Big Questions. Transformative Methods.

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.

We are now accepting applications for the 2020-2021 Institute Research Fellows. Watch the video to learn more and apply here.

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.


2020-2021 Postdoctoral Fellowships in Urban Science and Practice

The Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation invites applications for Institute Postdoctoral Fellows for appointments starting on or after September 1, 2020. We are particularly interested in individuals committed to building a deep scientific understanding of cities and processes of urbanization, and researchers developing transformative methods and practices in urban contexts across disciplines. 


Global Sustainability Summer School Kicks Off in Santa Fe

The 2019 Global Sustainability Summer School is an intensive two-week program on urban sustainability and technological innovations driving global, sustainable development. Hosted at the Santa Fe Institute in partnership with the Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation, the program provides an immersive experience for participants to explore interdisciplinary and forward-looking approaches to urban sustainability.

Growth and Development in Prefecture-Level Cities in China

Nowhere has the scale and scope of urbanization been larger than in China over the last few decades. Read this new research paper from Mansueto Institute’s Luis Bettencourt and Daniel Zünd, Postdoctoral Fellow, on Plos One.

The Evolution of the Galápagos

What was it like to research urbanization on the Galápagos this summer? UChicago College website features our undergraduate student researchers in this great article. Partnering with Mapillary, the team captured street-level images to gather data on urbanization and sustainable development on the islands.


Global Symposium on Sustainable Cities and Neighborhoods

Taking place on October 23-25 and co-organized with UN-Habitat, the Global Symposium on Sustainable Cities and Neighborhoods at the University of Chicago will bring together city leaders, community organizations, academic institutions, the tech sector and the international community to make commitments to empower millions of neighborhoods to tackle human societies’ greatest challenges.


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