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

BARI Cosponsors Series on Transforming Boston: From Basket Case to Innovation Hub. Politics, planning, and development in Boston from the end of World War II to the present will be the focus of a four-part series of events organized by the Massachusetts Historical Society and supported in part by BARI.  The series, which is free for members of the BARI Network, will... MORE

White House Event Launches New MetroLab Network that Includes BARI and the City of Boston. BARI and the City of Boston are founding members of the MetroLab Network, a new national alliance among 20 metro areas and more than 25 neighboring universities to research, develop and deploy innovative technologies to address critical challenges facing urban areas. The new network was an... MORE

Private Conflict, Public Disorder and Crime in Boston. Disorder and crime in neighborhoods “emerge not from public cues but from private disorder within the community,” according to an article by BARI Research Director Daniel O’Brien and BARI Director Robert J. Sampson that appears in the Journal of Research in... MORE