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

2019 Dukakis Conference Recap

  Climate change and social justice are inextricably linked. But climate resilience is rarely stated as a top priority by diverse, urban communities facing a multitude of social issues. On Friday, October 18, the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy brought together Northeastern faculty and industry experts to tackle how resilience planning can bridge…
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Director Ted Landsmark recognized by City of Boston

Congratulations to Dr. Ted Landsmark, director of the Dukakis Center, for his recent recognition by the City of Boston and Mayor Walsh. Dr. Landsmark was lauded for his decades of contributions to the city, including, but certainly not limited to, his dedication to organizations celebrating the arts, including the Museum of Fine Arts, and his…
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2019 Director’s Letter

What makes a city attractive? Strong employment and capital investment, good schools, accessible housing, verdant parks, resilient environments, joyful shopping and entertainment, excellent healthcare, safe neighborhoods, social and ethnic diversity that enhances creativity? Further, is it possible to build attractive cities and regions without driving out the residents and businesses that made those areas attractive…
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09/11/2019 - 12/04/2019

Myra Kraft Open Classroom Fall 2019

A longstanding tradition in the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, the Myra Kraft Open Classroom is a semester-long seminar series for the Northeastern community and the general public, and is hosted by the School of Public Policy & Urban Affairs. The series seeks to invite diverse audiences to converge around a central theme…
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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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