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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.


3Qs: Campaign shake-up positions Trump to ‘win,’ regardless of election result

Dan Urman, a political science and public policy expert and assistant teaching professor at Northeastern, discusses the recent campaign moves and how the attention to Donald Trump’s “brand” may be a win for the candidate, even if he loses in November. Photo from iStock   By Northeastern News   Over the past week, Donald Trump…
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One alumna shares how she’s applying her MPA to her new career as director

  Jackney Prioly Joseph knows a thing or two when it comes to public policy and the inner workings of government. She gained experience in City Hall by working in the trenches alongside one of Boston’s longest-serving mayors, Thomas M. Menino, and then by joining forces with one of the city’s up-and-coming council members, Ayanna…
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Influence of Young Scholars Program reverberates through time

Assistant professor Matthew Eckelman shares the yearbook from his time as a high school student in the Young Scholars Program with current scholars MaryBeth Rockett and Louis Sokolow. Photo by Matthew Moodono/Northeastern University   By Thea Singer | news@Northeastern   In the summer of 1995, when North­eastern assis­tant pro­fessor Matthew J. Eck­elman was a rising…
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Algorithmic regulation and the case for new rights

The debate on the Smart City is often focused on the requirements and capabilities of emerging technologies. Alternatives in hardware and software used to capture and analyse vast quantities of data flowing in real time are discussed in detail, as well as ever-evolving automatization and prediction techniques. While such emphasis on novel technical challenges and…
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Ben Hoffman

M.S. in Urban Informatics

"For most of my life I have had to choose between a career that has meaning and one that pays the bills. This program represents an opportunity to find one that does both."

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Elizabeth Giardino

M.S. in Urban and Regional Policy

"I loved the idea of taking really rigorous research and analysis and applying this in a meaningful way to the problems metropolitan areas are facing right here and now."

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Michael Dukakis

Professor and former Massachusetts Governor

“The School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs has been doing some of the best research anywhere on the key issues that face the Commonwealth and its communities.”

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