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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.


Increasing the sustainability and resilience of coastal communities by improving tide gate operation

Improving the operation of tide gates to better protect people and ecosystems is the focus of a three-year project recently funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Global Resilience Institute (GRI) Associate Director Mark Patterson will work alongside Northeastern professors Brian Helmuth and Loretta Fernandez on the tide gate management study, in the town of Revere, at tide gates in Marshfield and at a control site, in Plum Island…
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From program evaluation to outreach and engagement

Working on and completing the program evaluation assignment for Emerge MA was an incredible way to gain an extensive understanding of the organization’s operations and its direct impact on participants. For the organization, this assignment exposed areas for improvement, mainly in logistics and planning of trainings (some participants felt the trainings were too long and…
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On Strategy

Strategy. In the legal and policy worlds, it’s something we talk about a lot. This past spring, I even had an entire class dedicated to it in “Strategizing Public Policy.” In law—especially constitutional law, although this isn’t an issue limited to that subject—we talk about litigation strategy, which has nearly as much to do with…
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The work goes on

Thursday, June 29, last class of “Immigration and Urban America,” was a night to reflect on our semester. This is the last post of AlieNation… When the Boston Pops Orchestra’s commanding melody of the “Star Spangled Banner” and fireworks illuminated the Esplanade last week on Tuesday, July 4, we celebrated the 241st year of our…
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It’s not about cultural competence

I would like to preface this entry by saying that education/training/messaging is absolutely an important part of passing and sustaining LGBT-supportive policies. Cultural competence—being able to understand the roles certain identities play in people’s lives—is something we should strive for across all identity categories. However, I can’t count the number of times I’ve been in…
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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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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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Vienna Thompkins

Master of Public Administration, Graduate Certificate in Data Analytics

Vienna Thompkins is applying the knowledge she has acquired through the MPA Program and the Graduate Certificate in Data Analytics to conduct a fiscal analysis of the use of fees and fines in the criminal justice system.

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