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Graduate Research Assistant - Community to Community: Climate and Housing Justice in Greater Boston

The SGA will work under the supervision of Dr. Patrice C Williams to support Community to Community (C2C), a new initiative at Northeastern University that is focused on conducting community engaged research with the goal of finding equitable solutions to local policy problems ( The SGA will work closely with Professor Williams along with other research team members to conduct community-driven research, which will include both studying the relationship between gentrification, risk of residential displacement, and climate change, as well as testing how different actors engaging in Greater Boston area real estate housing market are influencing neighborhood housing conditions for current residents. The SGA will assist with basic data collection from both primary (e.g., surveys, focus groups, and/or field work) and secondary (e.g., administrative) data for use in mixed methods and geospatial analyses. The SGA will be required to come to campus at least once per week for research team meetings with the option of working remotely on other days. There is the possibility of extending the project, if funding is available.

  • Location:

    Boston, Chelsea, Everett

  • Semester:

    Summer 2024


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  • Project Title

    Community to Community: Climate and Housing Justice in Greater Boston

  • Faculty / Project Lead

    Patrice C Williams

  • Project Description

    Funded by the Provost Office, C2C is an impact accelerator designed to bridge the gap between knowledge and practice to find equitable solutions to local policy problems across each of Northeastern’s global campus locations. With two initial hubs in Boston and Oakland, the C2C team plays a key role in helping create partnerships between researchers and policymakers (city departments, state agencies, and community-based organizations) to co-create data-driven policy analysis, co-design and implement policy solutions, and iterate on program evaluation and development to move the needle on society’s most pressing public problems such as crime, housing, public health, and workforce development.

  • Qualifications Necessary

    The ideal candidate will possess all of the required qualifications listed below plus one or two of the additional qualifications. Required Qualifications: • Possess an interdisciplinary focus and a demonstrated interest in community-engaged research with a passion for real-world impact • Attention to detail and organization are essential to ensure data integrity • Expert knowledge and experience programming in R to analyze large datasets, including spatial analyses and data visualizations • Excellent verbal and communication skills to facilitate client interactions • Deadline oriented to achieve external milestones required by funder or community partner Additional Qualifications: • Experience working in partnerships with states, cities, or community-based organizations to conduct impactful policy-relevant analysis. • Ability to create professional presentations for meetings with community partners • Able to write policy briefs for a lay audience

  • Hours per Week

    20 Hour Position