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Current Members:

Forrest Hangen (he/him) PhD Student in Public Policy, Northeastern University;

Forrest, 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.

Shunan You (she/her) 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.

Rylee Smith (she/her) Master Student in Architecture, Northeastern University

Rylee is working with the CommonSENSES team & building geographic data infrastructure. Rylee has a Bachelor of science in Architecture, from Northeastern University.

Mai Waziry (she/her) Master Student in Urban Informatics, Northeastern University

Mai is analyzing heat data from different sources both locally and from cities across the US to measure variations in heat across space.

Brooke  Glatzhofer

Toshiaki Yoshida

Past Members:

Marjan Moradimehrehmasters student in Criminology and Criminal Justice, Northeastern University;

Marjan is a graduate research assistant at Boston Area Research Initiative (BARI). She is interested in uncovering patterns of crime and disorder in the city of Boston. In particular, she is analyzing the impacts of COVID-19 pandemic across Boston neighborhoods by conducting quantitative research using R on a variety of administrative databases. 

Saina Sheini PhD Student 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 student 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.”

Jesse DiValli PhD in Sociology, Northeastern University;

Jesse is a fourth-year graduate student, pursuing his PhD at NEU after completing a M.A. of Sociology at Howard University. His studies focus on environmental policies and impacts, particularly in the areas of resilience and sustainability. He is especially interested in conducting social science research that responds to the needs of disadvantaged communities and informs public policy in urban environments