Kinder Institute for Urban Research

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Rice University

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. 

Sarah Diez
Research Analyst
Katie Wang
Program Manager
Jie Wu
Jie Wu
Director of Research Management
Mingming Zhang
Research Analyst


January 2, 2020
The National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership (NNIP) is pleased to announce two stellar additions to the network's elected Executive Committee - John Killeen, Executive Director of... [read more]
December 2019
Local businesses, investors, public agencies, and community and economic development groups are all thinking about ways to harness the federal Opportunity Zones designations to benefit their... [read more]
January 28, 2019
Rice University is hosting a half-day symposium on data privacy on January 28, 2019, which coincides with Data Privacy Day in the United States. ... [read more]


March 9, 2020
Report - By: Camille H. Anoll

Urban Institute, Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, Institute for Urban Policy Research, Kinder Institute for Urban Research, Center for Economic Information, DataHaven, Urban Health Collaborative, University Center for Social and Urban Research

Read the Brief
November 25, 2019
Digital Feature - By: Houston Community Data Connections team

Kinder Institute for Urban Research

November 21, 2019
Report - By: Carlos Villegas , Chris Servidio, Allison Yelvington

Kinder Institute for Urban Research

The Maker Economy: The Growing Demand of Small Urban Manufacturers in Houston
October 10, 2019
Report - By: John Park , Kyle Shelton

Kinder Institute for Urban Research

Housing Choice Voucher Mobility in Houston

Partner Webinars

December 31, 1969

Dian Nostikasari, a senior research fellow at the Kinder Institute, discussed two reports titled “Planning from Inside Out: Using Community Responses to... [read more]

Presenters Dian Nostikasari, Katie Wang
December 31, 1969

Wendie Choudary, a research fellow at the Kinder Institute, discussed a recent report titled "Neighborhood Gentrification Across Harris County: 1990-2016."... [read more]

Presenters Wendie Choudary, Katie Wang