How should we live in an urban century?

CIFAR's Global Call for Ideas invited applicants from all over the world to propose an important research question they want to address. We chose 12 finalists, and will announce the final selection in May. Find out more about this finalist.

This century will be the most urban one ever, as people around the globe continue to move from country to city. And although cities are one of humanity’s finest and most complex achievements, technological and social change is creating new problems for them. By studying how cities govern themselves, how they maintain order, and how they react to technological, economic and climate change, this program will increase our understanding of “city-ness,” and give us tools to solve problems now faced by most of the people on Earth.


  •   Patrick Le Galès is CNRS research professor at Sciences Po, CEE, and dean of sciences at the Po Urban School. He is a scientific advisor of the CIFAR program in Successful Societies.
  Michael Storper is an economic geographer who holds concurrent appointments at UCLA, the London School of Economics, and Sciences Po/Paris.

Find out more about the other short-listed Global Call proposals