Author: Amelia Murray-Cooper

Researching Best Practices to Enhance Equitable Public Participation in Alignment with Framingham’s Racial Equity Vision

By Amelia Murray-Cooper Increasing community and civic engagement are key goals outlined in the City of Framingham’s Racial Equity Vision. During fall 2021, Associate Professor Katherine Levine Einstein led a course on Inequality and American Politics in the College of Arts and Sciences, in which students researched methods of enhancing equitable public participation in Framingham. […]

Proposing Solutions to Homelessness in Downtown Framingham

By Amelia Murray-Cooper Boston University students supported the City of Framingham in determining how to best assist individuals who are chronically homeless in the City’s downtown area. During the fall 2021 semester, Lecturer Kaytlin Eldred taught an undergraduate course on Cultural Humility, Racial Justice, and Health in the Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. […]

Understanding Curb Usage in Boston’s West Broadway Corridor Through Observational Research

By Amelia Murray-Cooper Through the MetroBridge Program, graduate students at Boston University researched curb space use in the West Broadway corridor in South Boston to better understand unmet demand. In fall 2021, Yesim Sungu-Eryilmaz, Assistant Professor and Interim Director of City Planning and Urban Affairs, taught a course on Urban Research Methods in the Metropolitan […]

#BUandBoston: Supporting Local Agencies Through Student Research

This post is part of our #BUandBoston series, highlighting the work and research of BU students, faculty, and staff throughout the City of Boston. Interested in having your Boston-related work featured? Tag us on Instagram or Twitter (@BUonCities) using the #BUandBoston or send us an email at By Amelia Murray-Cooper Students can assist agencies in the City of Boston […]

MetroLab Network Civic Research Innovation Prize

New opportunity for BU students! The MetroLab Network—an international collaborative of 28 cities, 6 counties, and 36 universities (including Boston University)—just launched the inaugural MetroLab Network Civic Research Innovation Prize. MetroLab invites undergraduate and graduate students from MetroLab Network member universities to pitch innovative civic research project ideas in partnership with a community partner. Community […]

Megan Smith, IOC Seed Grant Recipient, Published in Housing Policy Debate; Receives BARI Research Funding

Congratulations to Megan Smith, a doctoral candidate in the Boston University School of Social Work (SSW), for her recent publication in Housing Policy Debate and for receiving a 2021–2022 Research Seed Grant from the Boston Area Research Initiative! “Locked Out: The Systematic Exclusion of Poor Renters From Federally Subsidized Housing,” was funded by the Initiative […]

Student Fellows on an Unforgettable Summer Working at Boston City Hall

BU Today: Six BU Students on an Unforgettable Summer Working at Boston City Hall 2021 City Scholars and Initiative on Cities Summer Fellows talk about an experience that influenced and shaped their career goals Three of this year’s interns were BU City Scholars Summer Fellows, a program funded by the University’s Government & Community Affairs office open to any […]