Boston Area Research Initiative (BARI)

Our Academic Ventures program leads the Boston Area Research Initiative (BARI), which is an initiative sponsored by the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study in collaboration with the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston and the City of Boston.

BARI is dedicated to strengthening existing collaborations between the city and local colleges and univerisities to cross academic disciplines and administrative boundaries and develop new ways to connect

  • scholars;
  • policymakers;
  • practitioners; and
  • civic leaders. 

We sponsored a one-day conference,"Reimagining the City-University Connection," to launch the initiative and examine ways cities and universities can work together to improve the quality of research for scholars and the quality of life for citizens.

BARI is led by Harvard University faculty and program directors and faculty from Boston-area universities.  

You can join the Boston Area Research Initiative through the BARI website and

Join the network and learn more about our support for original urban research on the cutting edge of social science and public policy at