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More than 10 years of commitment to excellence and use-inspired research

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.


Guest Column: Reflecting on my dissertation field work in India

By Vijayeta Singh, Candidate, PhD in Law and Public Policy My much-awaited five-month dissertation field work trip to India began in October of 2017. My goal was to conduct 300 household surveys and more than 30 personal interviews with the Project Affected Families impacted by two captive coal mining and power projects in the district…
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4 SPPUA professors receive 2018 GRI seed grants

Four professors in the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs (SPPUA) have received seed grants for their interdisciplinary research projects from Northeastern University’s Global Resilience institute. This award supports eight cross-college, interdisciplinary Northeastern teams—four of which include SPPUA faculty—that show a strong potential for attracting external funding after two years of internal development. The…
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Professor Bosso appointed SPPUA associate director

Professor Christopher Bosso has a new role within the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs: associate director for academic affairs. Collaborating closely with faculty, staff and the School’s new director, Jennie Stephens, he is leading curriculum, course planning, and administration. Bosso, who has taught at Northeastern University since 1984, assumed the new role in…
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Research on the fossil fuel divestment movement

As Ireland recently became the first country in the world to commit to fossil fuel divestment, research at the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, in conjunction with the Union of Concerned Scientists, explores the role of faculty in campus divestment activism. ..
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2 join SPPUA Advisory Committee

The School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs is delighted to welcome two new members to our Advisory Committee: Elizabeth Henry and Lauren Liss. A proven corporate sustainability leader and president of the Environmental League of Massachusetts, Elizabeth Henry makes the economic case for the Bay State to lead the nation in environmental quality, innovative…
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Jennie C. Stephens

Director and Professor, School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs

"From our innovative master’s programs, to our unique PhD program, to our multiple undergraduate offerings, SPPUA continues to expand its reach."

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Monique Gibbs

Master of Public Administration, Graduate Certificate in Urban Studies

“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.”

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Antonio Vázquez Brust

Master of Science in Urban Informatics

“I view research projects as an integral part of my education. I learn way faster when I’m immersed in a project with tangible consequences.”

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Lauren Costello

Master of Science in Urban and Regional Policy

“The MS in Urban and Regional Policy program offered much of what I was looking for: experiential learning opportunities, applied research, and an incredibly engaged faculty.”

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