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Professor Dan O’Brien Publishes New Book on the Urban Commons

Dan O’Brien, Associate Professor in the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice and Co-Director of BARI, recently published his book The Urban Commons: How Data and Technology can Rebuild our Communities. The future of smart cities has arrived, courtesy of citizens and their phones. To prove it,…
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Published On: November 14, 2018 |
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Guest Column: Exploring Economics, Public Policy, and Cross-Regional Experiences with a PhD

By Shirley Liu, PhD Candidate, Public Policy My interest and career choice in urban and regional policy is not an accident, but rather heavily influenced by my upbringing. I was born in a rural township in China and raised by my grandparents in a relatively small urban area located in the northern edge of Guangdong…
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Published On: November 13, 2018 |
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Professor Boeing: SPPUA ‘felt like a perfect fit’

For Geoff Boeing, Northeastern’s School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs (SPPUA) felt like a perfect fit: “an exciting university direction, a focus on big ideas and pressing issues, emphasis on applied work and making a real-world difference, not to mention a strong faculty that seems to just keep growing,” he said. Boeing joined SPPUA…
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Published On: September 20, 2018 |
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Lee: Developing more inclusive, diverse programs is ‘work I love to do’

Matt Lee, SPPUA’s new teaching professor of human services, has a background in psychology, conducts research and advocacy on diversity, identity and inclusion, and has implemented global education programs in Romania, Germany, Poland, and Croatia. Lee comes from James Madison University, where he served as the director of the Cultural and Racial Diversity Studies Lab….
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Published On: September 19, 2018 |
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Dukakis Center project to evaluate ESL programs

Alicia Sasser Modestino, associate director of the Dukakis Center, will lead a team, in partnership with Laurie Dopkins of Northeastern University’s Public Evaluation Lab, to study the return on investment for English as a second language (ESL) programs in Massachusetts under a new grant-funded project with the Boston Foundation. ESL programs are an important component…
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Published On: September 18, 2018 |
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MPA alumna chosen as next Bedford town manager

MPA alumna Sarah Stanton is getting ready to take over as town manager of Bedford, Mass., in October. She says the courses she took at Northeastern’s School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs have served as the framework for her success. “I am deeply thankful for my experience at Northeastern,” said Stanton, who currently serves…
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Published On: September 17, 2018 |
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Research: Planning and design lessons from a noise sensing network

New research by SPPUA’s Dietmar Offenhuber explores the interaction between environmental noise and the built environment, an often-neglected area in urban planning and design. Offenhuber, an associate professor of art, design and public policy, analyzed an exploratory noise sensing project in Los Angeles that investigates qualitative and quantitative aspects of the noisescape. Using an experimental…
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Published On: September 14, 2018 |
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Urban informatics professor receives tenure

Daniel T. O’Brien, associate professor in the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs (SPPUA) and the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, has received tenure. Since joining Northeastern in 2014, O’Brien has published a series of papers and he is the author of the forthcoming book, The Urban Commons (Harvard University Press), which will…
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Published On: September 13, 2018 |
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Engineering project failures and nuclear policy decisions

Daniel Aldrich, professor and director of the MS in Security and Resilience program, has published two impactful articles this summer: one that explores failures of large-scale engineering projects, and another that examines nuclear policy decisions after the Fukushima meltdowns. In an interdisciplinary approach to the management of resilience, Engineering meets institutions: an interdisciplinary approach to…
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Published On: September 12, 2018 |
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MPA alumnus becomes Winthrop town manager

Congratulations to alumnus Austin Faison on becoming the new town manager of Winthrop! Faison, who graduated in 2011 with a Master of Public Administration, is in charge of the entire municipal organization in Winthrop, Mass. He said Northeastern University’s School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs prepared him to be able to work within a…
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Published On: September 11, 2018 |
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