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.

Environmental Frontiers

Environmental Frontiers brings together University of Chicago faculty, students, and staff to collaborate on finding innovative ways to build a more sustainable future on campus and beyond.


Giving Tuesday at UChicago

Giving Tuesday is here! Learn how the Mansueto Institute and the Center for Spatial Data Science are moving the needle on increasing access to spatial data science for women and diverse groups at UChicago. The campaign is open throughout the month of December.

Apply to the 2021-2022 Mansueto Institute Postdoctoral Fellows Program

The Mansueto Institute invites applications for Institute Postdoctoral Fellows for appointments starting on or after September 1, 2021. We are particularly interested in individuals committed to building a deep scientific understanding of cities and processes of urbanization. Learn more and apply by December 17th.

Urban Research Corps

The Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation invites UChicago graduate students with diverse academic backgrounds to participate in a new data science program called the Urban Research Corps. The URC is a research incubator that produces relevant insights about the fundamental processes driving urban change and develops tools to help build more sustainable, equitable, and connected cities. Learn more and apply.

Undergraduate researchers analyze campus sustainability in Environmental Frontiers

This summer, nine undergraduate students turned their environmental commitments into campus actions through the Environmental Frontiers Campus program. Students collaborated remotely with University of Chicago faculty and staff for 10 weeks researching energy and water use at the University. Read more on UChicago College’s website.

Urban Growth and the Emergent Statistics of Cities

Creating meaningful change in cities takes decades and starts from the bottom, according to new research by Luis Bettencourt in Science Advances. Find out how new mathematical models reveal the links between the structure of cities and the dynamic nature of growth and inequality in human societies.


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