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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.

SPPUA News

SPPUA professor presents at U.S. Green Building Council Tech Forum

Dean’s Professor of Sustainability Science and Policy Jennie Stephens presented her research at the “Building Tech Forum: The Rise of the Smart Cities” on Feb. 16. In her remarks, she discussed the cultural and institutional change associated with the renewable energy transition, while pointing out that innovations in green building and smart communities are a…
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Professor Aldrich’s approach to disasters incorporated into new Portland planning document

The CityClub of Portland, Ore., has issued its new report “Big Steps Before the Big One: How the Portland area can bounce back after a major earthquake.” Rather than focusing, as is typical, on physical infrastructure, the report uses professor Daniel Aldrich‘s approach to disasters and adds in a focus on social infrastructure. “When a…
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Student Advocacy: Gun Violence Prevention Summit

I lost a loved one to a random act of gun violence when I was a young woman. In my grief and devastation, I learned about the movement against gun violence and became an advocate for gun violence prevention, and intersectionality became a touchstone of my organizing and advocacy…
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Volunteers sought for BARI’s Spring Conference

On March 9 and 10, the Boston Area Research Initiative (BARI) is hosting a conference to highlight the wide range of data-driven work occurring throughout the region and BARI is looking for a few student volunteers to help out during the event. The needs aren’t too labor intensive—BARI needs people to help with registration, manage…
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Spotlights

Anastasia Sobolina

MA in International Affairs

“I believe that earning a Master’s in International Affairs from the school I have dedicated my life to for the past four years is my opportunity to achieve my ultimate dream of working for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in my home country."

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Governance Project

Closing the loop between research and practice

Professors Stephen Flynn and Matthias Ruth and two doctoral students are assessing metro Boston’s interdependent energy and transportation sectors to identify a governance framework that would enhance resilience and regional institutional coordination.

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Dan O’Brien

The social and behavioral dynamics of urban neighborhoods

“We now have the opportunity to precisely understand patterns and processes, and what gives rise to those things that we all see and experience. And this knowledge directly informs how the policy maker might better serve the city.”

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