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.


Dukakis Center Director’s Letter, 2019

What makes a city attractive? Strong employment and capital investment, good schools, accessible housing, verdant parks, resilient environments, joyful shopping and entertainment, excellent healthcare, safe neighborhoods, social and ethnic diversity that enhances creativity? Further, is it possible to build attractive cities and regions without driving out the residents and businesses that made those areas attractive…
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Data Training at Economic Mobility Pathways

The Boston Area Research Initiative (BARI) recently conducted a data training session for the staff of Economic Mobility Pathways (EMPath). At a monthly Outcomes Workgroup, a network of nonprofits convened by EMPath, Will Pfeffer, BARI program coordinator, and Riley Tucker, data consultant, presented customized training to EMPath that focused specifically on datasets surrounding income, housing…
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Feminism and Energy Justice: A Crossroads

Recently, director Jennie Stephens, along with former student Hannah Lyons and Global Resilience Institute colleague Liz Allen published an article discussing the role of women in the energy sector and how important their role is in the fight for energy justice. By examining the crucial role of women in leadership at two women-led climate-change-fighting institutions,…
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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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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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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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Anti-Oppression and Renewable Energy

Director Jennie Stephens' Keynote at IST 2019

Recently, SPPUA director Jennie Stephens gave a compelling keynote at the International Sustainability Transitions Conference in Ottawa. She explores the role of feminism in the fight for energy justice and its effects on marginalized populations.

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