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.


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Paper Advocates for Grad Training in Sustainable Urban Systems Science

A paper published in the journal Urban Sustainability that includes co-authors at the Mansueto Institute outlines a new academic training program in the emerging field of sustainable urban systems science. Grad students would be trained in a cross-disciplinary program to address the twin challenges of climate change and urbanization, the authors write.

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Apply Now to Join EFCampus Summer 2022

Applications are now open for EFCampus Undergraduate Research Assistants and one Graduate Student Project Lead for Summer Quarter 2022. EFCampus RAs explore issues of campus sustainability through hands-on research and collaboration. Applications are due by 11:59 on February 20, 2022. Learn more and apply here.

Call for Research Proposals

The Mansueto Institute is seeking research proposals focused on the systemic study of how cities work, grow, and develop, to advance more sustainable and equitable urban futures. Submit ideas for research projects, working groups, faculty-led Initiatives, or postdoctoral fellowships by March 1.

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2021 in Review, and Looking Forward

The Mansueto Institute’s 2021 accomplishments on research about cities and urbanization, training the next generation of urban scholars, and building a transformative network of partnerships around urban science and innovation.

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'Big Brains' Podcast Looks at Progress on UN Sustainable Development Goals

Luis Bettencourt, director of the Mansueto Institute, joined University of Chicago’s “Big Brains” podcast to discuss cities’ role in advancing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and progress made on reducing poverty and hunger and improving public health and life expectancy.

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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