New Center for Urban Research Established at the University of Chicago

Mario L. Small, professor of sociology at the University of Chicago, has created a new research center at the university to study urban issues. The University of Chicago Urban Network will seek to “spur innovation in the study of urban processes and interdisciplinary discourse in urban research, theory, and policy.”

The network will hold an annual conference and will operate a Web site to “provide researchers, practitioners, journalists, and the general public access to the latest research and resources on urban social science.”

Professor Small has been at the University of Chicago since 2006. Previously, he taught at Princeton University. A 1996 graduate of Carleton College, Dr. Small holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in sociology from Harvard University. He is the author of Unanticipated Gains: Origins of Network Inequality in Everyday Life (Oxford University Press, 2009) and Villa Victoria: The Transformation of Social Capital in a Boston Barrio (University of Chicago Press, 2004).