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The big trade-off

Capitalism—an economic system based on private ownership of production and distribution. The end game? Efficiency. Democracy—a political system of, by, and for the people. The end game? Equality. It’s no wonder why our capitalist democracy feels like an oxymoron. How can we possibly achieve equality when our economic institutions are designed to produce as quickly…
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Published On: September 19, 2017 |
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Photos: Fall 2017 Graduate Student Orientation

On Tuesday, Sept. 5, faculty and staff of the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs (SPPUA) welcomed new Huskies and those returning to campus at its Graduate Student Orientation. The event kicked off with an ice breaker introduction, followed by small group discussions and a campus tour. The orientation concluded with a welcome reception…
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Published On: September 6, 2017 |
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We are worth more

  This week, the nation celebrated Labor Day—some by cooking out with friends and family, some by going on strike to demand economic justice. (Of course, some were unable to celebrate at all). In Boston, workers, labor unions, community organizations, and faith groups marched from the Common to Copley to honor workers for their relentless…
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Published On: September 5, 2017 |
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New professor aims to understand dynamics of energy transition, climate change, and indigenous rights

Shalanda Baker, professor of law, public policy and urban affairs, is thrilled to join Northeastern’s School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs this fall for a selfish reason, she said. “I’ll have access to wonderful colleagues and students who apply different decision-making paradigms to solve complex problems,” said Baker, who holds a joint appointment with…
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Lowering the Bar: Research shows the ‘Walmart-ization’ of health care

  When health policy expert Timothy Hoff heard that his 90-year-old mother with dementia had fractured her left hip, her future became crystal clear: “She was about to become dependent on a fragmented, competitive system of health care payers and delivery organizations. She would traverse the modern elderly person’s trail of tears: from emergency room…
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Published On: September 4, 2017 |
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Advisory Committee: New academic year, new board

As we kick off the new academic year, we are pleased to spotlight new and returning members of our Advisory Committee, who are helping the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs continue advancing research that informs public policy across the Commonwealth, the nation, and the world. This month, we introduce you to Robert Fishman,…
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Published On: September 3, 2017 |
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Guest Column: Taking my research from classroom to conferences

  By Alex Rochefort Echo chambers. Political polarization. Personalized news feeds. Facebook algorithms. Perhaps you are familiar with some of these phrases. Over the past year, all have become closely associated with the state of social media and digital news consumption. They are also central elements of research I completed as a student in the…
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Published On: September 2, 2017 |
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Reflection: Zambia Dialogue of Civilizations

By Archana Apte This July, I traveled to Lusaka, Zambia to work in nonprofit management. I was expecting this Dialogue of Civilizations to be a fun opportunity to get my hands wet and learn about a new country. But, it wound up teaching me so much more than that. This Dialogue counted for my minor…
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Faculty in the Media: August 2017

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 August that reference our knowledgeable staff and their research.  

Published On: September 1, 2017 |
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MSUI alum brings data science, urban informatics to Argentinian university

  Urban planner and information technologist Antonio Vázquez Brust, MSUI ’17, is launching a brand new Data Lab at Universidad Torcuato Di Tella’s School of Government in Argentina. Vázquez Brust, a data science and data technology expert, is leading collaboration agreements with the city of Buenos Aires and other metropolitan authorities, positioning the lab as…
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Published On: August 31, 2017 |
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