Academics

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 Governance and Sustainability

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.

Center for Peace, Democracy, and Development

Promoting conflict resolution, democracy, economic development, education building, media development, and legal and judicial reform through partnerships and training programs across the globe.

Center for Rebuilding Sustainable Communities After Disasters

Offering professional training and providing expert advice and innovative research on various disaster-related topics.

Center for Social and Demographic Research on Aging

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.

Center for Social Policy

Reshaping poverty policy by connecting research, evaluation, and communities with lived experiences in Boston and beyond.

Center for Women in Politics and  Public Policy

Promoting women's political leadership through quality education and policy research.

Edward J. Collins, Jr. Center for Public Management

Providing professional services to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of government.

Gerontology Institute

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.

Massachusetts Office of Public Collaboration

Facilitating collaboration and building capacity for conflict resolution and consensus building with government and cross state sectors.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)

Enriching the intellectual, social, and cultural lives of adults aged 50 and over who share a love of lifelong learning.

Pension Action Center

Conducting research on pension policy and offering assistance and referrals to individuals having trouble understanding or accessing their pension benefits.


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The Integrated Sciences Complex

Integrated Sciences Complex

A green, catalyst for cutting-edge laboratory research, teaching, and training

The Integrated Sciences Complex is a catalyst for cutting-edge research, teaching, and training.

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