Educating Tomorrow's Global Leaders

10 years of commitment to excellence and use-inspired research

At the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, we drive interdisciplinary thinking and problem solving on issues of pressing and emerging concern to society at local, state, national, and international levels.

Our degree and certificate programs, cutting-edge research centers, and international exchange experiences are putting into place the intellectual and institutional infrastructure required to create lasting solutions for social, economic and environmental challenges, and to generate positive impact in the classroom, city hall, boardroom, neighborhood, and around the world.


Why we should elect women into public office

The majority of my work with Emerge Massachusetts these last couple weeks has been with the Alumnae Committee. The organization is creating and sending out a graphic of all its alumnae running for office in 2017. And because one of my roles is alumnae engagement, I had to reach out to the women we already…
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Get to Know: Professor Brian Helmuth

  A scientist by trade, Brian Helmuth has merged the fields of marine biology and public policy through his research and teaching. Helmuth, professor of environmental science and public policy, has spent years predicting the likely ecological impacts of climate change on coastal ecosystems, and on the development of products that are scientifically accurate, understandable,…
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Professor asked to help with first-ever Resilient Boston Report

Professor Daniel Aldrich, an expert in resilience studies, has been invited to serve as an advisor to the Resilient Boston Report, Boston’s first ever strategy for advancing resilience and racial equity across the city. Atyia Martin, chief resilience officer for the city of Boston and a Northeastern alumna, has asked for input from various academics,…
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Artificial intelligence in health care

  Professor Timothy Hoff recently gave an invited talk at the 5th Annual Scientific Conference of the European Association of Psychosomatic Medicine in Barcelona, Spain. Entitled “The Machine Will See You Now:  How Artificial Intelligence Could Cull the Clinician Herd,” his talk focused on the emerging role of machine learning in psychiatric work, and how…
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What makes people resilient to trauma? Northeastern experts team up for cross-college research

Professor Daniel Aldrich is getting ready to co-lead an interdisciplinary research project focused on the ability of communities and individuals to recover from trauma— specifically, to violence exposure. ..
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Theodore Landsmark

Director, Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy

Theodore C. Landsmark, a higher education visionary and public policy expert, assumed the role of director of the Dukakis Center April 1, 2017, bringing with him an outstanding record as an activist educator focused on urban design and diverse cultures.

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Gavin Shatkin

Research: Examining flood risk in coastal megacities

In a multidisciplinary initiative, professor Gavin Shatkin is looking into flood risk in rapidly growing coastal megacities including Jakarta, Indonesia.

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Vienna Thompkins

Master of Public Administration, Graduate Certificate in Data Analytics

Vienna Thompkins is applying the knowledge she has acquired through the MPA Program and the Graduate Certificate in Data Analytics to conduct a fiscal analysis of the use of fees and fines in the criminal justice system.

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