Category: News

Join our team! Hiring a Communications Manager & Administrator

The BU Initiative on Cities seeks a full time Communications Manager & Administrator to serve in a critical communications and operations role on our team. The Communications Manager/Administrator manages events with researchers, elected officials and other government practitioners, and leads external and internal communications, including our weekly newsletter, website, social media, and annual report. She/He/They […]

New Partnership with Community Solutions to Research Homelessness Policy

Community Solutions — a leading nonprofit committed to creating a lasting end to homelessness — and researchers from Boston University and Cornell University will study the landscape of homelessness public policy and its consequences Numerous government agencies at all levels make public policies that are influential to the well-being of people experiencing homelessness in the […]

IOC Releases 2022 Annual Report

The Boston University Initiative on Cities (IOC) is proud to release our 2022 Annual Report. It reflects on the research, learning, events, and people that have empowered the next generation of civic leaders at Boston University and advanced inclusive urban transformation. “2022 has been a year of growth, as well as one marked by transitions. Last […]

Bridge Builders Faculty Fellows Program

The Initiative on Cities’ MetroBridge Program and the Center for Teaching & Learning are launching a new Bridge Builders Faculty Fellows program, focused on advancing experiential learning at Boston University. “Bridge Builders” is a faculty learning community where faculty will: Engage with and learn from other faculty interested in project-based learning Share experiences, expertise, and […]

New report! Gaps and Opportunities: Supporting Boston’s BIPOC Small Businesses

Boston’s Small Business Service Providers Call for Focus on Capital, Contracts, Cultural Competency, & New Approaches to Mitigate Displacement of BIPOC Businesses Boston University Releases Findings from Survey of Boston’s Ecosystem of Small Business Providers While Boston’s population is majority-minority, its small business community is not reflective of its diversity. In the wake of the […]

Faculty Friday: Adil Najam

Faculty Friday is a series highlighting members of the Initiative on Cities (IOC) Faculty Advisory Board, by exploring their work on campus and in the city. This week, we are highlighting Adil Najam, Inaugural Dean of the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies and Professor of International Relations and Earth and Environment. Professor Najam […]

Incoming IOC Faculty Director Loretta Lees honored with membership in Academia Europaea

Incoming IOC Faculty Director Loretta Lees has been honored with a membership in Academia Europaea. Academia Europaea is a European, non-governmental association acting as an academy. Membership in the academy demonstrates “sustained academic excellence,” with an invitation-only peer-review selection process. The academy includes 72 Nobel Prize Laureates among its members.  Congratulations Professor Lees!

IOC-affiliated Faculty honored at 2022 Community and Urban Sociology Awards

The Boston University Initiative on Cities is proud to report that two of our affiliated faculty have been honored at the 2022 Community and Urban Sociology Awards. Community and Urban Sociology is a section of the American Sociological Association. Assistant Professor Jessica Simes won the Robert E. Park Book Award for Punishing Places: The Geography […]

Historical Research and Development of Six Walking Tours in Chelsea

By Amelia Murray-Cooper In Professor Bruce J. Schulman’s History of Boston: Community and Conflict (CAS HI 190) course, students developed six historic walking tours for the City of Chelsea that covered a broad range of topics, including Post-1965 Immigration, Business and Industry, Public Transit, The Fires of 1908 and 1973, Urban Renewal, and Food History. […]