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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.


Faculty in the Media: May 2018

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 May that reference our knowledgeable staff and their research.  

10 years of ‘learning to give, giving to learn’

They call themselves Northeastern Students4Giving (NS4G). Their motto is “learning to give, giving to learn.” And their mission is to make a positive and lasting impact in Boston communities through grant making. Ten years ago, when SPPUA’s Rebecca Riccio launched NS4G, an experiential philanthropy education program that combines rigorous academic content with real-dollar grant making,…
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PhD candidate receives Asian Studies Research Award

Vaishali Kushwaha, a PhD candidate in the Law and Public Policy Program, has been awarded the Hong Liu Asian Studies Research Award for her dissertation research on water supply sustainability in rapidly urbanizing India. The award, given by the Center for International Affairs and World Cultures at Northeastern University, supports Asian histories, cultures, societies, and…
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Guest Column: ‘My degree has helped me become a more well-rounded public servant’

Jatnna Garcia, MA in International Affairs ’18, explains how her Northeastern education has helped her become a more well-rounded public servant, by combining theory with practice and giving her a broader perspective on the effects of policy decisions on different marginalized communities…
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Graduate Commencement Celebration & Awards Luncheon

On Friday, May 4, 54 SPPUA graduate students received their diplomas. Prior to commencement, students and their families joined faculty and staff at the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs for an Awards Luncheon. The annual event honors a select few who have distinguished themselves through their outstanding academic performance, strong leadership, and exceptional…
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Jennie C. Stephens

Director and Professor, School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs

"From our innovative master’s programs, to our unique PhD program, to our multiple undergraduate offerings, SPPUA continues to expand its reach."

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Monique Gibbs

Master of Public Administration, Graduate Certificate in Urban Studies

“The ‘Contemporary Community Development’ class really opened my eyes to the interconnected network of housing, education, economic development and the different actors involved in shaping the health and well-being of a community.”

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Antonio Vázquez Brust

Master of Science in Urban Informatics

“I view research projects as an integral part of my education. I learn way faster when I’m immersed in a project with tangible consequences.”

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Lauren Costello

Master of Science in Urban and Regional Policy

“The MS in Urban and Regional Policy program offered much of what I was looking for: experiential learning opportunities, applied research, and an incredibly engaged faculty.”

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