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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MetroLab Annual Summit in June

The MetroLab Annual Summit will be held in Chicago from June 1-3, 2022, bringing together leaders from cities and universities from across MetroLab’s membership, and from federal agencies and philanthropy. The summit will include the University of Chicago’s work at the Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation; the Harris School of Public Policy; the Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy and Practice, and more.

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Apply For The Certificate in Urban Science and Sustainable Development

Applications are now open for the University of Chicago Graduate Certificate in Urban Science and Sustainable Development, training at the intersection of urbanization, development, and climate change. Building on UChicago’s history of urban scholarship, the certificate prepares students to enter the emerging field of sustainable urban development through the lenses of cities and urban systems.


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 To Discuss Exclusionary Zoning

The Kreisman Initiative for Housing Law and Policy at the Mansueto Institute will hold a symposium May 16, “Beyond the Single-Family Home: Zoning, Equity, and Access,” centering around common exclusionary zoning practices, like zoning for single-family homes over denser 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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