The Boston Area Research Initiative (BARI) is an interuniversity partnership that pursues original urban research on the cutting edge of scholarship and public policy, with an emphasis on opportunities created by novel digital data.

BARI focuses on three major areas of activity:

Pursuing core research-policy partnerships and projects that use modern data to probe major themes and challenges facing greater Boston

Developing the Boston Data Portal to make emergent data sources accessible for research, policy, and practice

Convening and supporting Boston's civic data ecosystem through seed grants, events, and an online network.

Latest News

Urban Sustainability in the 21st Century

“Inequalities in the physical health and social fabric of cities constitute a threat to urban sustainability and call into question the ability of cities to collectively respond to environmental challenges” writes BARI Co-Director Robert J. Sampson, in a newly published paper in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (PNAS). In the paper, titled “Urban…
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Published On: January 11, 2017 |

BARI is Hiring Postdoc Research Associates

Boston Area Research Initiative is excited to announce that we are hiring two Postdoctoral Research Associates to join our team in Fall 2017. The postdocs will contribute to ongoing efforts to translate modern digital data (i.e., administrative records, social media posts, sensor readings) into products that advance both urban scholarship and public policy. The role…
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Published On: December 7, 2016 |