Urban Science: Integrated Theory from the First Cities to Sustainable Metropolises

38 Pages Posted: 28 Jan 2020 Last revised: 5 Feb 2020

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José Lobo

Arizona State University (ASU)

Marina Alberti

University of Washington

Melissa Allen-Dumas

Government of the United States of America - Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Elsa Arcaute

University College London

Marc Barthelemy

Centre d’Analyse et de Mathématique Sociales (CAMS, CNRS-EHESS)

Luis A. Bojorquez Tapia

National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)

Shauna Brail

University of Toronto

Luis Bettencourt

University of Chicago - Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation

Anni Beukes

University of Chicago - Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation

Wei‐Qiang Chen

Yale University - School of Forestry and Environmental Studies

Richard Florida

Martin Prosperity Institute, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto; New York University (NYU)

Marta Gonzalez

University of California, Berkeley

Nancy Grimm

Arizona State University (ASU)

Marcus Hamilton

The University of Texas at San Antonio

Chris Kempes

Santa Fe Institute

Constantine E. Kontokosta

New York University - Center for Urban Science and Progress; New York University (NYU) - Marron Institute of Urban Management

Charlotta Mellander

Jonkoping University

Zachary P. Neal

University of Illinois at Chicago - Department of Sociology

Scott Ortman

Department of Archaeology, University of Colorado Boulder

Deirdre Pfeiffer

Arizona State University (ASU) - School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning

Michael Price

Santa Fe Institute

Aromar Revi

Indian Institute for Human Settlements

Céline Rozenblat

University of Lausanne - Institute for Geography and Sustainability

Diego Rybski

City College of New York

Matthew Siemiatycki

University of Toronto, School of Cities

Shade T. Shutters

Arizona State University, School of Complex Adaptive Systems

Michael E. Smith

Arizona State University (ASU) - School of Human Evolution and Social Change

Eleanor C. Stokes

Yale University - Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Science

Deborah Strumsky

University of North Carolina (UNC) at Charlotte

Geoffrey West

Santa Fe Institute

Devin White

Sandia National Laboratories

Jingle Wu

Arizona State University (ASU)

Vicky Chuqiao Yang

Santa Fe Institute

Abigail York

School of Human Evolution and Social Change, Arizona State University

Hyejin Youn

Northwestern University - Kellogg School of Management

Date Written: January 28, 2020

Abstract

Urban science seeks to understand the fundamental processes that drive, shape and sustain cities and urbanization. It is a multi/transdisciplinary approach involving concepts, methods and research from the social, natural, engineering and computational sciences, along with the humanities. This report is intended to convey the current “state of the art” in urban science while also clearly indicating how urban science builds upon and complements (but does not replace) prior work on cities and urbanization in many other disciplines. The report does not aim at a fully comprehensive synopsis of work done under the rubric of “urban science” but it does aim to convey what makes urban science different from discipline-based examinations of cities and urbanization. It also highlights novel insights generated by the inherently multidisciplinary inquiry that urban science exemplifies. The authors of the report are all based in academic or research institutions but several of them are close to practice by virtue of collaboration with NGOs and community groups and engagement with policy. The authors also represent different academic disciplines and varied traditions of scientific inquiry. The report is meant to facilitate, and hopefully also provoke, discussion among the many stakeholders for whom a scientifically based, empirically rich, and historically deep understanding of cities and urbanization is not only intellectually compelling but also socially urgent and ethically pressing. We believe that the innovative scholarship constituting urban science can importantly provide scientific leadership to support meeting the urgent challenges of global sustainable development.

