The UNC Charlotte Urban Institute: seeking solutions to the social, economic, and environmental challenges facing our communities for more than 50 years.
Who we are
The institute is a nonpartisan, applied research and community outreach center at UNC Charlotte. Founded in 1969, it provides services including technical assistance and training in operations and data management; public opinion surveys; and research and analysis around economic, environmental, and social issues affecting the Charlotte region.
The UNC Charlotte Urban Institute is a member of the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership, a collaboration among local partners and the Urban institute, a Washington-based national research organization, to further the development and use of neighborhood-level information systems in community-building and policymaking.
The UNC Charlotte Urban Institute is a member of the Consortium of University Public Service Organizations (CUPSO), which supports university-based public service institutes in their efforts to assist state and local governments on a range of contemporary issues and challenges.
CUPSO facilitates networking, information exchange, and collaboration among its member institutions. CUPSO members focus on: improving policy making by providing credible research and evaluation information; improving government management practices through research, training, and technical assistance; developing leadership skills among city, county, state, and regional government and nonprofit leaders; and providing students with opportunities to learn about and actively participate in addressing public policy challenges.