A “Think and Do” Tank

The Kitty and Michael Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy, which is housed in the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs at Northeastern University, is equally committed to producing state-of-the-art applied research and implementing effective policies and practices based on that research.

The Center’s collaborative research and problem-solving model uses powerful data analysis, multidisciplinary research and evaluation techniques, and a policy-driven perspective to address critical challenges facing urban areas. Our goal is to integrate thought and action to achieve social justice through collaborative data-driven analysis and practice. We prepare emerging practitioners and academicians to transcend the mysteries and frustrations of successful urban policy-making.

Dukakis Center News

Modestino to lead NSF Grant on Accelerating the Future of Work in Response to COVID-19

This post originally appeared on the Northeastern University Department of Economics. A Northeastern University research team led by Alicia Sasser Modestino, Associate Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and Economics, has been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation in the amount of $199,651. The project is, Understanding Future Shifts in Technology Adoption in the…
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Ted Landsmark: “Complacency is the enemy of change.”

Dr. Ted Landsmark, director of the Dukakis Center, shares his perspectives and experiences from decades of civil rights activism in light of today’s protests and demonstrations. “Demonstrations do, in fact, lead to results.” Listen to the audio here.

Our Commitment to Racial Justice

During this time of widespread suffering and elevated outrage at the racial injustices of our society, the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs at Northeastern University is expanding our commitment to racial justice. As educators and researchers, our work can have positive impacts on developing strategies and solutions for addressing embedded issues of racism, and…
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01/08/2020 - 04/08/2020

Climate Change: A Course for Everyone

This spring’s Myra Kraft Open Classroom series is intended to promote climate change education, resilience, and action. We will examine the basic science of climate change, its local and global impacts on the natural world, the built environment, and humankind, and strategies for preventing its worst outcomes while preparing for those we can no longer…
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Freakonomics: Alicia Sasser Modestino

This recent Freakonomics Radio episode features Prof. Alicia Sasser Modestino recounting the timeline of the waves of opioid addiction in the U.S., and in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Listen to the rest of this episode ...

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Myra Kraft Open Classroom

A semester-long seminar series for students and the public

Where is America headed in the 2018 midterm elections—and beyond? Go inside the nation’s newsrooms as they cover the midterm elections and gear up for 2020.

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Multi-Year Evaluation of the Boston Youth Summer Employment Program

This project seeks to understand not only whether SYEP improve outcomes among youth, but also how these impacts are achieved and for whom these impacts are the greatest.

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