As the interim dean of the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, Joan Fitzgerald leads the continued development and expansion of the School. She follows in the footsteps of founding dean Barry Bluestone who will continue to teach and conduct research as well as direct the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy. Prior to her appointment, Joan managed several faculty searches that led to doubling the size of the core faculty. In addition to growing the faculty, Joan will be developing a number of new graduate programs within the School.
For the past several years Joan has served as director of the Law and Public Policy program (LPP) at Northeastern University. The Law and Public Policy Program is known primarily for its PhD program, but in recent years Joan has also redesigned the master’s degree as a professional graduate program.
Joan’s current research includes work on “Emerald Cities”, a comprehensive research project that examines how U.S. and Western European cities address the interrelated issues of global warming, energy dependence and opportunities for green economic development. Based from the findings of her research, this potential includes building new technology-based industry clusters, improving the efficiency of production in existing manufacturing processes, and creating well-paying green jobs in construction, manufacturing, and entirely new advanced technology sectors.
Prior to her work on “Emerald Cities”, Joan has written for several journals and regularly advises government officials on new “green-growth strategies.” Her recent publications include her 2002 economic development book, Economic Revitalization: Strategies and Cases for City and Suburb, Moving Up in the New Economy (2006), Emerald Cities (2010) and recent articles in the American Prospect focusing on green building and renewable energy.
Before coming to Northeastern University, Joan taught urban policy and public affairs at the New School University, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Ohio State University.