Welcome to the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute

We are a nonpartisan, applied research and community outreach institute at UNC Charlotte, seeking solutions to the social, economic and environmental challenges facing our communities.
A 2007 protest against Duke Energy plans to build a coal-burning power plant. Photo: Nancy Pierce

How do you engage with community? Institute researches civic behavior

How do you influence the community around you? Do you vote, volunteer, go to meetings or march in protests? The institute is partnering with Google, Johnson C. Smith University and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to research how local residents engage with each other, including online.

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Charlotte Regional Indicators


If you value the work of the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute as we analyze trends in the Charlotte region and the Carolinas, consider a tax-deductible gift to help sustain our operations. We appreciate your support.

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