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

Mayor Walsh Speaks at Conference on Understanding and Improving Cities. More than 200 scholars, public officials, practitioners, students, and civic leaders came together on Friday December 12th for a conference on "Understanding and Improving Cities: Policy/Research Partnerships in the Digital Age." Cosponsored by BARI, the event brought together ci... MORE

Next City Highlights BARI Research on Private Conflicts and Public Safety. Next City, a non-profit organization that seeks to "inspire social, economic and environmental change in cities" highlighted BARI research in its "Science of Cities" blog. In a November 2014 article titled, "Do Private Conflicts Matter More to Public Safety Than W... 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