Educating Tomorrow's Global Leaders

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.


Are we human, or are we rational?

When you hear the word “economics,” what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Supply and demand? Interest rates? Maybe just complex graphs and configurations? You’re not to blame, but there’s a more approachable branch that we can explore: welfare economics. It’s how we evaluate the aggregate well-being of all of society, and how it can be improved or, yes, maximized. It’s the examination of efficiency versus equity (See “The Big Tradeoff”) and the study of how our government might have an opportunity (and an obligation) to step in and champion social welfare…
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Get to know LPP Minor alumnus Kevin Opoku-Gyamfi

“This is not a time for anybody to sit on the sidelines. People should really think hard and find ways to be involved. This is your world. You should make it the way you see fit,” says Northeastern University alumnus Kevin Opoku-Gyamfi…
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Award-winning monograph explores how to source and utilize data to improve cities

  In a new thought-provoking monograph, Dietmar Offenhuber, an architect, information designer and urban planner, challenges the way practitioners think about waste, infrastructure and urban governance. Published last month by MIT Press, Waste in Information: Infrastructure Legibility and Governance explores how data can be sourced, used and governed to improve cities. On Friday, Oct. 6,…
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Professor finds commonalities and similarities in dozens of Asian urban real estate megaprojects

  With the urban future of the world lying in rapidly growing cities in Asia, Africa and Latin America, a new book examines key questions of land rights at the center of the political battles that are shaping these cities. Gavin Shatkin, an associate professor in Northeastern’s School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, found…
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Guest Column: How my MPA helped me manage projects for Boston’s Housing Innovation Lab

  By Monique Gibbs This past spring, I was selected to be a Rappaport Public Policy Fellow, which allowed me to manage two exciting projects for the Housing Innovation Lab at the city of Boston’s Department of Neighborhood Development. The projects focused on improving constituent access to affordable housing resources. For instance, I created an…
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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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