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

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 |

American Journal of Public Health Paper uses BARI Data

A new paper published in the December issue of American Journal of Public Health used the Boston Area Research Initiative’s bicycle collision data for a study on bicycle safety and the risk of being injured in an accident. The authors, led by Dr. Felipe Pedroso, found that there has been a 14 percent decrease in…
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Published On: December 6, 2016 |

Upcoming Events

  • 11/30/2016 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

    Exploring the Promise of an Urban Earth Science

    Join the Boston Area Research Initiative and the Boston University Initiative on Cities for a panel discussion featuring a group of BU faculty members and researchers working in the growing sub field of urban earth science. This panel will examine empirical examples of the work being done and the broader potential such research has for…
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