Educating Tomorrow's Changemakers

A commitment to career-focused education and policy-relevant research in service to the public good

Located in Boston, the Northeastern University School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs is at the forefront of social and policy effects in a dynamic urban setting. Our degree programs, research centers and broad array of experiential learning opportunities enable our students to hone their skills and make positive impacts wherever their careers take them, from local town offices and nongovernmental organizations to national governments and international institutions.

SPPUA News

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.

Myra Kraft Open Classroom: Experience the World’s First Interactive Climate Change Cartoon-athon

Co-designing Cartoons to Enrich Learning and Dialogue Presented in partnership with Cartoon Collections, the world’s largest cartoon licensing website Cartoons illuminate the incomprehensible by highlighting what is unacceptable yet accepted. Can they help us make sense of a world in the throes of climate change? On Wednesday, February 12, world-class artists and humorists will collaborate with…
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Alumni Spotlight: Katie Kalugin, MPP ’18

Katie Kalugin, a former Master of Public Policy student and 2018 graduate, recently started working for the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (MBTA) as a Transit Equity Programs Specialist. We touched base with her recently about her new job and how her experiences in SPPUA helped impact her work today. I’m curious as to why you…
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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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COP25 Dispatch: The Last(ish) Day of COP25

By Cecelia Bolon, Environmental Studies — Friday was my last day at COP25. The tension and frustration surrounding the negotiations was especially palpable as the final hours of the conference passed. Negotiations were closed, so as an observer I relied on word of mouth, press conferences, and stock-taking plenaries (open updates from the Chilean COP…
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Events

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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02/26/2020

SPPUA in Action: Politics within the State: Bureaucratic Structure and Bureaucratic Performance in Adolescent Democracies

Speaker: Ioana Petrescu, Harvard Kennedy School Synopsis: This is a chapter in the book “Democracy and Delivery: The Devil is in the Details,” in which I explore good practices in the delivery of public goods and services in a new category of democracy, neither nascent nor old, that I call an adolescent democracy. In this…
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03/16/2020

Making Our Neighborhoods, Making Ourselves with George Galster

Author Talk: Making Our Neighborhoods, Making Our Selves with George Galster Join us for a book talk by George Galster, PhD who will delve deep into the question of whether American neighborhoods are as efficient and equitable as they could be—socially, financially, and emotionally—and, if not, what we can do to change that. Galster aims…
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03/17/2020

China’s National Urbanization Program: Planning the End of the Village



Part of our Urban Transformations Lecture Series, sponsored by the MS in Urban Planning and Policy Program of the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and the School of Architecture The past two decades have seen an epochal shift in China’s urban-rural relations, with new state-led development programs aiming for the near-total urbanization of…
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03/19/2020

#Feminism: Gender and the 2020 Election

Celebrate Women’s History Month and fight the patriarchy at the seventh annual WGSS Program Women’s History Month Symposium, #Feminism: Gender and the 2020 Election. This year’s event features keynote speaker Zerlina Maxwell, MSNBC political analyst and director of Progressive Programming at Sirius XM radio as well as a mix of academics, activists, and journalists in conversation…
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Spotlights

Freakonomics: Alicia Sasser Modestino

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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