The Brudnick Center on Violence and Conflict
The Brudnick Center on Violence and Conflict is an interdisciplinary institute whose mission is to provide the basis for preventing, reducing, and resolving dangerous and harmful forms of violence and conflict. To this end, the center seeks to contribute to Northeastern University’s broad research and educational mission by initiating research projects of national and international importance and by complementing the curricula that exists at the University. Since its inception in September 1998, the Brudnick Center has sponsored and developed many conferences including: The International Conference on Hate Crimes and the National Student Conference on Combating Prejudice and Hate on College Campuses. In addition, the center sponsors research in the areas of conflict and violence.
Kitty and Michael Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy
Under the direction of Professor Barry Bluestone, the Kitty and Michael Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy provides faculty, research fellows, and graduate and undergraduate students from across the University the opportunity to undertake applied research on a broad range of urban, regional, and metropolitan issues. Faculty and fellows associated with the Center work closely with state and local government agencies, community organizations, and business and labor groups to address urban and regional concerns that range from housing and education to workforce development and the environment. The Center uses greater Boston as a “laboratory” for analysis, policy development, and policy evaluation. The Center has forged links with researchers at other universities within the metropolitan area as well as in other regions of the country and in Europe.
Northeastern Environmental Justice Research Collaborative
The Northeastern Environmental Justice Research Collaborative (NEJRC) is a research collaborative made up of scholars, activists, and policy makers in New England engaged in the study of political ecology and environmental justice. Located at Northeastern University in Boston, the collaborative works on a wide range of local, regional, national, and international topics and issues. Professor Daniel Faber “a long-time researcher and advocate around environmental justice” serves as the Director.
NEJRC currently houses six distinct research projects the: (1) Philanthropy and Environmental Justice Research Project; (2) Climate Justice Project; (3) Massachusetts Environmental Justice Research Project; (4) National Project on Environmental Justice Politics, Policy, and Ethics; (5) Central American Environmental Policy Research Project; and (6) Globalization and Environmental Justice Research Project. Each project has a group of Associates which are actively undertaking research related to that topic, and are committed to fostering policy proposals and other prescriptions around issues of environmental injustice. These projects are listed below. NEJRC is a member group of the New England Network of Environmental Justice Scholars.
The Boston Puerto Rican Health Study at Northeastern University is one of ten Centers for Population Health and Health Disparities (CPHHD) funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This program responds to a strategic priority at the NIH to address disparities and inequities in the prevalence and outcomes of several diseases. The CPHHD program requires transdisciplinary research involving social, behavioral, biological, and genetic research to improve knowledge of the causes of health disparities and devise effective methods of preventing, diagnosing and treating disease and promoting health. A 10.2 million dollars award from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the NIH funded the Northeastern University CPHHD. Puerto Rican adults living on the United States mainland have documented health disparities; however, little research has been conducted with this second largest Hispanic subgroup. The Center’s long-term goal is to understand the complex interactions of diet and other behavioral and environmental factors, genetics, and psychosocial stress on the high and apparently increasing prevalence of cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors in Puerto Rican adults. The Boston Puerto Rican Health Study is composed of 5 interrelated research projects, centered on an established cohort of 1500 Puerto Ricans, aged 45-75 years at baseline. Projects 1-4 directly build upon data obtained in the first two interview cycles (baseline and 2-year), during the initial 5-year funding period (2003-2009), by adding additional measures in a third 5-year interview. These additional measures include heart disease risk (project 1); additional measures of the social environment and stress (project 2); the role of genetic factors in heart disease risk progression (project 3); and the role of air pollution on heart disease risk (project 4). The center is also conducting a multidimensional community-based intervention focusing on diet and exercise, with consideration of social integration, to reduce heart disease risk (project 5).
Professor Luis M. Falcon is principal investigator of project 2 in the Northeastern CPHHD and Associate Professor Alisa Lincoln is an investigator.
Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program
The Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program provides women and men at Northeastern with an opportunity to examine the diversity of human experience through the perspectives of women. Students have the opportunity to work closely with faculty, learning by actively participating in gender research. Students examine gender roles in the United States and around the world; how they developed and why they are changing; as well as how ideas about gender shape the arts, humanities, and social and natural sciences. The Graduate Consortium in Women’s Studies at Radcliffe College brings together feminist scholars and teachers at Boston-area institutions (Harvard, MIT, Tufts, Northeastern) devoted to graduate teaching and research in women’s studies and to advancing interdisciplinary women’s studies scholarship.