Educating Tomorrow's Changemakers

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

Located in Boston, Massachusetts, the Northeastern University School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs is at the forefront of social and policy effect 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 have positive impacts wherever their careers take them, from local town offices and nongovernmental organizations to national governments and international institutions.


Greater Boston Housing Report Card 2019 Released

Continuing a longstanding partnership with the Boston Foundation, Dukakis Center associate director Alicia Sasser Modestino, as well as colleagues from the Boston Foundation, the MHP Center for Housing Data and the University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute have published the 16th Greater Boston Housing Report Card. Some highlights from the report include the exploration of the…
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Math to MPA: Keith Farrell ’18 Wins ICMA Fellowship

After graduating with his bachelor’s degree in math and political science and working for almost three years teaching high school math, Keith Farrell knew his next move: working in government. Transitioning from political organizing to field organizing, Keith eventually found his way here to the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs’ Master of Public…
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Faculty Member Alicia Sasser Modestino Shares Boston Youth Credit Building Initiative Report

At the Boston Builds Credit Year One Convening event, faculty member and Dukakis Center associate director Alicia Sasser Modestino shared her final report on the Boston Youth Credit Building Initiative (BYCI). Released by the Mayor’s Office of Financial Empowerment (OFE) in partnership with Citi Community Development and Working Credit NFP, the report evaluates BYCBI, a…
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2019 BARI Conference Recap

The Boston Area Research Initiative (BARI) recently hosted its annual conference, focusing this year on tackling social challenges and opportunities on a regional scale. Data and technology have long been used to solve problems affecting urban communities, but these challenges aren’t isolated to cities. The Smart, Connected Commonwealth: Data-Driven Research and Policy across the Region…
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End-of-Year Events: Capstone and Graduation

Congratulations to all of our SPPUA graduates on their capstone accomplishments and commencement. Capstone projects serve as an experiential culmination of our programs in SPPUA, and this year’s topics included (but were certainly not limited to) rainwater harvesting, digital literacy and substance use disorder. Read below for our end-of-year awards. Students had the opportunity to…
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10/18/2019 - 10/19/2019

Dukakis Center Conference on Climate Resilience and Community Engagement

Turning Up the Heat: Climate Resilience and Community Engagement Climate resilience is rarely stated as a top priority by diverse urban communities struggling with issues of housing affordability, economic mobility, education, food deserts, crime, opioid addiction, homelessness, and youth employment and training. Yet community engagement with climate resilience opens pathways to STEAM education, youth employment…
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Jennie C. Stephens

Director and Professor, School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs

"From our innovative master’s programs, to our unique PhD program, to our multiple undergraduate offerings, SPPUA continues to expand its reach."

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Monique Gibbs

Master of Public Administration, Graduate Certificate in Urban Studies

“The ‘Contemporary Community Development’ class really opened my eyes to the interconnected network of housing, education, economic development and the different actors involved in shaping the health and well-being of a community.”

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Antonio Vázquez Brust

Master of Science in Urban Informatics

“I view research projects as an integral part of my education. I learn way faster when I’m immersed in a project with tangible consequences.”

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Lauren Costello

Master of Science in Urban and Regional Policy

“The MS in Urban and Regional Policy program offered much of what I was looking for: experiential learning opportunities, applied research, and an incredibly engaged faculty.”

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