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Jie Wu, Director of Research Management

Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research is a “think and do” tank that advances understanding of the challenges facing Houston and other urban centers through research, policy analysis, and public outreach. By collaborating with civic and political leaders, the Kinder Institute aims to implement promising solutions to these critical urban issues. Created in 2010, the Kinder Institute was endowed with a $15 million gift from Houston philanthropists Richard and Nancy Kinder.

Recently Houston Endowment has awarded $7 million to the Kinder Institute to expand its research capacity and ability to help solve urban issues and to provide a cluster of data and research services to the Houston communities under the Houston Community Data Connections (HCDC) initiative. A steering committee was formed to guide HCDC's priority points and to help build stronger partnership with community organizations in the region. 

Amanda Macune
Amanda Macune
Outreach Coordinator
Jie Wu
Jie Wu
Director of Research Management
Mingming Zhang
Research Analyst


February 10, 2017
Given the threat that government datasets may be removed from the open web, Rice University’s Fondren library, with involvement from the Kinder Institute's  and other Rice faculty,  is joining an... [read more]
February 16, 2017
On Feb. 16, Rice University’s Kinder Institute launched the Urban Data Platform (UDP), an innovative data library stored in a modern and secure computing system. The UDP will house hundreds of... [read more]


January 18, 2017
Job Description - By: Kinder Institute for Urban Research

Kinder Institute for Urban Research

December 15, 2016
Announcement - By: Urban Institute

Kinder Institute for Urban Research, Sol Price Center for Social Innovation

June 1, 2016
Report - By: Dr. Heather A O'Connell

Kinder Institute for Urban Research

The Shifting City: Houston's Unequal History of Racial Change
May 25, 2016
Blog post - By: Leah Binkovitz

Kinder Institute for Urban Research

Third Ward Looks to Shift the Gentrification Conversation