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Kelley Turner

Kelley Turner discusses the ways his military skills are relevant to his policy analysis studies, the hands-on work he is completing in classes, and how the MPP program will help him further his military career…
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Governance Project

Professors Stephen Flynn and Matthias Ruth and two doctoral students are assessing metro Boston’s interdependent energy and transportation sectors to identify a governance framework that would enhance resilience and regional institutional coordination…
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Anastasia Sobolina

“I believe that earning a Master’s in International Affairs from the school I have dedicated my life to for the past four years is my opportunity to achieve my ultimate dream of working for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in my home country.”..
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Andrew Bryant

“If, like me, you serve in a combat role, you can also be successful in the public policy arena. The skills I’ve learned in combat units—organization, leadership, communication and teamwork—transfer very well. Here are five ways that a military background can translate to the public policy field.”..
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Tim Sullivan

“Many times veterans possess a unique viewpoint that can help add an additional layer of diversity into the student population. The military teaches you to be disciplined in all that you do, and to work well as a team. I have found that these skills have been instrumental in helping drive my success during my academic and professional career.”..
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Kit Miller

Kit Miller, a software engineer by trade, is coupling his knowledge of coding and web-based software with urban informatics to predict fires in Boston. The second-year student in the M.S. in Urban Informatics is conducting a fire risk assessment of Boston using public data from the city…
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Seeing Boston Neighborhoods through Administrative Data

Students in “Big Data for Cities,” an introductory course to the M.S. in Urban Informatics, are learning data management, and they are working with real data sets made available by the Boston Area Research Initiative. Over the years these have included data provided by multiple local municipalities, including Boston and its neighbors, as well as data gathered rom social media and internet platforms…
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Dietmar Offenhuber

Dietmar Offenhuber’s research could be described as accountability design – focusing on the relationship between visual representations and urban governance. He traveled to Manila, Philippines, to explore in-depth the city’s electricity grid and street lighting system…
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Matthias Ruth

The study establishes a relationship between sky view factors (SVFs) and building densities and heights in a neighborhood. Systematic analysis of impacts of urban morphology on the SVF can reveal how spatial distribution and height of buildings can modify the urban environment through attenuation of solar radiation and shading…
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James Connolly

James Connolly analyzes how the institutions that shape urban environmental land-use policy are structured spatially and politically, as well as how they are changed. His current research examines community development and mainstream environmental coalitions in state-level urban environmental policies…
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