Educating Tomorrow's Global Leaders

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.


SPPUA faculty recognized at CSSH Celebration

Several professors in the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs were honored at the 5th annual College of Social Sciences and Humanities Faculty and Staff Celebration.   2016 Intellectual Achievements Amílcar A. Barreto, Associate Professor and Director, MA in International Affairs James Alan Fox, Lipman Family Professor of Criminology, Law, and Public Policy Lori…
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Resilient Cities Lab team wins 2017 Latrobe Prize for ‘Future-Use Architecture’

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) College of Fellows announced today that a team of three faculty members from Northeastern University’s Resilient Cities Laboratory—housed in the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs—were selected to receive the 2017 Latrobe Prize for their study of “Future-Use Architecture.”..
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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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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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