A New Way of Seeing

We’re a hub for urban science, training the next generation of urban scholars.

With over half the global population now living in cities, urban areas will be at the forefront of addressing modern challenges of climate change, inequity, and pioneering sustainable development. At the Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation, we believe we need new ways of thinking and acting that embrace the complexity of urban societies, integrate diverse disciplines and methods, take advantage of the natural dynamism and transformative power of cities, and make use of the enormous amounts of data generated in our urban spaces.

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.

For Students

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. We offer several fellowship opportunities: the Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship, the Kreisman Initiative for Housing Law and Policy Fellowship, the Urban Doctoral Fellows program, and the Community Research on Climate and Urban Science 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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Climate Research Postdoc

Apply now for a postdoctoral fellowship researching climate and urban resilience with the Community Research on Climate and Urban Science (CROCUS), a flagship project from the U.S. Department of Energy to create a network of Urban Integrated Field Laboratories for the study of climate change in local urban communities across the U.S. The project is led by Argonne National Laboratory with the University of Chicago, other higher education institutions in the greater Chicago area, and four community partners.


Report on First 5 Years

The Mansueto Institute has published report on the institute’s first five years. The report describes initiatives the institute has seeded across the university campus that address city life; the research, education, training programs, and events developed by the institute; the institute’s research scholarship; and partnerships developed between the institute and organizations around campus, as well as in government, non-profits, and the private sector.

Sustainability Research Opportunities

EFCampus is seeking to hire UChicago graduate and undergraduate research assistants for Summer 2023 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.


New Research on Green Cities, Segregation, & More

Read the Mansueto Institute Research Paper Series, on the Social Science Research Network (SSRN), a cross-disciplinary digest of early-stage research focused on cities, with new papers on racial segregation and economic activity, institutional barriers to sustainability in cities, public housing, and models of inequality.

Interactive Tool Visualizes Census Pandemic Data

The Mansueto Institute and Center for Spatial Data Science have released an interactive data visualization tool called Taking the American Pulse, which enables users to explore and gain insight from a U.S. Census survey of thousands of Americans in metropolitan areas across the country.

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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