Urban Research

The Initiative on Cities is committed to the study of urban leadership and the advancement of cities across the globe. Boston University, one of the world’s leading research institutions, is home to faculty experts in issues ranging from Law to the Environment, Engineering to Management, Cultural Studies to Medicine, and Public Health to Communications. This diversity of thought reflects the complex challenges of running a 21st century city.

Past Initiative on Cities Affiliated Projects

View projects funded by or affiliated with the IOC, and learn more about how you can get involved.

Apply for Funding

Submit a proposal for funding and review the IOC Research Agenda. All Boston University faculty and graduate students are eligible to submit funding proposals.

Modern urban leaders simply cannot afford to limit themselves to a narrow field of expertise. Mayors must be nimble, adaptive, and willing to learn. The IOC serves as a catalyst for research that contributes to the vitality of cities and empowers urban leaders to thrive. We encourage BU faculty from all schools and disciplines to contribute to this effort.