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 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 make positive impacts wherever their careers take them, from local town offices and nongovernmental organizations to national governments and international institutions.


Faculty in the Media: October 2019

Alicia Sasser Modestino in The New York Times: Women Are Missing at Central Banks Alicia Sasser Modestino in Bloomberg: Lagarde or Not, Women Still Face Discrimination in Economics David Lazer in News@Northeastern: David Lazer named 2019 Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration for his work on technology and Democracy Dan O’Brien in News@Northeastern: What the…
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Student Spotlight: Bidisha Das

Here’s a profile of Bidisha Das, an Urban Informatics student who is excited for the opportunity to combine social sciences and data. Name: Bidisha Das Program: M.S., Urban Informatics Hometown: New Delhi, India What made you decide to pursue your degree? I am from a social science background but wanted to get exposure to the…
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Turning Up the Heat: 2019 Dukakis Center Fall Conference

  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, local experts, and community activists to tackle how resilience planning…
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Professor David Lazer: Technology and Democracy

Professor David Lazer, affiliate faculty in the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, was recently named a 2019 Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. Lazer’s research explores the complex and oft-fraught relationship between technology and democracy and alternatives to the status quo, such as more interpersonal approaches for politicians to engage with their constituents,…
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Faculty in the Media: September 2019

David Lazer in News@Northeastern: David Lazer named 2019 Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration for his work on technology and Democracy James Alan Fox in The Charleston Gazette: Video games link to shootings is an old claim not backed by research Dan O’Brien in News@Northeastern: What the 311 system can tell us about…
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09/11/2019 - 12/04/2019

Myra Kraft Open Classroom: Fall 2019

A longstanding tradition in the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, the Myra Kraft Open Classroom is a semester-long seminar series for the Northeastern community and the general public, and is hosted by the School of Public Policy & Urban Affairs. The series seeks to invite diverse audiences to converge around a central theme…
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Renewable Transformation for Climate Resilience

Given by Jennie Stephens, Dean’s Professor of Sustainability Science and Policy; Director of the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, Northeastern University


Call for Abstracts: Framing SNAP

Call for Abstracts Framing SNAP: Perspectives on the Nation’s Largest, Least-loved, and Most Enduring Food Assistance Program March 19-20, 2020 Northeastern University Boston The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as the Food Stamp Program, is a means-tested entitlement authorized under the Food Stamp Act of 1964. However, the current system’s outlines go back…
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Jeanelle Angus, MPA Student

We’re excited to share a profile of MPA student Jeanelle Angus, who talks about how her involvement in on- and off-campus organizations enriches her Northeastern experience.   Name: Jeanelle C.K. Angus Program: Master of Public Administration, Mart...

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Why Study Public Policy?

The economy, education, health care, transportation, housing, the environment, energy, jobs — virtually every aspect of daily life is affected by public policy decisions at all levels of government activity. W Who makes important policy decisions, in what manner, and based on what evidence or c...

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