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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.


New housing report shows growing economy, population and poverty

Since 2002, the annual Housing Report Cards, authored by researchers at the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy, have probed Greater Boston’s housing landscape, keeping tabs on housing construction, home prices, and rents. The 2016 Greater Housing Report Card, released Nov. 29 at an event at The Boston Foundation, presents research and analysis about housing, shifting demographics, and the ripple effects of other trends…
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Faculty in the Media: November 2016

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 November that reference our knowledgeable staff and their research.

3Qs: The nation’s environmental agenda under a Trump administration

Donald Trump has vowed to “rip up” the Paris cli­mate agree­ment, repeal the Clean Power Plan, and scrap NASA’s Earth sci­ence research while reviving the coal industry, approving the Key­stone XL pipeline, and expanding off­shore oil drilling. We asked Jennie Stephens, Dean’s Pro­fessor of Sus­tain­ability Sci­ence and Policy at Northeastern’s School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, to weigh in on what the nation’s envi­ron­mental agenda might look like under Trump’s leadership…
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Expressing gratitude

During the past week, I have had a few experiences that made me feel very grateful for the opportunities I have been given as a student in Boston. I know it’s a bit of a cliché, but hey, if we can’t be corny during Thanksgiving, when can we?..
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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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