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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How Cities Rise & Fall as Innovative Centers

Chris Esposito, an institute and Knowledge Lab postdoctoral fellow, published a paper in the Journal of Economic Geography looking at how cities rise as innovative centers, why they fall, and if cities can re-surge after falling. Cities generally pass through a three-stage process as they grow as innovative centers, and  it is rare for cities that have declined to experience second waves of local innovative growth, he found.

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Violent Crime Arises in Disordered Homes More than Neighborhoods

A paper published in the Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency by Alexandra Ciomek, an Institute and Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice postdoctoral fellow, and Daniel O’Brien of Northeastern University, found that violent crime is most likely to emerge at people’s homes or other specific addresses in connection with physical or social disorder, compared to on particular streets;or in entire neighborhoods.


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.

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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.

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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