In 2020, the Kinder Institute for Urban Research celebrated its 10th anniversary. Founding Director Stephen Klineberg released his long-awaited book, "Prophetic City: Houston on the Cusp of a Changing America," based on nearly four decades of Kinder Houston Area Survey research. 

COVID-19 and a renewed concern over racial injustice would dominate the year, and the institute pivoted its research and events in accordance.

Working with Harvey Home Connect, the Houston Education Research Consortium implemented a large Community Impact Survey to assess how Houstonians were being affected by COVID-19. HERC also began working with its school district partners to assess what students and their parents needed during the pandemic. The Texas Flood Registry, a Rice survey that grew out of Hurricane Harvey, was moved to the Kinder Institute and expanded to include survey participants experiencing both economic and health impacts from COVID-19.

Kinder Institute Director Bill Fulton was appointed to the Mayor’s Task Force on Police Reform and the institute provided research — and later, a report — to support the effort.

Public events transitioned online as well. Fall events featured economist Rucker Johnson, who talked about the experience of school integration in the U.S., and transportation equity advocate Tamika Butler. The annual luncheon became a "Lunch-Out," drawing 3,000 people online.

The 2020 Annual Report is generously underwritten by CenterPoint Energy.