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Urban Harbors Institute

Advancing Ocean and Coastal Management

The Urban Harbors Institute is an applied research institute in the School for the Environment whose mission is to promote thriving ocean and coastal communities and sustainable natural resources through research, planning, engagement, and education.

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About Us

Who We Are

UHI works closely with governments, marine industry representatives, non-governmental organizations, and members of the public to understand and address a wide variety of ocean and coastal topics. 

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What We Do

Provide research, technical assistance, and advisory services 

Urban Harbors Institute offers assistance in fields such as: 

  • Coastal and harbor planning  
  • Natural resource management
  • Climate change
  • Working waterfronts
  • Coastal laws and regulations
  • Environmental justice
  • Community engagement and education
  • Water transportation
  • Geographical information systems  
  • Advance research and knowledge sharing 

UHI collaborates with partners to build networks dedicated to advancing thriving coastal communities and healthy ecosystems in Massachusetts and beyond. As a facilitator, manager, and convener of networks, webinars, and events, UHI aims to create space for productive conversations, information sharing, and capacity building.  

Educate the next generation of ocean and coastal professionals 

UHI provides UMass Boston’s diverse student body with hands-on experiences, preparing them for jobs after graduation. As employees, interns, volunteers, and program participants, students work on solving real-world problems while gaining important skills such as critical thinking, project management, and networking. 

Work With Us

Many of our projects are conducted on behalf of and/or in partnership with others—including state/local/regional/federal governments, NGOs, other academic institutions, and environmental consulting companies. Please reach out if interested in hiring UHI.

Contact Us

Urban Harbors Institute
Phone: 617-287-5570
100 Morrissey Boulevard
Boston, MA 02125