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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
Luis Guajardo
Urban Policy Research Manager
Katie Wang
Program Manager
Jie Wu
Jie Wu
Director of Research Management
Mingming Zhang
Research Analyst


May 11, 2021
The Kinder Institute held its 2021 annual luncheon on Tuesday, May 11 as a virtual Lunch-Out. Guests from Houston and around the world gathered online to hear Stephen Klineberg and other institute... [read more]
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]


September 22, 2021
Report - By: Katharine Bao, Mauricio Molina, Camila Kennedy, Daniel Potter

Kinder Institute for Urban Research

June 22, 2021
Report - By: Stephen Averill Sherman, John Park, Luis Guajardo, Kyle Shelton, Jenna Lessans, Ksenia Mokrushina, William Fulton

Kinder Institute for Urban Research

The 2021 State of Housing in Harris County and Houston
May 11, 2021
Report - By: Stephen L. Klineberg, Robert Bozick

Kinder Institute for Urban Research

Kinder Houston Area Survey: 2021 Results
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

Partner Webinars

December 31, 1969

During Idea Showcases, partners highlight or talk about the great work their organization is doing. This time, we decided to have a theme to feature partners' efforts to support affordable housing... [read more]

Presenters Bob Gradeck, John Killeen, Luis Guajardo
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