Our Work

Currently in its formative stage, the Institute envisions building a holistic set of initiatives and efforts focused on people, partnerships, and convenings:


  • Fellows in Residence, professionals working at the frontiers of urban science and practice who can connect faculty and students to new research and practice partners
  • External faculty in fields like urban design, architecture, engineering, and remote sensing
  • Undergraduate and graduate student scholarships, for promising young scholars whose research advances urban science
  • A Postdoctoral cohort of Mansueto Fellows, placed in departments and schools around the university, who come together under the Mansueto umbrella to catalyze interdisciplinary research at the highest levels


  • Centers like the Chicago Center for Urban Design and the Kreisman Housing Initiative will be incubated at the Mansueto Institute, serving as bridges to UChicago’s many schools, centers, and institutes
  • Urban Data Observatory that partners with the private-sector; this observatory will be both an infrastructure and a pipeline for new data from industry, allowing Mansueto’s researchers to work with data from private-sector urban service providers


  • Working groups for the world’s leading urban scientists and practitioners, who come together in Chicago and internationally under the auspices of the Mansueto Institute to develop shared, fundamental knowledge of cities
  • A named speaker series, bringing in internationally recognized voices in the emerging field of urban science
  • Chicago Speaks local speaker series, drawing from our city’s pool of urban scientists, practitioners, and civic leaders, creating knowledge about our city in the context of global urbanization
  • Urban Designer in Residence, a yearlong fellowship for architects and designers to be in residence on campus, taking a full slate of courses, and teaching undergraduate and graduate studios and educating our student and faculty community on the design professions