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BARI Conference 2021: Building Back Smarter

The annual conference of Boston Area Research Initiative is starting today, April 30th, under the theme “Building Back Smarter’. The event is fully online and is marking the institute’ s 10th anniversary.

According to the organisers, over the last ten years, BARI’ s annual conference has become a unique forum for sharing how greater Boston’ s civic data community is advancing a more equitable, just, and democratic society’“and setting an agenda for what needs to be done now.  

The conference focuses on data-driven work occurring throughout greater Boston. Up to now, data have revealed the big inequities that followed the response to the pandemic. The panelists will present projects where data have assisted in the process of building back in an equitable way.

It captures the diverse roles that different institutions and forms of expertise play in transforming data into knowledge into impact through the presentation of projects from members of the public, private, and non-profit sectors and academia. The talks are focused on all topics related to cities and communities, including but not limited to: housing; transportation; public health; climate change; inequality and segregation; public safety and law enforcement; arts and culture; and access to resources, amenities, and services.  

The conference will occur over four consecutive Fridays 4/30, 5/7, 5/14 & 5/21, 9:15 am ‘“ 12 pm EST (15:15-18:00 CEST). Each panel will be presented as a live webcast, which will also be released as a podcast episode the following week. The first three days will include an opening keynote and three parallel topical sessions. The fourth will be a stand-alone keynote.  

List of panels:

Friday, April 30

9:15am – 10:45am EST: Keynote: Untold Stories: The Many Impacts of COVID

11am-12pm EST: How Do We Build When We Build Back?

11am-12pm EST: Innovations in Criminal Justice

11am-12pm EST: Dashboards during COVID

Friday, May 7

9:30am – 10:45am EST: Keynote: The Next 10 Years: National Lessons on the Future of Research-Policy Collaboration

11am-12pm EST: Segregation, Integration, and Opportunity

11am-12pm EST: Pursuing Equitable Access to Transportation

11am-12pm EST: New Models for Collaboration

Friday, May 14

9:30am-10:45am EST: Keynote: BARI’s 10th Anniversary: Looking Back and Forward

11am-12pm EST: The Many Dimensions of Environmental Justice

11am-12pm EST: Who Gets to Call Greater Boston Home?

11am-12pm EST: A Walkable Future

Friday, May 21

9:30am-10:45am EST: Research-Policy under a New Mayoral Administration


You can register for the conference here.

You can find more information here.