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Forrest Hangen

Forrest is a PhD Student in Public Policy, Northeastern University;

Forrest is a PhD Student in Public Policy. His research focuses on inequalities, especially related to housing. Specifically, he is interested in furthering our understanding of how multiple facets of urban life (e.g., landlord ownership structures, crime and disorder, eviction, etc.) combine to create disparate living conditions for tenants and examining solutions to these problems. He hopes this work will help policy makers act in informed and equitable ways to create stable, safe, and affordable housing.

Mehrnaz Amiri

MS in Urban Informatics, Northeastern University;

Mehrnaz is an MS student in Urban Informatics at Northeastern University. She has a BS and MS in Urban Planning and Urban Design. She is interested in data analytics and specifically in the intersection of data science and urban studies. As a Graduate Research Assistant at the Boston Area Research Initiative (BARI), Mehrnaz has been contributing to several projects. As some examples, she has generated an automated system, which extracts data for different municipalities in New England to study the impact of COVID-19 in these municipalities. Also, she has analyzed Airbnb data and Craigslist data. Currently, she is helping to analyze data for Boston Public Schools and Emergency Medical Services.

Akash Balani

Graduate, Northeastern University

Akash is focused on understanding the impact of cloud computing on legacy applications. Involved in migrating monolith as well as micro-service rich applications from on-premises servers to the Cloud. Interested in developing AI capable logging and metric tools which can automatically detect anomalies and alert stakeholders based on real-time data.

Shunan You

Shunan is a PhD student in Sociology, Northeastern University

Shunan serves as a research assistant and the Data Consultant at the Boston Area Research Initiative. Her research areas are globalization, transnationalism, spatial mobility, and highly skilled labor migration. Shunan aims to unpack how global mobile workers change organizational management, complicating family lives, dissolving traditional community, and cultivating individualism. She is interested in both qualitative methods and computational social science methods.

Saina Sheini

PhD in Public Policy, Northeastern University

Saina is a PhD candidate in public policy. She is interested in discovering the underlying patterns of urbanization and development along with urban sustainability and resilience. She has done research on the resilience of the energy and transport sectors in the metro-Boston region under normal operating conditions and in light of a shock to these sectors, such as an extreme weather event, developing a network that captures how various agencies and other entities interact with each other. She is now helping to develop a social media-based methodology for measuring and observing the social resilience of communities.

Riley Tucker

PhD in Criminology, Northeastern University

Riley is a Criminology Ph.D. student who serves as a research assistant and the Data Consultant at the Boston Area Research Initiative. His research considers how the behavior of individuals is shaped by neighborhood context and social processes. Specifically, he is interested in how communities act to prevent crime and how neighborhood crime shapes the lives of local residents.

Alina Ristea

PhD in Geo-Informatics, University of Salzburg

Alina is a Postdoctoral Research Associate for Boston Area Research Initiative, with a PhD in GeoInformatics from the University of Salzburg, Austria. She is interested in spatiotemporal analyses of urban phenomena with special emphasis in criminology. Her present research projects include understanding patterns of problem properties from a crime and disorder points of view, spatial distribution of crime around sporting events, administrative data manipulation and integration in the Boston Data Portal, and impact of COVID-19 on people’s social activities. In addition, she is interested in data visualization, predictive analytics, and building an in-depth understanding between academia and public/private sectors.”