Educating Tomorrow's Global Leaders

10 years of commitment to excellence and use-inspired research

At the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, we drive interdisciplinary thinking and problem solving on issues of pressing and emerging concern to society at local, state, national, and international levels.

Our degree and certificate programs, cutting-edge research centers, and international exchange experiences are putting into place the intellectual and institutional infrastructure required to create lasting solutions for social, economic and environmental challenges, and to generate positive impact in the classroom, city hall, boardroom, neighborhood, and around the world.


Survey finds youth in Boston summer jobs program gain job readiness skills, higher academic aspirations

Graphic by Luis Delgado/Northeastern University   By Greg St. Martin | news@Northeastern After youth par­tic­i­pated in Boston’s summer jobs pro­gram, a greater number reported having increased job readi­ness skills, higher aca­d­emic aspi­ra­tions, and  improved con­nec­tions with their neighborhoods—with the largest gains in some areas among minority groups—according to a new report co-​​authored by Northeastern’s Alicia…
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The uneven geography of social media visualized

  Last week I mentioned how the “geoweb,” the sum of all places on Earth that are referenced online, is skewed. For example, traditional inequalities (based on income, race, gender, and so on) are reflected in the social media realm. The distinction between visible and hidden in our online maps seems to follow to some…
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Life after Brexit

Britain has voted to leave the European Union. What’s next? Photo by iStock.   By Jason Kornwitz | news@Northeastern Britain voted to leave the Euro­pean Union on Thursday, prompting Prime Min­ister David Cameron to announce his intent to resign and sending global mar­kets into a tailspin. Here, Mai’a K. Davis Cross, assis­tant pro­fessor of polit­ical…
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The Boston Data Portal: Putting data in the hands of everyday Bostonians

  By Daniel T. O’Brien In recent years, digital technology has become ever-present, involved in nearly all aspects of everyday life. And where there is digital technology, there are data. As a society, we are awash in data—what some might call a data deluge. But, just as water converts from a vital resource to a…
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Ben Hoffman

M.S. in Urban Informatics

"For most of my life I have had to choose between a career that has meaning and one that pays the bills. This program represents an opportunity to find one that does both."

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Elizabeth Giardino

M.S. in Urban and Regional Policy

"I loved the idea of taking really rigorous research and analysis and applying this in a meaningful way to the problems metropolitan areas are facing right here and now."

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Faculty Spotlight: Tom Vicino

Interview with Professor Vicino

Tom Vicino, director of the MPA program, discusses his research, the courses he teaches, and what he likes best about the Policy School.

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