About Us

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 institute is part of UNC Charlotte's Office of Urban Research and Community Engagement (formerly known as Metropolitan Studies), which is a unit of Academic Affairs.

Sycamore Hall
9310 Mary Alexander Road
Charlotte, NC 28223


Institute staff
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Fax: 704-687-5327




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.