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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.


Professor to speak at UN General Assembly on climate change, sustainable development

Northeastern University professor and climate change biologist Brian Helmuth will speak Thursday afternoon at a high-level meeting at the United Nations headquarters, where he will highlight his research and participate in a discussion on efforts worldwide to address climate change and meet global sustainable development goals…
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PhD alumnus accepts tenure-track position

A Law and Public Policy PhD alumnus will trade his current job as a senior researcher at the Institute for Applied Economic Research (Ipea), a government think-tank in Brazil, for a tenure-track faculty position at University of Oklahoma this summer. Fabio de Sa e Silva will join the College of International Studies and Department of…
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In the Classroom: Bureaucracy matters

  A School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs professor is on a mission to prove that bureaucracy matters. When Linda Kowalcky asked 18 graduate students enrolled in her “Strategizing Public Policy” course what went wrong with the proposed ban on refugees entering the U.S., they quickly identified the problem. “No one really knew what…
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Get to Know: Professor Christopher Bosso

Ever wondered what impacts public policy has on how we eat – and who decides? Professor Christopher Bosso sure does. That’s why he is tackling urban and social problems through his analysis of food politics. Bosso took a break from his research to chat about ideology, careers, and more. On ideology: I don’t care about…
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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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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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