MetroBridge

Partner with MetroBridge

We’re currently accepting project ideas for the Spring 2021 semester. Contact MetroBridge Program Manager Emily Robbins at erobbins@bu.edu if you’re interested in partnering with us.

MetroBridge Program

The MetroBridge program takes a new approach to embedding real-world projects for local government into courses across Boston University. MetroBridge first cultivates project ideas by seeking out to the distinct research needs of cities, towns and community-based organizations, and then collaborating with faculty across the university to find the best course match for each project. We view our approach as a true win-win solution by providing tailored research products to under-resourced communities, while at the same time, exposing students from across many disciplines to the way their growing skillsets are needed by local government and community-based organizations.

MetroBridge Menu of Projects

The MetroBridge “Menu” of Projects outlines specific opportunities for partnering with the program. These projects cover a range of issue areas, including several that are specific to the COVID-19 crisis. We also strongly encourage local governments and community-based organizations to reach out to us with your own unique project ideas or research needs.  

Recent MetroBridge Projects

Community Engagement and Assessment

Surveying Residents on City Service Delivery in Everett, MA
Course: Inequality and American Politics (CAS PO 519)
Faculty: Katherine Levine Einstein, Political Science, College of Arts & Sciences

Approaches to Surveying Residents’ Experiences with Airplane Noise in Milton, MA
Course: Public Opinion in American Politics (CAS PO 307) 
Faculty: Spencer Piston, Political Science, College of Arts & Sciences

Supporting Multilingual Citizen Engagement in Randolph, MA
Course: Cross-Cultural Psychology (CAS PS 560) 
Faculty: Catherine Caldwell-Harris, Psychology, College of Arts & Sciences

Researching How Local Governments Use Social Media as a Community Engagement Tool (for Everett, MA)
Course: Masters Collaboratory Project (COM EM 777)
Faculty: Kelsey Prena, Emerging Media Studies, College of Communication
Student Showcase Video: Local Government Communication and Social Media Identity

Economic Development & Planning

Supporting Local Business on Broadway in Chelsea, MA
Course: MetroBridge Planning Studio (MET UA 510)
Faculty: Emily Innes & David Valecillos, City Planning and Urban Affairs, Metropolitan College

Boosting Local Tourism in Everett, MA
Course: Economic Development and Tourism (MET AD 600)
Faculty: Robert Billington, Administrative Sciences, Metropolitan College

Exploring Models for Downtown Food Markets in New Bedford, MA
Course: Master of Science in Management Studies, Module 4
Faculty: Joseph LiPuma, Strategy and Innovation, Questrom School of Business

Planning Studio in the Quest Center District in New Bedford, MA
Course: MetroBridge Planning Studio (MET UA 510)
Faculty: Julie Conroy, City Planning and Urban Affairs, Metropolitan College

Elder Services

Innovating Improvements to Elder Services in Easton, MA
Course: Ideas to Impact (QST SI 250)
Faculty: Stine Grodal, Strategy and Innovation, Questrom School of Business 

Surveying the Needs of Residents Aged 50+ to Foster an Age-Friendly Community in Easton, MA
Course: Urban Research Methods (MET UA 703)
Faculty: Yesim Sungu-Eryilmaz, City Planning and Urban Affairs, MET
Student Showcase Video: Age-Friendly Easton

Housing

Exploring Homelessness and Housing Insecurity in Chelsea, MA
Course: Sociological Research Methods (CAS SO 702)
Faculty: Jessica Simes, Sociology, College of Arts & Sciences

Regulating Short-Term Home Share Rentals in Watertown, MA
Student Memo: Research Findings on Options for Addressing the Rise of Home Share Uses
Course: Urban Public Policy Lab (CAS PO 520)
Faculty: David Glick, Political Science, College of Arts & Sciences

Public Health & Human Services

Developing a Response to Hoarding Situations in Winthrop, MA
Course: Mental Health and Social Policy (SSW WP 705) 
Faculty: Heidi Sulman, Social Welfare Policy, School of Social Work

Creating a Community Garden and Farmers’ Market in Winthrop, MA
Course: Obesity in Society (SPH SB 800)
Faculty: Monica Wang, Community Health Sciences, School of Public Health

Providing Guidance on How to Implement a Patient-Centered Medical Home in New Bedford, MA
Course: Health Care Delivery Systems (SPH PM 755) 
Faculty: Sarah Gordon, Health Law, Policy & Management, School of Public Health

Improving Access to Mental Health and Addiction Services in West Springfield, MA
Course: Global Mental Health (SAR HS 348)
Faculty: Shelley Brown, Health Sciences, Sargent College

Innovating Solutions to Key Public Health Challenges in Winthrop, MA: Addressing Air Quality, Creating a Culture of Consent, and Educating Informed Health Consumers
Course: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Global Health (KCH HC 302)
Faculty: Carrie Preston, Kilachand Honors College

Transportation

Improving Transportation Safety in Arlington, MA
Course: Urban Politics and Policy (CAS PO 517)
Faculty: Katherine Levine Einstein, Political Science, College of Arts & Sciences

Analyzing Traffic Data in Arlington, MA
Course: Urban Public Policy Lab (CAS PO 520)
Faculty: Justin de Benedictis-Kessner, Political Science, College of Arts & Sciences

Increasing Ridership on Bus Rapid Transit in Everett, MA
Course: Urban Public Policy Lab (CAS PO 520)
Faculty: David Glick, Political Science, College of Arts & Sciences

Contact Us

Emily Robbins
MetroBridge Program Manager
erobbins@bu.edu | 617-358-8084

Prof. David Glick
MetroBridge Faculty Director
dmglick@bu.edu | 617-358-8084