Tufts Community Research Center (TCRC)

About Us

The Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service has supported civically engaged research through the creation of the Tufts Community Research Center (TCRC). The TCRC seeks to involve Tufts faculty and students from across all seven schools of the university in research done in collaboration with community partners.

Run by a Steering Committee of community members and Tufts Faculty, TCRC places a special, but not exclusive, emphasis on Tufts’ host communities of Somerville, Medford and Boston’s Chinatown. Research we support must involve a formal community partner and produce scholarship at the same time it yields knowledge useful to the community. Priority is given to redressing issues of disparity, inequality and injustice in society. Research topics may include education, the economy, housing, the environment and health. Click here for a full report of a recent TCRC-funded research project.

TCRC Links

Request for Proposals

TCRC is looking for proposals of community-collaborative research projects that meet one or more of these criteria: (1) potential to launch an ambitious project that can attract external funds; (2) interdisciplinary approaches, especially those that drawn on two or more Tufts schools; (3) projects that build on established issues identified by community groups. The application period is currently closed; click here to view the 2013 application requirements.

Research Survey

TCRC is administering a survey with the purpose of cataloguing research and evaluation projects that are collaborations between Community Based organizations and Tufts University faculty and researchers. We would like feedback from anyone involved in such projects, on either the community or the Tufts side. If you are involved with a relevant project, we would appreciate you taking the time to fill out the survey form here.

Contact Us

Douglas Brugge, Director
136 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA 02111
Tel: (617) 636-0326
Email: dbrugge@aol.com