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More than 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.


Podcast: Has primary care been Amazon-ized?

In a podcast, health care expert Timothy Hoff discusses his new book, Next in Line: Lowered Care Expectations in the Age of Retail – and Value-Based Health, and the implications of the continuing erosion of the doctor-patient relationship…
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Get your money’s worth

As activists across the Commonwealth are sorting through petitions in order to ensure the $15 minimum wage is on the ballot next November, some might be wondering, “will we get our money’s worth?” So, let’s reflect on how minimum wage policies have played out in the past. ..
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Photos: 2017 faculty book launch

On November 13, members of the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs came together to celebrate the work of seven faculty members who published thought-provoking and award-winning books in 2017. Here are photos from the event as well as brief synopses of all eight books…
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Northeastern expert writes first review of new energy democracy movement

Northeastern sustainability expert Jennie Stephens examines the energy democracy agenda in the United States in hopes of giving voice to an emerging movement that links social justice and equity with energy innovation…
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Panel: Making better decisions using data to enhance workforce development, neighborhood improvements, and school safety

SPPUA Director Matthias Ruth chaired a panel at the Association of Public Policy and Management (APPAM) annual research conference this month in Chicago, featuring research by SPPUA professors Alicia Sasser Modestino on impacts of summer youth employment programs on job-preparedness and crime and Dan O’Brien on the use of 311 call data for neighborhood infrastructure…
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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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