Featuring Luis M. Bettencourt, the Pritzker Director of the Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation

Cities are powerful drivers of human development and economic growth. As such, they create open-ended complexities that may be examined from a variety of perspectives. In this talk, Luis M. Bettencourt, director of the Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation at the University of Chicago, will develop the case for the interdisciplinary study of cities as a nexus for many classical fields in the sciences and the humanities, emphasizing new opportunities for the University to lead transformative research and practice that address global challenges of sustainability and livability in cities.

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Event Details

2:00 p.m. Registration and networking
2:30 p.m. Presentation and discussion
3:30 p.m. Reception

$10/Maroon Loyalty Society member or recent graduate (College alumni of the past 10 years and graduate alumni of the past five years)
Free for current academic year graduates and current students
Two complimentary registrations for members of the Chicago, Harper, Odyssey, and Phoenix philanthropic societies

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Parking Information

Parking is $12 for the first hour and $4 for each additional 30 minutes, plus tax.

Featured Faculty


Luis M. Bettencourt is the Pritzker Director of the Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation at the University of Chicago. He is also a professor of ecology and evolution at the University of Chicago and an external professor of complex systems at the Santa Fe Institute. Trained as a theoretical physicist, Bettencourt received his Licenciatura from Instituto Superior Técnico (Lisbon, Portugal) in 1992 and his PhD from Imperial College (University of London, UK) in 1996 for research in statistical and high energy physics models of the early universe. He has held postdoctoral positions at the University of Heidelberg, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and MIT. He works extensively on complex systems theory and on cities and urbanization, emphasizing the creation of a new interdisciplinary synthesis to describe cities in quantitative and predictive ways, informed by various disciplines and the growing availability of empirical data worldwide. He has edited several books and is the author of more than 100 scientific papers. His research has been featured in leading publications, such as the New York Times, Nature, Wired, New Scientist, and Smithsonian Magazine.