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IOC Director Loretta Lees featured on Urbanistica Podcast

IOC Director Loretta Lees was recently featured on Urbanistica Podcast Episode 417: Women Reclaiming the City book. On this episode, Director Lees joined fellow scholars who contributed to Women Reclaiming the City: International Research on Urbanism, Architecture, and Planning to discuss their work in the field of urban studies as female scholars. Listen to the […]

IOC Affiliates to serve on Massachusetts’ Climate Science Advisory Panel

On January 12, 2024, the Healey-Driscoll Administration launched a Climate Science Advisory Panel through the new Massachusetts Office of Climate Science (OCS). These panelists are experts in their field and are invaluable knowledge brokers in Massachusetts who “will advise OCS on the latest advances and applications in climate science.” Three Initiative on Cities (IOC) affiliates […]

IOC and Alum Work Highlighted in Arts x Sciences Magazine

The Arts x Sciences Magazine recently highlighted the Initiative on Cities and multiple affiliates and alumni. In a series of articles, the magazine describes urban policy work and research conducted by members of the BU community. The IOC is fortunate to have catalyzed activities throughout Boston, furthering our mission of city engagement. Building Better Cities […]

New Publication: “Housing Movements and Care: Rethinking the Political Imaginaries of Housing”

The IOC’s Postdoctoral Research Associate Kenton Card recently authored a publication in Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography alongside UC Berkeley Associate Professor Desiree Fields and Western Sydney University Associate Professor Emma R. Power. Their work focuses on housing movements and housing as a form of care. Read the full abstract here: “Care is a […]

New Publication: “Water sources for street trees in mesic urban environments”

2021 Early Stage Urban Research award recipient Ian Smith recently published in Science of The Total Environment with Co-PIs Pamela Templer and Lucy Hutyra. Smith, Templer, and Hutyra examine urban trees’ water sources, factoring in moderate moisture environments and their impact on urban communities. Their research finds that trees contribute to cities’ overall climate resiliency […]

New Publication: “What Constitutes Engaged Dialogue in Urban Research? Thoughts From a Long Time ‘Outside-Insider'”

Initiative on Cities Director Loretta Lees recently published a plenary in Dialogues in Urban Research focusing on inclusionary dialogue in urban studies and what needs to change. Read the abstract below: “In this plenary for the new journal Dialogues in Urban Research, I discuss what constitutes (and should constitute going forward) engaged dialogue in urban […]

Careers in Transportation Information Session

On Thursday, November 16th, from 4:00-5:30 pm, the Initiative on Cities and City Planning & Urban Affairs program co-hosts a Careers in Transportation event. This event will give attendees a chance to hear about possible career options in the field and connect with professionals in transportation. Previous attendees of the Careers in Transportation event have […]

School of Cities, University of Toronto and Initiative on Cities, Boston University hold first SSHRC-funded workshop on research, policy and practice in relation to Climate Displacement and Cities

On September 28th, Boston University’s Initiative on Cities and the University of Toronto’s School of Cities held the first of three workshops on climate displacement in Toronto, Canada. David Miller of C40 Cities, who also sits on the IOC’s External Advisory Board, delivered an excellent keynote discussing global mayoral thoughts on climate displacement and outlining […]

Event Recap: Rockefeller Foundation Implementing Climate Action in America’s Cities

Event recap by Dhruv Kapadia Watch the full report here! On Tuesday, January 31st, The Rockefeller Foundation hosted “Implementing Climate Action in America’s Cities,” a conversation with local experts on climate justice and how the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) might transform front-line communities. Moderated by The Rockefeller Foundation’s Rachel Isacoff, panelists Nathaniel Smith of Partnership […]

Meet the 2022–2023 NLC Menino Fellow: An Pham

The Initiative on Cities (IOC) is pleased to announce An Pham (KHC ‘24) as our 2022–2023 National League of Cities (NLC) Menino Fellow. An is a junior majoring in Economics and Mathematics and is interested in inequality, environmental policy, and urban economics. He hopes to pursue a career in policy analysis, where he can work […]