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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.


Report provides timely cost estimates on paid leave ballot question

Massachusetts voters may head to the polls next fall to decide whether to make paid family and medical leave a required benefit, and a new report released by Northeastern University and the McCormack Graduate School’s Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy provides them with clear estimates on the proposed program’s costs and coverage….
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The bottom line

The bottom line is: good politics is good economics. The two cannot be divorced. In order to be an effective public servant, one must have a firm understanding of the costs and benefits of a policy, and how to argue for its passage and implementation when budget constraints are as real as ever. Professor Alicia Sasser Modestino’s “Economic Analysis for Law, Policy, and Planning,” taught us just that. ..
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Guest Column: How Northeastern’s School of Public Policy has equipped me to be an agent of change

Victoria Meléndez recounts her first year of graduate school: “Coming into the MURP program I knew to expect academic rigor, stimulating debate and an overall expansion of my knowledge of urban and regional policy. What I did not expect was the many ways in which engaging with Northeastern University would have ripple effects in so many other areas of my life for the better.”..
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Get to Know: Erica Melito, LPP minor alumna

Erica Melito attended Northeastern from 2010 to 2014, graduating with a BS in Political Science and a Minor in Law and Public Policy. She is currently working at Bain Capital as a legal affairs associate in the Capital Markets team where on a team of five, only herself and one other person are not lawyers. Here, Melito chats about law school, the legal field, and the LPP minor. ..
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Information designer explores improvisational governance in Manila’s streetlight modernization

Dietmar Offenhuber, a Northeastern architect, information designer and urban planner, and MIT’s Katja Schechtner have teamed up to explore social practices surrounding the provision and modernization of streetlights and electricity in Paco, Manila. The duo has proposed a model of infrastructure governance that is based on the concept of improvisation, developing the notion of improstructure…
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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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Evaristus Odinikaeze

Master of Public Policy

U.S. Coast Guard veteran Evaristus Odinikaeze is applying his interest in law, public policy and behavioral sciences to help improve and expand initiatives at All Dorchester Sports and Leadership. He received a prestigious fellowship from Mission Continues, an organization that empowers veterans to continue their service on the community level.

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