UChicago Urban research and education originates with our faculty and students.
A leader in urban scholarship since our inception, UChicago is an intellectual destination for the world’s leading faculty and most promising students of urban topics.
Our scholars work together and across disciplines to generate the knowledge and leadership needed to understand the challenges and opportunities of urban life—often drawing on fields we helped establish like sociology and social work. They continually break new intellectual ground, asking big questions, testing hypotheses, and forging unexpected collaborations.
UChicago Urban takes a rigorous approach to understanding the dynamics of cities and urban life and advancing urban scholarship. Examples include:
- Scholars pursue collaborative research in interdisciplinary centers like the Urban Center for Computation and Data (Urban CCD), an initiative of the joint UChicago–Argonne National Laboratory Computation Institute that analyzes the unprecedented amount of data collected by city governments and local groups. Urban CCD integrates this data and urban sensor networks to build complex computer models that anticipate the impact of policy decisions, investments, urban development, and other interventions on a city and its residents.
- Centers for area studies deepen our cultural and historical understanding of cities around the world and the current challenges they face. Centers like the Committee on Southern Asian Studies, Center for Latin American Studies, and Center for East Asian Studies forge international collaborations, organize international exchanges, cultural events, and visits by leading scholars and diplomats.
- UChicago programs of study educate the next generation of leaders to address urban questions. The undergraduate minor in architectural studies combines course work in Art History and in urban topics offered in any department. Public Policy Studies in the College teaches students research methods while they work with clients in community-based organizations and government agencies. Local student programs like Chicago Studies engages the intellectual, creative, and civic energies of UChicago undergraduate students in the life of the diverse communities that make up our city. A new Urban Studies Summer Session program, administered through the Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies, will draw visiting undergraduates from colleges around the United States and the world to study urban issues with UChicago faculty.