At the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, we drive interdisciplinary thinking and problem solving on issues of pressing and emerging concern to society at local, state, national, and international levels.
Our degree and certificate programs, cutting-edge research centers, and international exchange experiences are putting into place the intellectual and institutional infrastructure required to create lasting solutions for social, economic and environmental challenges, and to generate positive impact in the classroom, city hall, boardroom, neighborhood, and around the world.
Justin de Benedictis-Kessner, postdoctoral research associate at SPPUA’s Boston Area Research Initiative, has recently published a study that looks at train delays in Boston and the issue of accountability. Benedictis-Kessner surveyed MBTA riders and used their CharlieCard numbers to get data for the on-time performance of the trains they had ridden. He found that delays…
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Congratulations to recent alumnus Ignacio Chaparro for joining the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education (DHE) as a Project Specialist! Chaparro graduated in May with a Master of Public Administration (MPA) and joined the DHE in June where he manages key initiatives, provides background research, and helps develop policy recommendations. He also facilitates academic program quality,…
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In 1997, professor Daniel Aldrich completed an internship at the Japanese firm Pasona Group Inc., where he was tasked with helping to rebuild Kobe after a massive earthquake. Now, Pasona has named him “Alumni of the Year” for his contributions. “This was my first time working on the issue of disasters and helped me get…
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The faculty at the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs continue to be reliable sources of expertise on current pressing issues. Below is a list of articles during the month of June that reference our knowledgeable staff and their research.
The faculty at the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs continue to be reliable sources of expertise on current pressing issues. Below is a list of articles during the month of May that reference our knowledgeable staff and their research.
“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.”Read more »