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  By Roxanne Anderson This first week in London has been a spectacular experience for me. Not only have I made great connections with new and old friends, but I have also found time to explore this city and just some of what it has to offer. My internship at the Irish Chaplaincy has been…
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Published On: May 25, 2016 |
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Gentrification and the caffeine curse

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  Gentrification has become one of the most politically-charged terms in urbanism, escaping from academic discussion into everyday vocabulary. In recent news articles gentrification has been mostly derided, but sometimes lauded or even denounced as a myth. The diversity of takes on the issue reflects the fact that gentrification somehow remains a nebulous concept. When…
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Published On: May 24, 2016 |
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Veteran Spotlight: MPA student Andrew Bryant

To celebrate Military Appreciation Month, we shine the spotlight on some of our students who are veterans and active service members. Here, Andrew Bryant, an MPA student on military active duty, shares five ways veterans can build on their military background in the public policy arena. By Andrew Bryant: When we think of the military,…
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Published On: May 23, 2016 |
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Economists: Paid leave proposal would expand access for Mass. workers

A proposed statewide program to provide paid leave for medical and family caregiving would cover 3.1 million Massachusetts workers and level the playing field for women, minorities, and low-income workers, at an average cost of only $3 a week per each covered employee, according to a new analysis by economists from Northeastern University and the…
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Published On: May 19, 2016 |
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Guest Column: Memorial Day from a veteran’s perspective

By Manny Alcantara Every year, on the fourth Monday of May, Americans across the country take the time to remember the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in defending the United States of America. The rights and freedom that American citizens are granted were fought for and protected by honorable service members…
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First Impressions of London

Roxanne Anderson, a student in the Human Services Program, and Chrissy Beluk, who is majoring in Sociology and Human Services, are currently on a Dialogue of Civilizations in England. Here, they recount their first days in London. By Roxanne Anderson: I am on this dialogue as a Human Services student, excited to engage in work…
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Published On: May 18, 2016 |
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Veteran Spotlight: Tim Sullivan, first-year MPA student

May is Military Appreciation Month, and at the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, we have multiple veterans and active service members among our students. Here, we shine the spotlight on Tim Sullivan, a first-year student in our Master of Public Administration and a United States Marine Corps veteran. Q: Why did you decide…
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Urban Informatics student receives research seed grant

Antonio Vázquez Brust, a student in our Master of Science in Urban Informatics, recently received a research seed grant from the Boston Area Research Initiative (BARI) for a project that will look to describe the process of gentrification in Boston. Brust will generate a set of metrics of gentrification from administrative data and social media…
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Published On: May 17, 2016 |
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Faculty Research: Analyzing flood risk in Jakarta

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  In an interdisciplinary effort, Gavin Shatkin has partnered with faculty in Northeastern’s School of Architecture and the departments of Art and Design and Anthropology to examine projections of flood risk in rapidly growing coastal megacities. Shatkin, associate professor of public policy and architecture, received a Provost’s Tier 1 Interdisciplinary Seed Grant, a $50,000 internal…
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Faculty Research: Gaining new insights into social resilience in Brazil’s conflict zones

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  Two professors in the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs (SPPUA) have teamed up to document how social media platforms are being used as sites of social resilience in Brazil’s City of God, one of Rio de Janeiro’s most notorious favelas, or slums. Thomas Vicino, associate professor of political science, public policy and…
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