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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.


Client Meeting and Beyond

Thank you for joining us for the second installment of the Spring 2018 Capstone Blog! My name is Alex Berg and I’m in my final semester in the MPA program. I can’t think of a better way to close out my experience than to work with Ellie and the rest of our capstone team on…
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Building resilience to climate change

With millions of people facing the effects of climate change around the world—such as drought and famine—professor Daniel Aldrich says social ties play a role in how societies respond to these threats. In The Right Way to Build Resilience to Climate Change, published last month in Current History, Aldrich examines how social infrastructure can provide a framework for societies seeking to undertake radical transformation during the Anthropocene Era…
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Brennan Center for Justice hires MPA alumna after yearlong internship

Vienna Thompkins, MPA ’17, is getting ready to start her new role as a researcher at the Brennan Center for Justice on March 1, where she has been an intern since April 2017. In her new role, Thompkins will be transitioning from her current work on criminal justice debt, to working on crime and mass…
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Faculty in the Media: January 2018

The faculty at the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs continue to be reliable sources of expertise on current pressing issues. Below is a list of articles during the month of January that reference our knowledgeable staff and their research.  

The role of social ties in resilience

In a new paper, Northeastern expert Daniel Aldrich and co-authors Keiko Iwasaki and Yasuyuki Sawada explore the role of social capital in maintaining mental health among residents forced to leave their homes due to radioactive contamination after the March 2011 meltdowns at the Fukushima nuclear power plants in Japan. Published in October 2017 in Natural Hazards, Social capital as a shield against anxiety among displaced residents from Fukushima investigates the factors that could help reduce some of the mental strain and anxiety generated by surviving a nuclear plant meltdown. ..
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Ellie Rosen

Master of Public Administration; Graduate Certificate in the Nonprofit Sector, Philanthropy and Social Change

“Northeastern is known for the success of its graduates, and I’m seeing why so clearly being in this program ... I’m learning in a way that I’ve never learned or been challenged prior to being in graduate school.”

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Shalanda Baker

Professor of Law, Public Policy and Urban Affairs

Shalanda Baker is an expert in environmental and renewable energy law, sustainable development, administrative law, and international development. Here, she explains how she went from working at a law firm to conducting field research in Latin America and developing a research agenda focused on global energy transition, climate change, and indigenous rights.

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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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