Completed Research

Faculty Research

In depth analysis of Cities and how they operate, including the IOC’s Menino Survey of Mayors, a ground-breaking look at the biggest challenges and opportunities facing America’s most dynamic political leaders.


Youth Lead the Change: Participatory Budgeting

Augsberger, Astraea; Collins, Mary; Gecker, Whitney; Lusk, Katharine; Meaghan Dougher (Initiative on Cities, Boston University, 2017)
In 2013, Boston became the first city to create a youth-led participatory budgeting process. Now in its third year, Boston’s Participatory Budgeting Project (PBB) engages over 2,000 Boston youth ages 12-25 to determine how to spend one million dollars of the city’s capital budget… view more

2016 Menino Survey of Mayors

Einstein, Katherine Levine; Glick, David; LeBlanc, Conor (Initiative on Cities, Boston University, 2017)
Based on interviews with 102 sitting mayors, the third iteration of the Menino Survey provides insight into mayoral priorities, policy views and relationships with key mayoral partners, including other levels of government. This year’s research was largely focused on Mayors’ “people priorities” on subjects like poverty, immigration, inclusion, and city image… view more

Engaging Youth in Local Government: Lessons from the Boston Region

Augsberger, Astraea; Collins, Mary; Gecker, Whitney; Lusk, Katharine; Tena, Francesco; Davis, Shari (Initiative on Cities, Boston University, 2016)
There is widespread consensus that young people have a right to be directly involved in decisions that affect them, and an understanding that adults are the ones who must create formal pathways of engagement… view more

2015 Menino Survey of Mayors

Einstein, Katherine Levine; Glick, David (Initiative on Cities, Boston University, 2015)
The 2015 Menino Survey of Mayors represents the second nationally representative survey of American mayors released by the Boston University Initiatives on Cities. The Survey, based on interviews with 89 sitting mayors conducted in 2015, provides insight into mayoral priorities, policy views and relationships with their key partners… view more

2014 Menino Survey of Mayors

Einstein, Katherine Levine; Glick, David; Lusk, Katharine (Initiative on Cities, Boston University, 2014)
In the National Survey of Mayors, a project spearheaded by the Initiative on Cities, Assistant Professor Katherine Levine Einstein, Assistant Professor David Glick, and IOC Executive Director Katharine Lusk spoke with over 70 US Mayors about urban leadership and the challenges and opportunities facing American cities… view more

The One Fund Boston: Lessons for Leaders

Yesnowitz, Joshua Corie (Initiative on Cities, Boston University, 2014)
Established in the immediate aftermath of the April 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, the One Fund Boston disbursed $61 million dollars in donations to survivors and victims’ families within two months of its launch. The scale … view more