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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.


Adapting to a different higher education system

Whenever people from back home ask me how things are going here in Boston and what I am up to, I almost always need to include that I am working a lot for school. Most of my weekdays are filled with reading articles and writing policy memos. The amount of work and the system of classes here is very different from what I am used to…
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Boston Area Research Initiative has new home

Starting this fall, the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs (SPPUA) at Northeastern University officially became the administrative home for the Boston Area Research Initiative (BARI), an interuniversity partnership that produces original urban research with an emphasis on novel digital data. Launched in 2011 at the Academic Ventures program of Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute…
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Professor Mann co-writes survey of Massachusetts college access, success programs

Emily Mann, teaching professor in the Human Services Program and senior research associate at the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy, recently co-wrote a comprehensive survey exploring college access programs in the Bay State. “Bridges and Barriers: A Survey of Massachusetts College Access & Success Programs” delves into the challenges facing under-represented students in…
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Student Spotlight: Using public data to predict blazes in Boston

Kit Miller, a software engineer by trade, is coupling his knowledge of coding and web-based software with urban informatics to predict fires in Boston. “In my career as a software developer, I have done a lot of work that is technically challenging and intellectually stimulating, but I have never felt like the work was very meaningful in the world beyond whatever company I’ve worked for. The Urban Informatics Program offered me a path toward a new career that could be both intellectually challenging and meaningful for me.”..
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Ben Hoffman

M.S. in Urban Informatics

"For most of my life I have had to choose between a career that has meaning and one that pays the bills. This program represents an opportunity to find one that does both."

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Elizabeth Giardino

M.S. in Urban and Regional Policy

"I loved the idea of taking really rigorous research and analysis and applying this in a meaningful way to the problems metropolitan areas are facing right here and now."

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Michael Dukakis

Professor and former Massachusetts Governor

“The School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs has been doing some of the best research anywhere on the key issues that face the Commonwealth and its communities.”

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