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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


December 13, 2020
In August, Urban Harvest launched its mobile market to bring healthy and affordable food options to underserved areas with limited access to fresh fruits and vegetables. The nonprofit collaborated... [read more]
August 2020
In late August, the Kinder HCDC team partnered with the Mayor’s Office of... [read more]
May 2020
In response to global coronavirus concerns, the Kinder Institute offered its 2020 annual luncheon on Monday, May 18 as a virtual Lunch-Out. Guests from Houston and around the world gathered online... [read more]


February 10, 2021
Report - By: Henry G. Cisneros, William Fulton, J.H. Cullum Clark, David Hendricks, Victoria Davis, Claudia Vasquez, Lisa Martinez, Lucrecia Rodriguez

Kinder Institute for Urban Research

A Bottom-Up Infrastructure Strategy for American Renewal
September 29, 2020
Presentation - By: Stephen Sherman, Carlos Villegas, Luis Guajardo

Kinder Institute for Urban Research


Partner Webinars

September 29, 2020 - 2:00pm

Samantha Batko and Ajjit Narayanan from the Urban Institute presented on the ... [read more]

Presenters Samantha Batko, Urban Institute, Ajjit Narayanan, Urban Institute, Stephen Sherman, Kinder Institute for Urban Research, Luis Guajardo, Kinder Institute for Urban Research
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