Research Centers

The Brudnick Center on Violence and Conflict

The Brudnick Center on Violence and Conflict is an interdisciplinary institute whose mission is to provide the basis for preventing, reducing, and resolving dangerous and harmful forms of violence and conflict. To this end, the center seeks to contribute to Northeastern University’s broad research and educational mission by initiating research projects of national and international importance and by complementing the curricula that exists at the University. Since its inception in September 1998, the Brudnick Center has sponsored and developed many conferences including: The International Conference on Hate Crimes and the National Student Conference on Combating Prejudice and Hate on College Campuses. In addition, the center sponsors research in the areas of conflict and violence.

Kitty and Michael Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy

Under the direction of Professor Barry Bluestone, the Kitty and Michael Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy provides faculty, research fellows, and graduate and undergraduate students from across the university the opportunity to undertake applied research on a broad range of urban, regional, and metropolitan issues. Faculty and fellows associated with the center work closely with state and local government agencies, community organizations, and business and labor groups to address urban and regional concerns that range from housing and education to workforce development and the environment. The center uses greater Boston as a “laboratory” for analysis, policy development, and policy evaluation. The center has forged links with researchers at other universities within the metropolitan area as well as in other regions of the country and in Europe.

Northeastern Environmental Justice Research Collaborative

The Northeastern Environmental Justice Research Collaborative (NEJRC) is a research collaborative made up of scholars, activists, and policy makers in New England engaged in the study of political ecology and environmental justice. Located at Northeastern University in Boston, the collaborative works on a wide range of local, regional, national, and international topics and issues. Professor Daniel Faber “a long-time researcher and advocate around environmental justice” serves as the director.

NEJRC currently houses six distinct research projects the: (1) Philanthropy and Environmental Justice Research Project; (2) Climate Justice Project; (3) Massachusetts Environmental Justice Research Project; (4) National Project on Environmental Justice Politics, Policy, and Ethics; (5) Central American Environmental Policy Research Project; and (6) Globalization and Environmental Justice Research Project. Each project has a group of associates who are actively undertaking research related to that topic, and are committed to fostering policy proposals and other prescriptions around issues of environmental injustice. NEJRC is a member group of the New England Network of Environmental Justice Scholars.

Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute

The mission of the Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute (SSEHRI) is to conduct social science-oriented research, teaching, community engagement, and policy work in the area of environmental health. With four core faculty, affiliated faculty at Northeastern and other area universities, two postdocs, 12 graduate students, and 2 undergraduates, SSEHRI is a hub for collaborative environmental health learning and interest at NU. The Institute trains graduate students and postdocs for community based participatory research aimed at transforming and improving environmental health. At the same time, it provides faculty with a resource to further their existing efforts in those approaches. Integrating basic science, health science, sociology, science and technology studies, and community organizations, SSEHRI aims to develop novel approaches to studying environmental health questions, communication of environmental health data and conceptualization of environmental health socially, politically, and scientifically. SSEHRI has multiple grants from NIEHS, EPA, NIH, NSF, and the JPB Foundation.