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 Mansueto Institute offers or co-sponsors a variety of programs for students who are interested in cities and sustainable urban development. This includes the undergraduate major and minor in Environmental and Urban Studies, the undergraduate minor in Architectural Studies, and the graduate certificate in Urban Science and Sustainable Development, as well as the Kreisman Initiative for Housing Law and Policy Fellowship, the Urban Doctoral Fellows program, and the Institute Postdoctoral 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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Welcome from the Director

A welcome letter to the 2022-23 academic year from Mansueto Institute director Luís Bettencourt, including a reflection on what makes cities work, and the significance of urban science in making more livable cities.

Applications for 2023-24 Postdoc Open

Applications are now open until Dec. 15 for postdoctoral fellowships with the Mansueto Institute for the 2023-24 academic year, for researchers interested in interdisciplinary research and technical training on cities and urban development.

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Mansueto to Head UChicago Affiliation with Argonne Lab Climate Center

The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded Argonne National Laboratory and a team of academic and community leaders $25 million over five years to establish a center called the Community Research on Climate and Urban Science or CROCUS, focusing on studying urban climate science and informing communities to build resilience to future effects of climate change in the Chicago region. The Mansueto Institute will head the University of Chicago’s affiliation with the center.


Apply for the Kreisman Housing Fellowship

UChicago Master’s or PhD students interested in careers in housing research or practice, apply by September 30, 2022, to join a multidisciplinary cohort of students exploring interrelated social, economic, and policy influences on housing. The program runs for one academic year and includes intimate lunch-and-learn meetings with housing experts, skill-building sessions, and a stipend to support their professional development.

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Kreisman Symposium Takes Up Housing Affordability & Zoning

Video is now available from the Kreisman Initiative for Housing Law and Policy’s first symposium on May 16, “Beyond the Single-Family Home: Zoning, Equity, and Access,” which centered around housing affordability and exclusionary zoning practices, and policy and other strategies that can encourage more multi-family housing.

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.


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