Daniel T. O’Brien, associate professor in the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs (SPPUA) and the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, has received tenure.
Since joining Northeastern in 2014, O’Brien has published a series of papers and he is the author of the forthcoming book, The Urban Commons (Harvard University Press), which will be published this fall and explores how people take care of public spaces through Boston’s 311 system.
O’Brien is a leader in the burgeoning field of urban informatics. He has forged a cutting-edge and influential research program, and he has developed the pedagogical and institutional models that enable projects and collaborations that apply “big data” to the questions and challenges of life in 21st Century cities.
“Professor O’Brien’s community engaged research and his leadership of the Boston Area Research Initiative has had impressive impact,” SPPUA Director Jennie Stephens said. “Professor O’Brien has also been central to the development of our graduate program in urban informatics, an exciting cutting-edge innovative program connecting data analytics with urban policy.”
As co-director of the Boston Area Research Initiative (BARI), O’Brien has been driving multiple new projects and programs, including partnerships around equity in Boston Public Schools and convening BARI’s annual conference, which brings together Boston area researchers and practitioners to share their data-driven work.