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.


Open Source Urbanism: A 5,000-year-old innovation

  Coming from a computer science background, and having since jumped into urban planning, for me it was unavoidable to mull over “Open Source Urbanism” sooner or later. As many others, I’m a firm believer in the practical benefits and ethical advantages of the Open Source model. The idea of horizontal collaboration, quick and fluid…
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How the DNC has helped form a bond between two Northeastern professors

Michael Dukakis, Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Public Policy, and Dan Urman, assistant teaching professor, director of the minor in Law and Public Policy and director of the Doctorate in Law and Policy program. Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University   By Greg St. Martin | news@Northeastern North­eastern fac­ulty member Dan Urman says the 2000…
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Art and the urban experience

The city has always been a source of inspiration for artists, and the environment par excellence where art is dreamed, produced, and exhibited (and given the current speculation and ballooning prices on the ever-expanding art market, one should add “sold” to that list). Led by cultural meccas like New York and Paris, our metropolitan areas…
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The terror in Nice and security across the EU

Photo from BBC News (World) Twitter (@BBCWorld)   By John O’Neill | news@Northeastern France is reeling from its third major attack in 19 months after a lone ter­rorist sped a 19-​​ton truck into a crowd of people gath­ered to watch Bastille Day fire­works. The attack killed at least 84 people and injured more than 200…
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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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Michael Dukakis

Professor and former Massachusetts Governor

“The School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs has been doing some of the best research anywhere on the key issues that face the Commonwealth and its communities.”

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