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SPPUA professor presents at U.S. Green Building Council Tech Forum

Dean’s Professor of Sustainability Science and Policy Jennie Stephens presented her research at the “Building Tech Forum: The Rise of the Smart Cities” on Feb. 16. In her remarks, she discussed the cultural and institutional change associated with the renewable energy transition, while pointing out that innovations in green building and smart communities are a…
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Published On: February 24, 2017 |
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Professor Aldrich’s approach to disasters incorporated into new Portland planning document

The CityClub of Portland, Ore., has issued its new report “Big Steps Before the Big One: How the Portland area can bounce back after a major earthquake.” Rather than focusing, as is typical, on physical infrastructure, the report uses professor Daniel Aldrich‘s approach to disasters and adds in a focus on social infrastructure. “When a…
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Student Advocacy: Gun Violence Prevention Summit

I lost a loved one to a random act of gun violence when I was a young woman. In my grief and devastation, I learned about the movement against gun violence and became an advocate for gun violence prevention, and intersectionality became a touchstone of my organizing and advocacy…
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Published On: February 17, 2017 |
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Volunteers sought for BARI’s Spring Conference

On March 9 and 10, the Boston Area Research Initiative (BARI) is hosting a conference to highlight the wide range of data-driven work occurring throughout the region and BARI is looking for a few student volunteers to help out during the event. The needs aren’t too labor intensive—BARI needs people to help with registration, manage…
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Published On: February 15, 2017 |
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Science and politics: Finding common ground

Science and politics: The relationship is hotly debated in the news these days, with both lawmakers and the public noting a great divide between support for research among Republicans and Democrats. But two papers by Northeastern researchers point to a subtler—more conciliatory— conclusion…
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Published On: February 14, 2017 |
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Collaborative project aims at educating the public on effects of global climate change

A professor and PhD student in the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs (SPPUA) have partnered with the Museum of Science in Boston and Arizona State University to create visualizations that communicate threats from climate change. Brian Helmuth, professor of environmental science and public policy, Francis Choi, senior lab technician at Northeastern’s Helmuth Lab, and David Sittenfeld, forum program manager at the Museum of Science and a student in SPPUA’s PhD in Law and Public Policy, are developing scenarios and visualizations to communicate climate change vulnerabilities and engage hundreds of participants around the country in thinking about potential economic, social and environmental impacts of proposed resilience strategies for four environmental climate-related hazards: drought, heat waves, sea level rise, and extreme precipitation…
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Published On: February 7, 2017 |
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In the Classroom: Students gain understanding of U.S. housing policy, politics of affordable housing

Housing is an essential human need and a critical sector of the United States economy. And students in professor Len Albright’s “Housing Policy” course are examining key policies at the national, state and local levels, and how they are implemented on the ground. Every Thursday, nine students gather in a room in Ryder Hall to examine the economic, social, and legal underpinnings of housing policy in the United States across a variety of topics. ..
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Published On: February 6, 2017 |
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Guest Column: 5 benefits of studying abroad in grad school

One of the reasons I chose to study at Northeastern was because of the Amsterdam exchange program. If you studied abroad as an undergrad, you likely know how fulfilling it is to live in a foreign city surrounded by different people and to learn in an exciting (and at times challenging) new culture. Studying abroad as a graduate student offers the same experiences and a few new ones. ..
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How universities respond to fossil fuel divestment

Jennie Stephens, Dean’s Professor of Sustainability Science and Policy, has produced a comprehensive review of how universities are responding to calls to divest from fossil fuel. In “Divestment & Investment: Strategic Financial Decisions in Higher Education to Promote Societal Change Toward Sustainability,” Stephens and co-authors highlight the potential for universities to take a leadership role…
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Published On: February 5, 2017 |
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Creating community resilience in Japan

Professor Daniel Aldrich, director of the Masters in Security and Resilience Studies, and co-author Emi Kiyota have teamed up to work on a program intervention initially based in Japan known as Ibasho, or “my place.” Their project sought to see if it was possible to deliberately create social ties in post-disaster environments when people were…
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Published On: February 4, 2017 |
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