Research and Policy

We know Buffalo well. With extensive partnerships and collaborations, the Co-Lab provides a hub of technical assistance to people with various interests in the revitalization of a classic American city, a locality for place-based research, a local co-laboratory for exploring problems and issues of national and international relevance. For over 70 years, ILR’s research in Buffalo has centered on high-road economic development strategies. This research has assisted elected officials and other leaders in making informed policy-decisions related to high quality jobs, constructive labor management relations, environmental responsibility and more. We continue to link research with specific social and economic problems. By bringing together labor, business, community, government, and academia we outline viable, sustainable solutions to the most pressing challenges facing WNY and study proven strategies that work.

Our current initiatives that greatly advance regional knowledge and understanding are the Buffalo Commons and Good DEEDS for Greater Buffalo.