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Resilient Cities Lab team wins 2017 Latrobe Prize for ‘Future-Use Architecture’

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) College of Fellows announced today that a team of three faculty members from Northeastern University’s Resilient Cities Laboratory—housed in the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs—were selected to receive the 2017 Latrobe Prize for their study of “Future-Use Architecture.”..
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Published On: April 24, 2017 |
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International leaders highlight Global Resilience Institute’s vital role

Preparing for and adapting after real-world disasters requires research, collaboration, and forward-thinking—elements that the Global Resilience Institute brings to bear, and elements to which international leaders testified Tuesday. Or, as one post-9/11 researcher said, “One thing is for certain: The next thing that happens will not be the last thing that happens.”..
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Published On: April 14, 2017 |
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The Fukushima Effect: Decentralization and Diversification

The 11 March 2011 triple disasters in Japan brought with them tremendous tragedy: 18,500 people killed, hundreds of billions of dollars in cleanup and decommissioning costs, and ongoing radiation leaks at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant. But they have also opened up an unforeseen policy window in the field of energy. ..
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Published On: April 13, 2017 |
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What are the benefits of summer youth employment programs? Professor Modestino answers

Mayors in many cities throughout the U.S., including Boston, Chicago, New York, and Washington, D.C., have looked to summer youth employment programs (SYEP) as a potential way to address the decline in teen employment as well as concerns regarding youth violence prevention. Northeastern labor economist Alicia Sasser Modestino is leading a multi-year study with the…
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Published On: April 6, 2017 |
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Spring 2017 Capstone: Get to know the teams

Students in the final stage of their graduate education at the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs (SPPUA) are putting learning into action. Working in small interdisciplinary teams, they are applying the knowledge they’ve acquired in the classroom to address challenging, client-oriented capstone projects. With less than a month until graduation, the teams are…
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Published On: April 5, 2017 |
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Guest Column: The green wall against Trump

On March 28, President Donald Trump signed an executive order to repeal President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan, which mandated emission reductions from power companies (an estimated 650 megatons by 2025 alone). Given that 29 states plus Washington D.C. have set requirements to adopt more renewable energy (known as renewable portfolio standards), how much impact will this move have?..
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Published On: April 4, 2017 |
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Guest Column: SPPUA student capstone at forefront of D.C. roundtable

A fall 2016 capstone team from the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs presented at “Leaving Money on the Table: The Challenge of Unspent Federal Grants,” a Washington D.C. roundtable co-hosted by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. Here, Betsy Gardner, a member of the group, recounts her experience. ..
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Creating low carbon cities

How do we create low carbon cities? Matthias Ruth, director of the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs (SPPUA) at Northeastern University, provides answers in his new book, Creating Low Carbon Cities. Published in March 2017, the 16-chapter manuscript was edited by Ruth, who is the director of the MS in Urban Informatics Program,…
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Published On: April 3, 2017 |
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The role of social networks in Japan’s 3/11 disasters

On March 27, Daniel Aldrich visited IRIDeS and presented a lecture entitled “The Role of Social Networks in Japan’s 3/11 Disasters.” This event is the first in a new DRM Colloquium series, and was attended by more than 20 people, including faculty and students from Tohoku University and other visitors…
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Published On: April 2, 2017 |
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MPA alumnus joins Pew Charitable Trusts

Nick Dantzer, MPA ’12, recently joined The Pew Charitable Trusts in Washington D.C. as a manager of state policy, where he will help manage the Pew-MacArthur Results-First Initiative. The Results First Initiative, a project of The Pew Charitable Trusts and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, works with states and localities to implement…
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Published On: April 1, 2017 |
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