Suggested Citation

Lobo, Jose and Alberti, Marina and Allen-Dumas, Melissa and Arcaute, Elsa and Barthelemy, Marc and Bojorquez Tapia, Luis A. and Brail, Shauna and Bettencourt, Luis and Beukes, Anni and Chen, Wei‐Qiang and Florida, Richard and Gonzalez, Marta and Grimm, Nancy and Hamilton, Marcus and Kempes, Chris and Kontokosta, Constantine E. and Mellander, Charlotta and Neal, Zachary P. and Ortman, Scott and Pfeiffer, Deirdre and Price, Michael and Revi, Aromar and Rozenblat, Céline and Rybski, Diego and Siemiatycki, Matthew and Shutters, Shade T. and Smith, Michael E. and Stokes, Eleanor C. and Strumsky, Deborah and West, Geoffrey and White, Devin and Wu, Jingle and Yang, Vicky Chuqiao and York, Abigail and Youn, Hyejin, Urban Science: Integrated Theory from the First Cities to Sustainable Metropolises (January 28, 2020). Report submitted to the NSF on the Present State and Future of Urban Science, 2020, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3526940 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3526940

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Marina Alberti

University of Washington ( email )

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Melissa Allen-Dumas

Government of the United States of America - Oak Ridge National Laboratory ( email )

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Elsa Arcaute

University College London ( email )

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Marc Barthelemy

Centre d’Analyse et de Mathématique Sociales (CAMS, CNRS-EHESS) ( email )

Luis A. Bojorquez Tapia

National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)

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Mexico

Shauna Brail

University of Toronto ( email )

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Canada

Luis Bettencourt

University of Chicago - Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation ( email )

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Chicago, IL 60637
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Anni Beukes

University of Chicago - Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation ( email )

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Wei‐Qiang Chen

Yale University - School of Forestry and Environmental Studies ( email )

New Haven, CT 06511
United States

Richard Florida

Martin Prosperity Institute, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto ( email )

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New York University (NYU)

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Marta Gonzalez

University of California, Berkeley ( email )

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Nancy Grimm

Arizona State University (ASU) ( email )

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Marcus Hamilton

The University of Texas at San Antonio ( email )

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Chris Kempes

Santa Fe Institute ( email )

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Santa Fe, NM 87501
United States

Constantine E. Kontokosta

New York University - Center for Urban Science and Progress ( email )

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New York University (NYU) - Marron Institute of Urban Management ( email )

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United States

Charlotta Mellander

Jonkoping University ( email )

Jönköping, 55111
Sweden

Zachary P. Neal

University of Illinois at Chicago - Department of Sociology ( email )

4112 Behavioral Sciences Building (BSB)
1007 W. Harrison St.
Chicago, IL 60607-7140
United States

Scott Ortman

Department of Archaeology, University of Colorado Boulder ( email )

Deirdre Pfeiffer

Arizona State University (ASU) - School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning ( email )

Tempe, AZ
United States

Michael Price

Santa Fe Institute ( email )

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Santa Fe, NM 87501
United States

Aromar Revi

Indian Institute for Human Settlements ( email )

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India
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Céline Rozenblat

University of Lausanne - Institute for Geography and Sustainability ( email )

Lausanne
Switzerland

Diego Rybski

City College of New York ( email )

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New York, NY 10031
United States

Matthew Siemiatycki

University of Toronto, School of Cities ( email )

Shade T. Shutters

Arizona State University, School of Complex Adaptive Systems ( email )

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Tempe, AZ 85287-2701
United States

Michael E. Smith

Arizona State University (ASU) - School of Human Evolution and Social Change ( email )

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United States
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Eleanor C. Stokes

Yale University - Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Science

New Haven, CT 06520
United States

Deborah Strumsky

University of North Carolina (UNC) at Charlotte ( email )

Geoffrey West

Santa Fe Institute ( email )

1399 Hyde Park Road
Santa Fe, NM 87501
United States

Devin White

Sandia National Laboratories ( email )

P.O. Box 969
Livermore, CA 94551
United States

Jingle Wu

Arizona State University (ASU) ( email )

Farmer Building 440G PO Box 872011
Tempe, AZ 85287
United States

Vicky Chuqiao Yang

Santa Fe Institute ( email )

1399 Hyde Park Road
Santa Fe, NM 87501
United States

Abigail York

School of Human Evolution and Social Change, Arizona State University ( email )

Hyejin Youn

Northwestern University - Kellogg School of Management ( email )

2001 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60208
United States

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