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 housed at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Funding for BARI’s activities is provided by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and the Academic Ventures program at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Key institutional collaborators are the City of Boston and the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston.

BARI Releases Data on Bicycle Accidents in Boston. Which Boston neighborhoods have the most bicycle accidents? Which streets are "hotspots" for collisions with cars? How many collisions resulted in injuries and hospital treatment? Are the bicyclists in such collisions more likely to be male or female? Young or old? Wearing a helm... MORE

BARI Cosponsors Conference on Gateway Cities. In April, BARI cosponsored a half-day conference on "Opening the Gates of Opportunity: Realizing the Potential of Gateway Cities." Held at Harvard's Graduate School of Design, the half-day event brought together community leaders, public officials, policymakers, faculty and stude... MORE

MacArthur Foundation and NSF Support BARIís Activities. In fall 2013, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation provided funding that will support BARI’s core activities for two years. The Foundation has identified BARI – along with initiatives in Chicago and New York City –as particularly notable U.S. examples of cutt... MORE