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. 

Katie Wang
Program Coordinator
Jie Wu
Jie Wu
Director of Research Management
Mingming Zhang
Research Analyst


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]
January 2019
As part of the Civic Switchboard project, NNIP Partners in Baltimore, Charlotte, and Houston were selected to collaborate with their public or university... [read more]
November 1, 2018
The Houston Community Data Connections (HCDC) compiles and organizes neighborhood level data from various sources to facilitate the use of data and inform... [read more]


May 13, 2019
Report - By: Stephen L. Klineberg

Kinder Institute for Urban Research

Kinder Houston Area Survey: 2019 Results
March 1, 2019
Report - By: Dian Nostikasari, Gelila Haile, Grant Patterson, Gabriel Malek , Isabela Walkin, Kyle Shelton

Kinder Institute for Urban Research

Safe Streets, Safe Communities: Walking and Biking Infrastructure in Gulfton

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