Gambrell Faculty Fellows: Opportunity in Action

With continued support from The Gambrell Foundation, the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute names its fifth cohort of Gambrell Faculty Fellows to research issues related to economic mobility in the Charlotte region. 

This year, the Gambrell Faculty Fellowship program funds five projects with grants up to $18,000 each. The fellows join a growing group of researchers contributing to our community’s ongoing search for solutions that could foster greater equity.

“With a fellowship of 44 strong, we are excited to once again support our faculty and examine economic mobility in our community, providing actionable information for our community and region,” said Dr. Lori Thomas, Executive Director of the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute and the Charlotte Regional Data Trust. “We are grateful to The Gambrell Foundation for funding community engaged research.” 

The Gambrell Faculty Fellowship program grew out of the Charlotte Opportunity Insights Partnership, also funded by The Gambrell Foundation. One key objective of the Partnership is to incorporate, facilitate, and build local research capacity to address issues related to economic mobility in Charlotte. The Gambrell Faculty Fellowship Program was developed in 2018 to contribute to this objective by facilitating research on economic mobility and ensuring that our community can access that work. The Gambrell Foundation awarded subsequent grants to the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute in 2019 and 2023 to extend and continue to build the fellowship program.

The Gambrell Faculty Fellows Program names its fifth cohort of researchers
Previous Gambrell Faculty Fellows cohorts 

Recently published research from Gambrell Faculty Fellows 

Watch several faculty fellows discuss their work during the institute's virtual Schul Conversations on economic mobility


October 2022 - Transit and Transportation


September 2022 - Gentrification and Displacement


October 2021: Workforce Development


October 2021: The Racial Wealth Gap


August 2021: Health disparities and economic mobility