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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.


Infrastructure, shallow earthquake contribute to Italian towns’ destruction

A building in Italy following an earthquake in recent years. Photo via iStock.   By Molly Callahan | news@Northeastern On Wednesday morning, cen­tral Italy was rocked by a dev­as­tating 6.2 mag­ni­tude earth­quake that killed at least 250 people and injured more than 365 others. Two small towns—Amatrice and Accumoli—were all but flat­tened by the quake, while…
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Final exam

Medford Square bus stop, which has been recently covered in yarn by a local group.   Today the windows in the office are open again. Instead of the soft and consistent whir of the air conditioning that has filled Room 204 all summer, the auditory backdrop to this morning has been the sounds of landscapers…
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Professor Hoff’s paper selected as runner up for Best Paper Award

Timothy Hoff’s paper presented at the 2016 Academy of Management Meeting in Anaheim, Calif., entitled, “Medical Home Implementation Gaps for Seniors: Perceptions and Experiences of Primary Care Medical Practices,” was selected as one of the runner ups for the Best Paper Award in the Healthcare Management Division of the Academy. It also appeared in the…
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3Qs: Campaign shake-up positions Trump to ‘win,’ regardless of election result

Dan Urman, a political science and public policy expert and assistant teaching professor at Northeastern, discusses the recent campaign moves and how the attention to Donald Trump’s “brand” may be a win for the candidate, even if he loses in November. Photo from iStock   By Northeastern News   Over the past week, Donald Trump…
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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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