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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.

SPPUA News

Examining Islamic State sanctuary maps

In a new paper published in the GeoHumanities Journal, professor Dietmar Offenhuber investigates the visual languages of maps depicting the Islamic State (IS) and their political implications…
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MPP student selected as 2018 VFW-SVA Legislative Fellow

Brian Walker has been selected as one of 10 veterans nationwide to receive the VFW-SVA Legislative Fellowship, a semester-long academic experience involving research, action, reporting, and advocating on behalf of one of four policy areas: veterans’ success in higher education; transitioning from military to civilian life; succeeding in the civilian workforce; and crafting the future of veterans’ health care. He submitted a policy proposal to address the future of veterans’ health care through federal legislative action…
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Guest Column: Student turns personal tragedy into opportunity to advance LGBTQ+ equality

On Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017 I hosted a legislative briefing session at the Massachusetts Statehouse with Representative Kay Khan to discuss the experiences of LGBTQ+ youth who are homeless or in foster care. More than 10 other state legislators joined the packed house chamber to hear from myself and the other panelists—LGBTQ foster parents and advocates—on how LGBTQ+ youth are treated in the Massachusetts foster care system administered by the Department of Children and Families…
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Kuhl leads climate change investment project in Haiti

Professor Laura Kuhl recently traveled to Port-au-Prince, Haiti to launch a new research project on the design of Haiti’s climate policies. The research, funded by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), will examine climate change investment priorities in Haiti, and synergies and tensions between mitigation and adaptation goals. The research will be conducted as part…
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Professor Eckelman wins Clemens Herschel Award

Professor Matthew Eckelman and his former PhD student Mithun Saha have recently won the Clemens Herschel Award from the Boston Society of Civil Engineers Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers for their 2014 Urban Climate paper entitled “Urban Scale Mapping of Concrete Degradation from Projected Climate Change.” The Clemens Herschel award is given…
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Spotlights

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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Evaristus Odinikaeze

Master of Public Policy

U.S. Coast Guard veteran Evaristus Odinikaeze is applying his interest in law, public policy and behavioral sciences to help improve and expand initiatives at All Dorchester Sports and Leadership. He received a prestigious fellowship from Mission Continues, an organization that empowers veterans to continue their service on the community level.

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