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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]


December 13, 2018
Report - By: Wendie Choudary, Jie Wu, Mingming Zhang

Kinder Institute for Urban Research

Neighborhood Gentrification across Harris County: 1990 to 2016
November 12, 2018
Report - By: John Park, Kyle Shelton

Kinder Institute for Urban Research

Identifying Latent Ridership
October 25, 2018
Report - By: Kyle Shelton, Carlos Villegas, William Fulton, Matthew Krause, TischlerBise Consultants

Kinder Institute for Urban Research

Governing a Growing Region: Addressing Challenges of Service Provision and Development in Houston
October 17, 2018
Presentation - By: Jie Wu

Kinder Institute for Urban Research

October 11, 2018
Report - By: Jie Wu, Yujie Hu, Mingming Zhang, Grant Patterson

Kinder Institute for Urban Research


Partner Webinars

December 31, 1969

In 2014, we began holding virtual idea showcases after partners expressed the desire for more NNIP conversations between in-person meetings. Thanks to Idea Showcases, partners have shared their... [read more]

Presenters Jennifer Newcomer, Shift Research Lab, Yujie Hu, The Kinder Institute, Mary Newsom, UNC Charlotte Urban Institute