About the Kinder Institute

The Kinder Institute for Urban Research builds better cities and improves lives through data, research, engagement and action.

The Kinder Institute for Urban Research is an interdisciplinary research organization at Rice University in Houston. The institute works in direct partnership with agencies and organizations that can use its research, data and policy analysis in meaningful ways to implement solutions to critical challenges facing the nation’s fifth-largest metro. Its research agenda is jointly developed with these partners.

The Kinder Institute has five research centers. The Houston Education Research Consortium and the Houston Population Research Center focus on education issues and population dynamics. Forthcoming centers will focus on housing, community health and economic mobility.

Founded in 2010, the Kinder Institute was endowed with a $15 million gift from Houston philanthropists Richard and Nancy Kinder. Today, the institute receives its funding from grants, corporate sponsorships, individual donors and an endowment.

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Houston, TX 77005-1892



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Houston, TX 77005-1892

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