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

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

Mapping Demographic Change in Boston Neighborhoods Between 1880 and 1930. Data showing the dramatic demographic transformations in Boston’s neighborhoods between 1880 and 1930 is now available on the Boston Research Map, a joint initiative of the Boston Area Research Initiative (BARI) and Harvard’s Center for Geographic Analysis. Drawing on a new ... MORE

Bike Lanes and Bike Safety in Boston. A new analysis that combines BARI data on bicycle accidents with data from Runkeeper on individual bike rides and city data on the location of bicycle lanes found that "collision rates are lower in bike lanes."  Prepared by individuals from by individuals at Vermontster... MORE