Constantine Kontokosta

  • Associate Professor of Urban Science and Planning, Marron Institute

  • Director, Urban Intelligence Lab

  • Director, Civic Analytics

  • Associated Faculty, Department of Civil and Urban Engineering and CUSP


Constantine E. Kontokosta, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Urban Science and Planning and Director of the Civic Analytics program at the NYU Marron Institute of Urban Management. He also directs the Urban Intelligence Lab and holds cross-appointments at the Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP) and the Department of Civil and Urban Engineering (CUE). He is affiliated faculty at the Wagner School of Public Service and was Visiting Professor of Computer Science at the University of Warwick (UK) and a Senior Scholar at the New York Academy of Medicine. Previously, he served as the inaugural Deputy Director of CUSP and Assistant Professor of Urban Informatics at CUSP and CUE, where he was part of the Center’s founding leadership team and designed, launched, and directed one of the first graduate programs in urban informatics.

Trained in urban planning and computational methods (Columbia), real estate finance and economics (NYU), and systems science and engineering (UPenn), Constantine brings an inter-disciplinary perspective to urban science that connects fundamental research with impact-driven, use-inspired needs. His work leverages large-scale data with computational methods to understand and drive change in urban energy and climate policy, neighborhood dynamics and the impacts of urban development, and bias and fairness in public sector decision-making. Recent projects include research to measure bias in resident complaint reporting for predictive analytics; to understand disparities in the impact of COVID-19 on vulnerable communities using mobility data; and to develop data-driven methods to reduce carbon emissions from the built environment. Constantine’s research groups — the Civic Analytics program and the Urban Intelligence Lab — are motivated by the need to bring evidence to policy-making, to democratize knowledge through information transparency, and to uncover discrimination and bias in data-driven decision-making.

Constantine’s research is funded by the National Science Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, Sloan Foundation, the U.S. Department of Transportation, the NYC Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, among others, and he has received several honors for his work, including the IBM Faculty Award, the UN Data for Climate Action Challenge Award, the Goddard Junior Faculty Fellowship, the Real Green Research Challenge Award, the Charles Abrams Award for Social Justice Research, the C. Lowell Harriss Dissertation Award, the HUD Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, and a NYU Award for Teaching Excellence. Constantine has published in leading peer-reviewed journals, including the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Nature Communications, and Nature Energy, among others. His publications have earned best paper awards from the Journal of the American Planning Association and the Bloomberg Data for Good symposium. His research has been featured in the New York Times, Scientific American, the Wall Street Journal, the Economist, FastCompany, CityLab, Wired, CNN, NPR, and other media outlets. He holds a PhD, M.Phil, and M.S. from Columbia University, a M.S. from New York University, and a B.S.E. from the University of Pennsylvania.

He has served on several city and federal advisory committees and boards, including the UNEP Sustainable Buildings and Climate Council, the Americas Board of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, and was Vice Chair and Commissioner of the Suffolk County (NY) Planning Commission, where he led initiatives for affordable housing and green building. In addition to his academic work, Constantine is an accomplished entrepreneur.

Research Interests
Urban Science and Informatics

Columbia University
PhD, Urban Planning (Minor: Econometrics)

Columbia University
MPhil, Urban Planning

Columbia University
MS, Urban Planning; Quantitative Analytics

New York University
MS, Real Estate Finance and Economics

University of Pennsylvania
BSE, Systems Engineering - Civil


2017 Goddard Junior Faculty Fellowship

2017 Microsoft Azure Research Award

2016 Google IoT Research Award

2016 Faculty Engineer-in-Residence, NYU Incuabtors

2015  Best Paper Award, Bloomberg Data for Good Exchange

2014  IBM Faculty Award
2012  Elected to Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
2012  Teaching Excellence Award, New York University (SPS)
2010  Outstanding Service Award, New York University (SPS)
2010, 2012 Climate, Buildings, and Behavior Scholarship, Garrison Institute
2009-2014 Fulbright Senior Specialist, J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board/CEIS
2009-2010 C. Lowell Harriss Dissertation Fellowship, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy
2009-2010 Dissertation Research Award, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Columbia University
2008-2010 Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant, US Department of Housing and Urban Development
2005-2010 University Fellowship (5-year award), Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Columbia University
2007 Graduate Student Scholarship, American Society of Civil Engineers / Engineers without Borders USA
2006  New Scholar Workshop, Journal of Planning Education and Research
2005 Charles Abrams Award for Best Thesis, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, Columbia University
2001-2003 Dean’s Fellowship (multi-year, merit-based award), New York University


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