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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.


Commoning the smart city

  New technologies allow citizens to take up new roles in helping to develop and manage urban infrastructures, such as energy, waste and mobility systems. But what are the snags? On May 24, assistant professor Dietmar Offenhuber, a digital urban planner, examined what digital platforms can do and how municipalities can position themselves at A…
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Welcome to Chronicles of a Nonprofit Intern

As a student, I have investigated the formation of social policy and applied a mixed-methods approach in evaluating the prevalence of unequal conditions around us. Now, I am taking that interest a step further by interning at Emerge Massachusetts, a nonprofit organization that aims to identify, train, and inspire democratic women to pursue public office….
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Students study, meet U.S. Supreme Court justices

Northeastern students meet U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer. Courtesy photo   Surreal. Surprising. Impressive. Those are some of the words professor Dan Urman’s students used to describe their recent field trip to the Harvard Marshall Forum, where they met current U.S. Supreme Court Justices Stephen Breyer and Neil Gorsuch. “It was an honor to…
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The Golden Stairs

In lieu of traditional lecture, on Tuesday, our class toured through the immigration history of East Boston. Walking through the streets of East Boston, looking out over the piers and docks to the gleaming skyline in the background, we literally traced the steps generations of immigrants have taken into our nation. Called the Ellis Island…
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This week, as Pride Month begins winding down, I want to talk about Pride. Specifically, I want to talk about the origins of Pride and how they do (or rather, don’t) relate to current trends within LGBT policy and the LGBTQ community as a whole. Pride Marches today are theoretically meant to be celebrations of…
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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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Alicia Sasser Modestino

How youth summer jobs can help drive down crime and launch careers

Labor economist Alicia Sasser Modestino is leading a multi-year study with the Boston Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development to shed light on what works for summer jobs programs, as well as what works for whom, under what conditions, and why.

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Kelley Turner

Master of Public Policy

Kelley Turner discusses the ways his military skills are relevant to his policy analysis studies, the hands-on work he is completing in classes, and how the MPP program will help him further his military career.

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