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 help Houston and other cities.

November 14, 2016

Trump Victory Underscores the Important Role of Cities

Even with Donald Trump as president, the future of America belongs to the urban laboratories of democracy.
January 19, 2016

Cities Find Creative Ways to Make People More Money-Savvy

When Tameika Isaac Devine was elected to the city council in Columbia, South Carolina, the city already had a long history of programs designed to help residents’ afford homeownership through subsidized, low-interest loans.
December 22, 2015

The 8 Cities With New Mayors Taking Office in January

Can you guess them?
December 21, 2015

A New Way to Track Poverty in Real-Time

For all the resources and attention paid to combating poverty, the whole endeavor suffers from relatively limited data.
December 14, 2015

Amid Paris Climate Talks, One U.S. City Takes Especially Decisive Action

As United Nations officials worked towards a compromise on the fight against global climate change, cities and regions representing nearly one-fifth of the world’s population took the chance to announce their own accord.
December 11, 2015

Transit-Oriented Development Doesn’t Need Actual Transit

What if people who live near transit stations drive less and own fewer cars for reasons that have nothing to do with the transit stations?
December 7, 2015

10 Ways Cities Are Changing

What will the cities of tomorrow be like? Today's innovations offer clues.
November 24, 2015

Study: Better Housing Improves Mental Health

A new study indicates that moving people into better public housing might result in reduced depressive symptoms, economic disadvantage, perceived community violence, and social disorder.
November 18, 2015

Why Urban Design Should Matter to Mayors

An interview with Vicki Estrada, a California-based urban designer whose firm often works with local governments.
October 26, 2015

Most Cyclists Are Working-Class Immigrants, Not Hipsters

Urban planners are noticing a cultural gap between bike advocates and others who bike.