From mapping key community indicators to hosting walks that help local residents explore pressing social issues, our programs focus on building regional understanding and connections.
The Charlotte region is one of the fastest-growing and most dynamic areas in the nation, with rural counties, bedroom communities and suburbs, as well as the largest city in North Carolina and rapidly changing areas in upstate South Carolina. The UNC Charlotte Urban Institute focuses on issues of growth, change and equity in this complex region.
Kailas Venkitasubramanian has been at UNC Charlotte in various roles for well over a decade. He completed his PhD in Urban Regional Analysis in 2015 and Masters in Transportation Engineering in 2008, both from UNC Charlotte. “I firmly believe in the power of data to meaningfully inform and democratize our communities, empower the marginalized and give voice to people's socio-political aspirations,” he says.Read more >
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The Urban Institute is a part of the Office of Urban Research and Community Engagement (formerly known as Metropolitan Studies), which is a unit of Academic Affairs. Our mission is to provide community-based research services to local, regional, and state-level clients. Off-campus partners include local governments, non-profit organizations, and community groups.
Center for Transportation Policy Studies (CTPS)
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Annual Survey
Institute for Social Capital, Inc.
Transportation Information Management System (TIMS)
Quality of Life Explorer
The Carolinas Urban-Rural Connection