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Video: Overview of SPPUA Graduate Programs

This video is a brief overview of our programs in the School of Public Policy & Urban Affairs at Northeastern University, as well as FAQs, admissions requirements, and other helpful information. Prospective students, please utilize this video in lieu of our Welcome Day events. Stay safe and healthy, and please feel free to reach out…
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Freakonomics: Alicia Sasser Modestino

This recent Freakonomics Radio episode features Prof. Alicia Sasser Modestino recounting the timeline of the waves of opioid addiction in the U.S., and in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Listen to the rest of this episode here.

Feminism and Energy Justice

Recently, director Jennie Stephens, along with former student Hannah Lyons and Global Resilience Institute colleague Liz Allen published an article discussing the role of women in the energy sector and how important their role is in the fight for energy justice. By examining the crucial role of women in leadership at two women-led climate-change-fighting institutions,…
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Bidisha Das, Urban Informatics Student

Urban Informatics student Bidisha Das wanted to combine both social sciences and data in her studies. “I am from a social science background but wanted to get exposure to the field of informatics. The Urban Informatics program is the perfect blend of both.” Read more about Bidisha and her educational experience in SPPUA.  

Jeanelle Angus, MPA Student

We’re excited to share a profile of MPA student Jeanelle Angus, who talks about how her involvement in on- and off-campus organizations enriches her Northeastern experience.   Name: Jeanelle C.K. Angus Program: Master of Public Administration, Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) Fellow Hometown: West Palm Beach, FL What motivated you to pursue your MPA degree? Growing up in an immigrant…
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Why Study Public Policy?

The economy, education, health care, transportation, housing, the environment, energy, jobs — virtually every aspect of daily life is affected by public policy decisions at all levels of government activity. W Who makes important policy decisions, in what manner, and based on what evidence or criteria are issues of utmost importance, especially as public problems…
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Anti-Oppression and Renewable Energy

Recently, SPPUA director Jennie Stephens gave a compelling keynote at the International Sustainability Transitions Conference in Ottawa. She explores the role of feminism in the fight for energy justice and its effects on marginalized populations…
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Kristian Kloeckl

Kristian Kloeckl’s work is guided by an interest in exploring meaningful ways to disclose the potential of technological innovations by developing novel application scenarios and solutions as well as interface and interaction modalities to form valuable connections between people, objects, space, and the digital data layers that increasingly pervade our environment…
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Lauren Costello

“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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Antonio Vázquez Brust

“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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