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

Our Commitment to Racial Justice

During this time of widespread suffering and elevated outrage at the racial injustices of our society, the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs at Northeastern University is expanding our commitment to racial justice. As educators and researchers, our work can have positive impacts on developing strategies and solutions for addressing embedded issues of racism,…
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William T. Grant and Spencer Foundations Award Rapid Response Research Grants to Combat Youth Inequality Exacerbated by the COVID-19 Pandemic

This release was originally shared by the William T. Grant Foundation. The William T. Grant Foundation and the Spencer Foundation today announced two new Rapid Response Research grants, which will support collaborations between researchers and policymakers, with the central goal of reducing inequality in youth outcomes in the United States. With resource shortfalls and shifting…
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Do heat advisories increase medical emergencies? Depends on where you live.

Climate change activism has raised awareness about concerns all over the globe: shrinking glaciers, interruptions in ecosystems, extreme weather patterns, just to name a few. But there are pressing concerns right in our own neighborhoods. An important connection to make, climate change and environmental issues directly affect public health. For example, the COVID-19 crisis is…
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Social Impact Lab awards $30,000 to Boston nonprofits addressing the COVID-19 pandemic

Working in partnership with Human Services and University Scholars, Social Impact Lab (SIL) programs have awarded over $50,000 to Boston nonprofits addressing COVID-19’s devastating impact in Boston and an NGO that empowers women and girls in Mumbai. Over 60 Northeastern students and alumni spent last week researching and funding Boston nonprofits supporting families hit especially…
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Faculty in the News: March & April 2020

Joan Fitzgerald in The American Prospect: Cleaner Air Should Not Require Sheltering in Place Daniel O’Brien in Landscape Architecture Magazine: In Public: Boston Brian Helmuth in The New York Times: A Forest Submerged 60,000 Years Ago Could Save Your Life One Day Daniel Aldrich in The Los Angeles Times: Isolation is hazardous to your health. The…
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Events

04/24/2020 - 05/15/2020

The 2020 BARI Conference, Reimagined

What does a conference look like in a time when in-person gatherings are impossible, but community and innovative public policy are more important than ever? We’re moving the 2020 BARI Conference online, featuring one panel every Friday throughout the summer. We’ll be announcing the series in one-month blocks, starting today! Each panel will be presented as…
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Spotlights

Video: Overview of SPPUA Graduate Programs

This video is a brief overview of our programs in the School of Public Policy & Urban Affairs at Northeastern University, as well as FAQs, admissions requirements, and other helpful information. Prospective students, please utilize this video in lieu of our Welcome Day events. Stay safe and heal...

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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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