Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation

Luis Bettencourt, Pritzker Director, The Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation

Researchers at the Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation study the fundamental processes that drive, shape and sustain cities. They come from the social, natural, and computational sciences, along with the humanities. Together, they pursue innovative, interdisciplinary scholarship, develop new educational programs, and provide leadership and evidence to support global, sustainable urban development.


Urbanism Lab

Emily Talen, Director and Professor of Urbanism

The Urbanism Lab is devoted to the study of urbanism at the University of Chicago. It includes course materials, research projects, and resources relevant to the built environment. 


Robust Decision-making on Climate and Energy Policy (RDCEP)

Elisabeth Moyer, Faculty Director, Associate Professor, Department of the Geophysical Sciences

The Center for Robust Decision-making on Climate and Energy Policy (RDCEP) brings together experts in climate science, statistics, computer science, economics, energy, public policy, and law to undertake a series of research programs aimed at improving the computational models needed to understand future climate impacts, evaluate policies, and make robust decisions based on outcomes.


Knowledge Lab

James Evans, Director, Knowledge Lab, Professor, Sociology

Knowledge Lab seeks to leverage insights into the dynamics of knowledge creation and advances in large-scale computation to reimagine the scientific process of the future by identifying gaps in the global knowledge landscape, areas of rich potential for breakthroughs, and automating discovery through the generation of novel, potentially high impact hypotheses. 


Nicole Marwell, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, School of Social Service Administration

Nicole P. Marwell's research examines the complex and shifting sets of inter-organizational relations underlying urban processes such as public goods distribution, community formation, and democratic representation. Marwell uses qualitative, quantitative, and historical methods to explore how changes in this meso-level of social structure affect urban cohesion, inequality, and exclusion. Her research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Helmsley Foundation, and the Council of Family and Child Caring Agencies.