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

In the Media: Alicia Sasser Modestino in The Boston Globe Magazine

The recent Boston Globe Magazine piece on rising housing costs compares Boston’s recent explosive growth to that of San Francisco’s. Prof. Alicia Sasser Modestino offers insight on opportunities for building affordable housing as the city evolves. Read the whole article here.  

The ROI of ESOL: The Economic and Social Return on Investment for ESOL Programs in Greater Boston

Recently, the Dukakis Center partnered with The Boston Foundation and The Latino Legacy Fund to conduct an analysis on the value of ESOL courses for Boston’s diverse populations. Prof. Alicia Sasser Modestino, associate director of the Dukakis Center, was the lead author on the report. Read the entire analysis here.

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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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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