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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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Published On: July 24, 2018 |
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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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Published On: July 23, 2018 |
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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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Published On: July 20, 2018 |
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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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Published On: July 19, 2018 |
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MURP student begins internship at Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

Victoria Meléndez, a student in the MS in Urban and Regional Policy, has joined The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston as a community outreach Intern for the Working Cities Challenge (WCC). The WCC is a groundbreaking effort to support leaders who are reaching across sectors to ensure that smaller cities in Massachusetts and Rhode Island are…
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Published On: July 18, 2018 |
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Resilience through renewable energy

SPPUA Director Jennie Stephens led a three-day course last month at Northeastern University’s Seattle campus on “Climate Resilience, Energy Justice, and Security: The Renewable Energy Transformation,” which examined how diverse stakeholders can coordinate to strengthen resilience. Through investigations, findings in global research, field trips, and lessons from recent disasters, students—who were practitioners and working professionals—gained…
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Published On: July 16, 2018 |
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Transportation and accountability

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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Published On: July 13, 2018 |
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MPA alumnus joins Mass. Department of Higher Education

  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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Published On: July 11, 2018 |
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Pasona names Northeastern professor ‘alumni of the year’

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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Published On: July 6, 2018 |
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