Our Work

For more than 50 years, the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute has studied the growth and challenges in our 14-county region. We've created plans and visions, conducted surveys and worked with community partners on issues ranging from homelessness to preserving our environmental resources.

Today, our work is focused on using integrated data, mixed-methods studies, data visualization, mapping and more to understand our fast-changing region. We collaborate with organizations in the community and faculty across UNC Charlotte.

And we work to help people in the community understand our findings through a program of community engagements, live events and participation in panels, media appearances and our newsletter

Our work includes grant-funded research projects such as the Carolinas Urban-Rural Connection and the Gambrell Faculty Fellows, mapping community indicators on the interactive Quality of Life Explorer, engaging the community through our City Walks program, collecting and using data from dozens of partners in the Institute for Social Capital and much more. Read more about what we do below.