Boston Area Research Initiative

BARI’s Mission

The Boston Area Research Initiative (BARI) seeks to spur original urban research on the cutting edge of social science and public policy. In conducting and interpreting this research, BARI seeks to forge mutually beneficial relationships among the region’s scholars, policymakers, practitioners and civic leaders.

BARI’s Strategy

  • Facilitate original, policy-relevant research that also addresses scholarly questions
  • Create two-way “data pipelines” and tools for analysis and mapping
  • Offer scholars and students opportunities to work collaboratively with public officials
  • Convene discussions that bring together researchers and practitioners

Members of the BARI Network Can:

  • Access unique data and research
  • Learn about fellowships and internships
  • Find scholars and practitioners
  • Learn about BARI-related events
  • Share their research and publicize events
BARI is an interuniversity research partnership supported by the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston, and the City of Boston.

Mapping Calls for Service

The timing and location of a year’s worth of service calls to city are shown in a new BARI video. > READ MORE

View Your Neighborhood Online

BostonMap, a free, online mapping tool, is now linked to BRA's online census viewer. > READ MORE

Become Part of the BARI Network

Interested researchers, policymakers, practitioners, and others are invited to become part of the BARI network.  > READ MORE

Summer and Yearlong Fellowships for Graduate Students. The Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics (MONUM) seeks applications from current and recent graduate students interested in summer and yearlong fellowships in the office of Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh. The fellowships were created to attract the next generation of leaders to career... MORE

NSF Funds BARI Project to Catalyze Urban Research. BARI has received a two-year grant from the National Science Foundation for a project on “Catalyzing a Cross-Disciplinary, Cross-University Urban Research Agenda in the Age of Digital Data.”  Provided through a peer-reviewed NSF Program on “Building Community and Cap... MORE