Centers & Institutes
Providing High-quality Research, Technical Assistance, and Professional Services
The work of our research centers and institutes is central to our makeup, to great learning, and to our global security and economic future.
Our scholars explore the complex issues which shape policy and impact communities worldwide, and provide timely and evidence-based guidance to policymakers, practitioners, and community leaders.
Our nationally and internationally known centers and institutes also provide students with opportunities for jobs, internships, and possible thesis or dissertation data.
- Center for Community Democracy and Democratic Literacy
- Center for Governance and Sustainability
- Center for Peace, Democracy, and Development
- Center for Rebuilding Sustainable Communities After Disasters
- Center for Social and Demographic Research on Aging
- Center for Social Policy
- Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy
- Center on Media and Society
- Edward J. Collins, Jr. Center for Public Management
- Gerontology Institute
- Massachusetts Office of Public Collaboration
- Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)
- Pension Action Center
Examining the work of community-based organizations to ascertain their success in expanding or capacity to expand democratic participation and to engage in community change efforts.
Linking analytical rigor and policy action in environmental, developmental and sustainability governance globally through state-of-the-art research, interactive dialogue, and comprehensive training for innovative leadership.
Promoting conflict resolution, democracy, economic development, education building, media development, and legal and judicial reform through partnerships and training programs across the globe.
Offering professional training and providing expert advice and innovative research on various disaster-related topics.
Providing demographic resources and research expertise to communities, non-governmental organizations, and other agencies that offer services to older adults in Massachusetts and throughout New England.
Reshaping poverty policy by connecting research, evaluation, and communities with lived experiences in Boston and beyond.
Promoting women's political leadership through quality education and policy research.
Advancing university-community partnerships in the professional world of journalism and politics.
Providing professional services to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of government.
Conducting basic and applied social and economic research on income security, health (including long-term care), productive aging, and basic social and demographic research on aging; providing editorial leadership for the Journal of Aging & Social Policy and the journal, Research on Aging.
Facilitating collaboration and building capacity for conflict resolution and consensus building with government and cross state sectors.
Enriching the intellectual, social, and cultural lives of adults aged 50 and over who share a love of lifelong learning.
Conducting research on pension policy and offering assistance and referrals to individuals having trouble understanding or accessing their pension benefits.