Message from the Director



Announcing Interim Director Matthias Ruth

“As Northeastern University emerged as a game changer in higher education and use-inspired research, the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs finds itself a key driver and contributor of interdisciplinary thinking and problem solving, of new tools for analysis, and of growing opportunities to engage the research and practitioner communities.  As the Interim Director of the School, I am looking forward to supporting and extending those activities, making fundamental contributions to the issues we research, creating solutions for social, economic and environmental challenges, and having lasting, positive impact on the people we reach – be they in classrooms, city halls or boardrooms, in our neighborhoods or around the world.

Few places can bring together cutting edge science and decision-making as a policy school can.  A wide range of pressing and emerging issues at local to global scales – urban growth and decline, social tensions, climate impacts, and many more – call for a new kind of expert who can seamlessly integrate data and information from a variety of sources, help create new knowledge and build the governance structures that shape humanity’s future. 

Northeastern University’s School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs is dedicated to the education of students in theory and practice so they can become effective contributors to social, economic and environmental change all throughout their careers, whether those careers span the public, private or not-for-profit sectors, or are focused on advancing academic research.  A rich array of degree and certificate programs, aligned with activities of cutting-edge research centers, and led by outstanding scholars and practitioners, opens doors for undergraduate, masters and doctoral students alike.  The Kitty and Michael Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy, for example, produces state-of-the-art applied research and informs policies and practices based on that research.  The Resilient Cities Lab advances the use of data management, geographic information, computer-based modeling and simulation, and visualization of complex urban dynamics so that decisions can be more effectively based on the best available knowledge.  The Social Impact Lab is a learning and innovation hub that combines rigorous research with experiential learning, civic engagement, and collaboration to empower social change.”

Matthias Ruth
Ph.D.,University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Expertise: Ecological Economics, Dynamic Modeling, Microeconomics and Policy, Resource and Environmental Economics and Policy

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