Luis M. Bettencourt - Pritzker Director of the Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation and a Professor of Ecology and Evolution
Luis M. Bettencourt is presenting on Wednesday 6th May at 9.00 – 11.15. See program for details.
Luis M. Bettencourt is currently the Pritzker Director of the Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation at the University of Chicago and a Professor of Ecology and Evolution and the College. The Institute is dedicated to advancing urban scholarship and science at the intersection of classical urban theory and new data opportunities playing out globally.
In his own group, Bettencourt conducts interdisciplinary research on complex adaptive systems and leads several research efforts in the areas of the science of cities. These areas deal with the identification of cities’ systemic processes and properties as well as their local histories and contexts in identifying paths for a better quality of life for all, economic growth, and sustainable development. Towards this end, he works with international networks of researchers, local governments and NGOs in developed and developing cities to empirically understand and systematize urban knowledge and to create scientifically based solutions to many urban issues.
Bettencourt has published over 100 research papers in the urban sciences, epidemiology, computational neuroscience, information theory, theoretical and statistical physics and science of science and technology. His work is well known academically in the area of complex systems, especially of urbanism and innovation. It has been influential in developing new theory and new empirical perspectives on cities and urbanization worldwide and throughout history. His research is extensively covered in the media, including pieces in the New York Times, Boston Globe, Scientific American, Smithsonian, the New Scientist, Wired, Fortune and other leading publications in over a dozen countries.