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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.


Guest Column: A veteran’s reflection on Memorial Day

I discovered how policy directed each unit and command leading to my involvement within the Coast Guard’s Leadership and Diversity Advisory Council. This position was a springboard for my interest in public policy leading me to consider further graduate course work beyond my previously earned masters in China and California. Northeastern University’s unique interdisciplinary public policy program fuses quantitative and qualitative empirical methods with program evaluation and policy response techniques…
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Service-Learning Course Spotlight: Human Services Professions

Students in the Human Services Professions class share their thoughts of their three-month Service-Learning experience with community organizations around Boston…
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7 SPPUA professors win interdisciplinary grants

Several faculty in the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs have received Provost’s Tier 1 Interdisciplinary Seed Grants of approximately $50,000. The internal grants are designed to stimulate and support interdisciplinary research at Northeastern and to increase the competitiveness of external proposals.   Neighborhood Connectivity and Social Inequality: Urban Travel Imbalances Based on Google…
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PHOTOS: Class of 2017 graduate reception

Following graduate commencement on Friday, May 5, alumni and their families joined faculty and staff from the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs at the Raytheon Amphitheater for the Class of 2017 Graduation Reception. The annual event honors a select few who have distinguished themselves through their outstanding academic performance, strong leadership, and exceptional…
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Guest Column: Call to Keredari

PhD candidate Vijayeta Singh received the Junior Research Fellowship last year by the American Institute of Indian Studies to conduct field research for her dissertation on understanding local oppositions to land acquisition and displacement due to large scale coal mining in India. Here, she writes about her visit to the field site of Kerdeari…
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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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