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More than 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.


The impact of home address on mobility

Hello and welcome to the Income Inequality and Social Immobility Capstone blog! My name is Maria Lopez, and I am in my final semester in the MPA Program. I, along with my teammates, have been making great strides in trying to determine what are the fundamental causes of social and economic immobility in Boston. This…
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Research: Women, resilience and social movements

What do women, resilience and social movements have in common? Three Northeastern researchers are exploring networks of women strengthening community resilience as they respond to social crises. This interdisciplinary cross-scalar collaboration brings together Jennie Stephens, a resilience expert in the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, communications expert Brooke Foucault Welles, who studies how…
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Get to Know: Katie Kalugin, MPP ’18

Katie Kalugin has always been interested in women’s adversity. But it wasn’t until she enrolled at Northeastern University that she took a deep dive into issues directly impacting women—from the gender wage gap to learning the ins and outs of training women for public office. In the classroom, Kalugin, a student in the Master of…
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Guest Column: A perfect fit in a unique urban informatics program

By Cal Coplai As a data scientist for Ford Motor Company’s smart mobility division, I work at the intersection of urban planning, strategic consulting, and data analytics. But I would have not landed this job if it weren’t for the knowledge I gained through the MS in Urban Informatics program at Northeastern University. Let me…
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Social capital and natural hazards governance

A new paper by Northeastern expert Daniel Aldrich explores social capital in disaster governance, providing guidance on how to support communities toward more resilience. Social Capital and Natural Hazards Governance digs into the many existing questions about social capital and natural hazards, such as mitigation, preparedness, response recovery, etc. “Decision-makers persist in focusing primarily on…
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Ellie Rosen

Master of Public Administration; Graduate Certificate in the Nonprofit Sector, Philanthropy and Social Change

“Northeastern is known for the success of its graduates, and I’m seeing why so clearly being in this program ... I’m learning in a way that I’ve never learned or been challenged prior to being in graduate school.”

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Shalanda Baker

Professor of Law, Public Policy and Urban Affairs

Shalanda Baker is an expert in environmental and renewable energy law, sustainable development, administrative law, and international development. Here, she explains how she went from working at a law firm to conducting field research in Latin America and developing a research agenda focused on global energy transition, climate change, and indigenous rights.

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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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