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 and URBAN.Boston Ask the Question, “How Can Researchers Engage Communities for Social Change?”

Last Wednesday, BARI, in conjunction with URBAN.Boston, hosted an event at Codman Square Health Center asking the question, “How can urban researchers engage communities for social change?” The evening was structured to foster conversation between researchers and community members and organizations. The night began with brief presentations by five graduate students from local universities who…
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Published On: February 13, 2017 |

Northeastern Named Department of Transportation “Beyond Traffic Innovation Center”

Northeastern University was recently named a Beyond Traffic Innovation Center by the Department of Transportation to help address our nation’s transportation challenges. The effort is a response to a recent DoT report, “Beyond Traffic 2045,” that found our transportation system and current planning mechanisms insufficient to respond to factors like population growth, new technology, and…
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Published On: February 8, 2017 |