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The mission of the Kinder Institute is to:

  •  Advance understanding of the most important issues facing Houston and other leading urban centers through rigorous research, policy analysis, and public outreach; and
  •  Collaborate with civic and political leaders to implement promising solutions to these critical urban issues.

About the Kinder Institute

The Kinder Institute for Urban Research is a multi-disciplinary “think-and-do tank” housed on the Rice University campus in central Houston, focusing on urban issues in Houston, the American Sunbelt, and around the world. Created in 2010, the Institute was endowed with a $15 million gift from Houston philanthropists Richard and Nancy Kinder. 

Originally housed in the Department of Sociology, the Kinder Institute is now an independent campus-wide institute working with a wide variety of partners on the Rice campus, including the School of Architecture, the School of Social Sciences, the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, the Shell Center for Sustainability, the SSPEED Center, and the Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology. The Kinder Institute is also developing partnerships with a wide variety of other universities and think tanks, including the the Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program, the Urban Institute, the University of Texas School of Public Health, and the National Resource Network.

Click here to read our 2016 annual report.