A series of papers published by the Social Science Research Council explore how core characteristics of big cities can be mobilized to make human life more just and democratic. The Cities Papers, many of which resulted from MacArthur-supported convenings of social scientists, humanists, architects, designers, and urban planners, explore the urban environment through multiple lenses and delve into a range of urban strategy challenges, including how big data can be leveraged to improve the urban condition.
Community & Economic Development
The Foundation supports prevention of youth violence and the use of information technology to enhance governance, the social sector, and quality of life. MacArthur is exploring new ways to understand the challenges faced by cities around the world, and how to plan, manage, and govern to address them.