SPPUA in Action | December 2016
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Dear Friends,

At times when the fruits of hard-fought battles for social justice, economic development and environmental protection are at risk, it becomes increasingly important to ensure that decisions are guided by facts. We are all better off when we strive for and live in harmony with each other, our neighbors, and the environment on which we depend. Nowhere do we see and feel this more readily than in the places we live – our cities and towns, our states and the regions within which they serve as nodes for the networks that shape cultural identity, technological progress, and social innovation. But we are also, of course, part of a larger global system. The local and global, therefore, are always connected with each other, and disregarding these connections will jeopardize our long-term prosperity.

At the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, we have long focused on the local and global as two sides of the same coin. We have studied societal challenges and helped shape opportunities to overcome them. We have thought long and hard about climate change and what it will mean for our cities and towns, our communities and businesses, and we have identified strategies to increase their resilience and security. All of this is based on cutting-edge science, on facts, and all of this is informed by our collaborations with practitioners in communities.

As this issue of the School’s e-newsletter showcases, we are deeply committed to generate actionable knowledge for true advancement of the human enterprise. I invite you to join us in that commitment, to visit with us in Boston, to participate in our many research, education and engagement activities, or to follow us on social and other media. On behalf of the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs team, I wish you and your family a joyous holiday season.
Matthias Ruth
Director and Professor, School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs
November in Photos
Video: What is International Affairs?
Faculty Research
Study of American historical records reveals multi-layer citizenship

After combing through historical records of House and Senate committees between the 1800s and the 1920s, associate professor Amílcar Antonio Barreto and student Kyle Lozano found layers of de facto citizenship throughout American history.

Their research of historical records spun two peer-reviewed journal articles—the first under review and the second to be submitted soon—on the interplay of race, ethnicity and territoriality in the construction of American civic citizenship. Read more.
In the Classroom
Students explore development and economic growth of countries

Graduate students in professor Valentine Moghadam’s “Political Economy: Interdisciplinary Perspectives” course have been tasked with a million-dollar question: to explain the development and economic growth of selected countries in the Global South.

Their plan is to apply concepts, propositions, and theories learned in class, including classical political economy, modernization theory, and Marxian, world-systems, and feminist theories. Read more.

Get to Know

Double Husky Anastasia Sabolina

“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. I have already learned so much from the professors that teach here and I am confident that continuing my studies in this school will broaden the horizons of my knowledge. I have no doubt that Northeastern’s Master’s in International Affairs is the ideal place for me to get the globalized view that is essential in my field.”

Read more.
Guest Column
Northeastern’s Social Impact Lab brings the power of experiential philanthropy education to Saudi Arabia

By Rebecca Riccio, Director, The Social Impact Lab

I passionately believe in the power of experiential philanthropy education to illuminate the complexity and ethical implications of engaging in social change. This teaching methodology entrusts students with the responsibility for awarding authentic grants to local nonprofit organizations through a rigorous process embedded within an academic course. The exercise provides an ideal framework for applying lessons learned from studying the theory and practice of effective nonprofit management and philanthropy. However, engaging students in consensus-based decision making as grant makers opens a vast array of learning opportunities beyond the obvious. The use of real money thrusts them into a crucible of intellectual, practical, and ethical challenges related to controlling limited resources in the face of abundant need. Read more.

Student & Alumni News

Student Blog: A Boston State of Mind

Belgian exchange students Ann-Sophie Vermeersch and Karel Dejonghe are studying public policy for a semester at the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs. Follow their blog, “A Boston State of Mind,” to learn more about their adventures at Northeastern.  

SPPUA Update

BARI receives National Science Foundation grant for Data Portal

The Boston Area Research Initiative (BARI) has received a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to construct the Boston Portal to Data and Analysis Tools, an expansion of BARI’s Boston Data Portal. The project will integrate data from a variety of sources, from large-scale administrative data to mobile phone data, across time and space in order to develop analytic tools that transform them into research-ready forms. Read more.  

New housing report shows growing economy, population and poverty

Since 2002, the annual Housing Report Cards, authored by researchers at the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy, have probed Greater Boston’s housing landscape, keeping tabs on housing construction, home prices, and rents. The Report Cards have analyzed the region’s economy, demography and housing, and have kept track of government policies that affect the housing market.

The 2016 Greater Housing Report Card, released Nov. 29 at an event at The Boston Foundation, presents research and analysis about housing, shifting demographics, and the ripple effects of other trends. Read more.

Professor Stephens presents on renewable energy overseas

Jennie Stephens, Dean's Professor of Sustainability Science and Policy, traveled to Copenhagen, Denmark, to discuss renewable energy transition in the United States at the Danish Technical University’s Engineering Management Department. Read more.

Professor Modestino presents on benefits of summer youth employment programs

Ever wondered how summer youth employment programs (SYEP) improve outcomes and for whom?

After participating in Boston’s summer jobs program, youth reported having increased job readiness skills, higher academic aspirations, and improved connections with their neighborhoods, according to a report co-authored by associate professor Alicia Sasser Modestino.

Modestino, associate director of the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy and visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, presented initial results from her pilot survey at the APPAM Fall Research Conference Nov. 3-5. Read more.

Professors Aldrich, Ruth travel to Seattle for partnerships, resilience presentation

Professors Daniel Aldrich and Matthias Ruth recently traveled with Erika Koss, assistant dean for strategic partnerships and outreach for the College of Social Sciences and Humanities (CSSH), to the Northeastern Seattle campus where they met with disaster managers, local experts, and campus staff to discuss the role that CSSH can play on the West Coast.

Aldrich and Ruth met with potential students and administrators with the goal of offering the MS in Security and Resilience Studies and the MS in Urban Informatics at the Seattle campus. The Master of Public Administration is already offered online in Seattle. They also participated in a public presentation to approximately 45 audience members on the need for resilience in the 21st century.  

Professor Bosso’s new book on urban food systems hits the shelves

Christopher Bosso, professor of public policy and director of the Master of Public Policy Program, is shining the spotlight onto urban food systems and a wide array of policies and initiatives intended to increase food security, decrease ecological impacts and improve public health.

Bosso recently published a new book, Feeding Cities: Improving local food access, security, and resilience, a cross-disciplinary and applied approach to urban food system sustainability, health, and equity. Read more.

Professor Ruth examines the future of economic and environmental policy

Matthias Ruth, director and professor at the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, traveled to Singapore earlier this month where he he contributed to a three-day event on “Attaining the Sustainable Development Goals,” which was held at the National University of Singapore.
In the Media

The faculty and staff at the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs continue to be reliable sources of expertise on current pressing issues. Click here for a list of articles during the month of November that reference our knowledgeable staff and their research.

Quote of the Month

Upcoming Events

Attend our final Fall 2016 Myra Kraft Open Classroom, a free semester-long seminar series for students and the public, on Wednesday, Dec. 14, from 6 to 8 p.m. in West Village F, room 20. Speakers will focus on President Obama’s legacy. Visit our website for directions and materials from past sessions. Follow @NU_PolicySchool on Twitter for live tweets, and use #OCNEU and #SPPUA on social media sites.

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