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Message from the Director

Welcome to the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, where we drive interdisciplinary thinking and problem solving on issues of pressing concern to society at local, state, national, and international level – from transportation, housing, energy and community development to social and environmental justice, resilience and sustainability.

By educating students in both theory and practice, we prepare them to become effective contributors to social, economic, and environmental change, in careers spanning the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, as well as academic research.

Our degree, certificate and international exchange programs, and cutting-edge research centers are putting into place the intellectual and institutional infrastructure required to create lasting solutions for social, economic and environmental challenges.

Through our signature public events—Myra Kraft Open Classroom and Lives in Law and Policy Speaker Series—our community partnerships, and Northeastern’s signature Cooperative Education Experience, we generate a positive impact on people, be they in the classroom, city hall, boardroom, neighborhood, or around the world.

I welcome you to visit with us, work with us, learn with us, and change the world with us.

Jennie C. Stephens
PhD, California Institute of Technology