Centers and Initiatives

The School’s research centers and initiatives enrich our understanding of important public policy issues as well as to generate and implement solutions. These centers also provide policy relevant research opportunities for faculty and students.

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.

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.

Center for Labor Market Studies

The Center for Labor Market Studies is an applied research, evaluation, and policy-oriented technical assistance unit. It was initially established in 1979 to provide regional leadership for a three year grant that the Economics Department had received from the U.S. Department of Labor under the Institutional Grant Program. The IG program was designed by the national office of the U.S. Department of Labor to involve the nation’s universities and colleges more fully in the education, training, and professional development of staff in the human resources system at the regional, state, and local levels.

In addition to these activities, the Center began to conduct applied labor market research in Massachusetts, the New England region, and the entire country to train labor market analysts and human resource program planners on research, planning and evaluation techniques, and to assist in the development of improved labor market and occupational information systems and program evaluation systems at the regional, state, and local levels.

The Resilient Cities Lab

The Resilient Cities Lab addresses pressing and emerging challenges that may undermine the quality of life and livelihoods in cities. Researchers from science, engineering, business, planning, policy, and law collaborate to

  • advance 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
  • conduct research that helps cities prepare for climate change and other global influences on their performance
  • engage the research and practitioner communities in dialog so both sides truly learn from each other
  • empower students to become knowledge brokers who are fluent in the use of cutting-edge analytical methods and who feel at ease in the world of urban investment and policy making

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