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

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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COP25 Dispatch: The Cognitive Dissonance of COP25

By Carlie Clarcq, Political Science — As my week at COP wraps up, I have spent a lot of time reflecting on my experience. I have learned so much, and have had the opportunity to attend many different events focused on topics I didn’t know much about before, such as sustainable food systems, including gender…
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COP25 Dispatch: Women Are Leading the Conversation

By Noa Dalzell, Political Science and International Affairs — As my days have passed here at COP25, I’ve grown increasingly comfortable and excited to be in Madrid for the United Nations Climate Change Conference. I’ve found my time here to be incredibly informative and inspiring, and have wanted to attend absolutely everything, typically getting to…
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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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01/21/2020

SPPUA in Action: Northeastern Delegates Reflect on the December 2019 UN Climate Negotiations

If you can’t join us in person, tune in via our live-stream. (You do not need to be a member of Facebook to join in.)

02/18/2020

Prof. Chris Bosso: Considering the Last Mile Problem in Food System Resilience

Talk given by Prof. Christopher Bosso, Professor of Public Policy, Associate Director of the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs

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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Spotlights

Bidisha Das, Urban Informatics Student

Bidisha Das, Urban Informatics Student

Urban Informatics student Bidisha Das wanted to combine both social sciences and data in her studies. "I am from a social science background but wanted to get ex...

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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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