The Research department strives to understand the current environment of the city to produce quality research and targeted information that will inform and benefit the residents and businesses of Boston.
Role in the Agency
The BPDA's Research department compiles and analyzes current, historical, and comparative data on the city of Boston. The department conducts research on Boston's economy, population, and commercial markets for all departments of the BPDA, the City of Boston, and related organizations.
The Research department is a five-person team led by the Director of Research. Staff members have backgrounds in economics, sociology and public policy, and prior experience working with research institutes, colleges and universities, and community organizations. Staff areas of expertise and primary research topics include the following:
Neighborhood and city demographics
The labor market, industries, jobs, and employers
Real estate and development
Populations of interest, such as the foreign born
For more information about research produced by the Boston Planning & Development Agency, please contact the Research department.