Promoting Research in Practice

We apply policies in the real world, by working with practitioners, promoting applied learning, and examining mechanisms that enable the effective – and exceptional – delivery of basic city services.

Boston University Faculty Publications

Boston University is home to a diverse range of faculty experts covering urban issues from public health and youth engagement to historic preservation and economic development. We are proud to provide access to BU faculty publications focused on these challenges and more. Visit our Faculty Publications page for a full list.

Urban Seminar Series

We provide a forum for BU Faculty to share their urban research with peers, students and practitioners through our Urban Research Seminar Series. Past topics include our series on Racial Equity, Urban Economic Development, Megacities, the Open CityUrban Food Culture, and the Allston Railyard. Sessions are hosted at our headquarters at 75 Bay State Road and promoted via our Events Calendar.

Partner Events

Successful cities are built on a diverse range of expertise, collaboration between public, private and community stakeholders, and a penchant for creative problem solving. We are proud to partner with organizations who bring unique perspectives to the table and, like the Initiative, maintain a focus on advancing urban leadership. Click the above link for a look at some of the events we have co-hosted. If you are interested in a partnership opportunity with the Initiative, please contact Stacy Fox at or by phone at 617-358-8086.

Early Stage Urban Research Awards

Each year, the Initiative sponsors urban projects conducted by BU faculty and graduate students. Our Early Stage Urban Research Award seed grants support research addressing urban challenges and urban populations in the U.S and abroad. Submissions for our Early Stage Urban Research Awards are currently closed. Please check back in January 2022 for more information about our Spring 2022 call for proposals. For Questions contact David Gross at