Policies in Practice

Promoting Urban Policies in Practice

We apply policies in the real world, by working with practitioners, promoting applied learning, and examining mechanisms that enable the effective – and exceptional – delivery of basic city services.

Boston University Faculty Publications

Boston University is home to a diverse range of faculty experts covering urban issues from public health and youth engagement to historic preservation and economic development. We are proud to provide access to BU faculty publications focused on these challenges and more. Visit our Faculty Publications page for a full list.

Urban Seminar Series

We provide a forum for BU Faculty to share their urban research with peers, students and practitioners through our Urban Research Seminar Series. Past topics include Urban Economic Development, Megacities, Boston Public Schools, the Open CityUrban Food Culture, and the Allston Railyard. Sessions are hosted at our headquarters at 75 Bay State Road and promoted via our Events Calendar.

Reducing Disparities and Advancing Toward Racial Equity

Over the course of the Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 semesters, at the request of Boston University President Dr. Robert Brown, the BU Initiative on Cities is hosting a series of conversations to explore Boston University’s role in addressing racial disparities in the Boston region. Past events include Research on Tap, The Role of the BU Community, and Lessons from the City of Boston. Visit our series homepage for updates on our Spring schedule.

Partner Events

Successful cities are built on a diverse range of expertise, collaboration between public, private and community stakeholders, and a penchant for creative problem solving. We are proud to partner with organizations who bring unique perspectives to the table and, like the IOC, maintain a focus on advancing urban leadership. Click the above link for a look at some of the events we have co-hosted. If you are interested in a partnership opportunity with the IOC, please contact Conor LeBlanc at conorleb@bu.edu or by phone at 617-358-8086.