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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.


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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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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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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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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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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Theodore Landsmark

Director, Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy

Theodore C. Landsmark, a higher education visionary and public policy expert, assumed the role of director of the Dukakis Center April 1, 2017, bringing with him an outstanding record as an activist educator focused on urban design and diverse cultures.

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Alicia Sasser Modestino

How youth summer jobs can help drive down crime and launch careers

Labor economist Alicia Sasser Modestino is leading a multi-year study with the Boston Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development to shed light on what works for summer jobs programs, as well as what works for whom, under what conditions, and why.

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Kelley Turner

Master of Public Policy

Kelley Turner discusses the ways his military skills are relevant to his policy analysis studies, the hands-on work he is completing in classes, and how the MPP program will help him further his military career.

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