Center for Interacting Urban Networks

The United Nations estimates over 60 percent of the population will live in urban areas by 2030. This rapid rate of urbanization is putting additional strain on urban systems and posing new challenges across a multitude of sectors. Fully aligned with the Abu Dhabi 2030 vision, interdisciplinary research has been established at NYU Abu Dhabi to address these challenges.

The Center for Interacting Urban Networks promotes excellence in research that leads to real improvements in terms of economic opportunity and growth, safety and security, health and wellness, and the overall quality and sustainability of everyday life in urban areas. It is fundamental research that can ultimately be translated into pragmatic ideas for increasing the livability of our cities, with a special emphasis in Abu Dhabi and the UAE.

The vision of the Center includes an ambitious Urban Development Plan focusing on six key directions:

  • Sustainability
  • Unique Environment
  • Evolving
  • Culture, Identity, and Opportunity
  • Connectivity
  • Excellence and Livability

Researcher Spotlight

Urban Family Planning

Professor Monica Menendez' journey balancing cutting-edge research and motherhood.


Monica Menendez
Associate Professor of Civil and Urban Engineering
Azza Abouzied
Assistant Professor of Computer Science

Saif Jabrari
Assistant Professor of Civil and Urban Engineering
Kinga Makovi
Assistant Professor of Social Research and Public Policy