Luís Bettencourt

Professor of Complex Systems, Santa Fe Institute

Luís Bettencourt is a professor of complex systems at the Santa Fe Institute, focusing on cities and urbanization. The insights from this work have helped shape an emerging interdisciplinary science of cities and new approaches to urban planning and policy. Trained as a theoretical physicist, Bettencourt has held postdoctoral positions at the University of Heidelberg in Germany, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and at MIT’s Center for Theoretical Physics. His research has been featured in such venues as The New York Times, Science, Nature, NPR, The Atlantic, The Economist, Harvard Business Review, Scientific American, Wired, and New Scientist.

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A generation ago, New York and Tokyo were the world's only megacities. By 2025, the UN predicts there will be 37. All... See more