About Us

Welcome to the website for the Kitty and Michael Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy.

The Dukakis Center conducts interdisciplinary research, in collaboration with civic leaders and scholars both within and beyond Northeastern University, to identify and implement real solutions to the critical challenges facing urban areas throughout Greater Boston, the Commonwealth, and the nation.

Founded in 1999 as the Center for Urban and Regional Policy or CURP, the Dukakis Center is equally committed to producing state-of-the-art applied research and to implementing effective policies and practices based on that research.

As a “think and do” tank, the Dukakis Center’s collaborative research and problem-solving model applies powerful data analysis, multidisciplinary research and evaluation techniques, and a policy-driven perspective to address a wide range of issues facing cities, towns, and suburbs, with a particular emphasis on the greater Boston region. The Dukakis Center works to catalyze broad-based efforts to solve urban problems, acting as both a convener and a trusted and committed partner to local, state, and national agencies and organizations. The Dukakis Center is a program of Northeastern University’s innovative School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and is led by the school’s Dean, Barry Bluestone. The Dukakis Center staff includes Associate Director (Programming) Stephanie Pollack, Associate Director (Administration and Finance) Heather Seligman and a robust team of research associates and partners.

In November 2008 the Center was renamed in honor of Kitty and Michael Dukakis for the extraordinary work that both of them have done to make the City of Boston, the Commonwealth, and the nation a better place to live and work. Please visit often as we will be adding additional resources and information on a regular basis.

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