recognizes graduate student work at the nexus of urban development, the study of cities, and the future of sustainability. The Certificate establishes the scientific and intellectual underpinnings for a career in the emerging field of sustainable urban development. Applications due June 20, 2021. Learn more.

UChicago Scholar Inspires Students to Engage with Our Environment

Professor Sabina Shaikh, Mansueto Initiative Lead and Faculty Advisor, is profiled for her work encouraging students in environmental research and practice. Read the article here.

The Link Between Green Space and Designing Cities for Psychological Well-being

Marc Berman, lead of the Urban Cognition Lab, is featured in New Scientist discussing the mental health boost we get from urban green space. Berman’s research points to specific design and policy interventions cities can use to make nature more accessible and equitable, from making green spaces multipurpose to meet a variety of needs to incorporating patterns found in nature into architecture, and factoring the value of these ecosystem services benefits into economic decision-making. Read the article.

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.


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