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Urban Policy Analysis and Management



Students in the Urban Policy Management program learn the theories, techniques and practices necessary for improving the quality of life for urban communities. Click here to find out more.

Livestream the Milano Recognition Ceremony!

Milano LogoThe 2015 Milano Recognition Ceremony is happening this Thursday, May 21 at 4:30pm at the University Center of The New School. Graduates from all of the programs are individually recognized for the completion of their degrees and certificates and awards will be given out to students from each program. The ceremony features speeches by two outstanding students: William Bradley Luckhardt (Organizational Change Management) and Mina A. Addo (Urban Policy Analysis and Management).

If you can’t make it in person, the event will be available to watch on Livestream.

Here is the video link: http://livestream.com/TheNewSchool/2015-Milano-Recognition-Ceremony

Congratulations 2015 Milano Graduates!




Urban Policy Professors Publish Article in Housing Policy Debate Journal

meltzer and schwartzProfessors of Urban Policy Rachel Meltzer and Alex Schwartz have published an article in Housing Policy Debate, a leading journal in the field, about the effect of housing affordability on health among renters in New York City. In their article, entitled “Housing Affordability and Health: Evidence From New York City,” Meltzer and Schwartz find that higher out-of-pocket rent burdens are associated with worse self-reported health conditions and a higher likelihood to postpone medical services for financial reasons. This relationship is particularly strong for those households with severe rent burdens. Their findings point to the importance of considering health-related outcomes when designing housing policies, and that housing subsidies should target both renters’ out-of-pocket costs and place-based repair and maintenance. Read the article here.




Professor Lisa Servon Named Russell Sage Foundation Visiting Scholar

Lisa ServonThe Russell Sage Foundation announced that Lisa Servon, Professor of Urban Policy, is one of sixteen leading social scientists appointed as Visiting Scholars for the 2015-2016 academic year. The Russell Sage Foundation is the principal American foundation devoted exclusively to research in the social sciences.

This prestigious Visiting Scholars program, now in its thirtieth year, provides a unique opportunity for scholars to pursue their research and writing while in residence at the Foundation, and is an important part of the Foundation’s effort to analyze and understand the complex and shifting nature of social, political, and economic life in the United States.

During her residency, Lisa will draw from several years of original research to write a book examining the connections between financial insecurity and the consumer financial services industry (CFS). Lisa’s work traces the increase in the number of Americans who suffer from financial exclusion—that is, lack bank accounts and credit. She will continue her investigation into how this forces people to rely on alternative financial services such as check cashers and payday lenders.

We congratulate Lisa on her appointment.



Urban Policy Alumna Sara Deconde

DeConde_PictureSara is a research and policy analyst for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, Office of Grants and Research, Research and Policy Analysis Division, dedicated to the Massachusetts Results First Initiative. Massachusetts is a leader among 16 states partnering with the Pew Charitable Trusts and John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to implement an innovative, cost-benefit approach to evidence-based policymaking. Previously, while earning her Master of Science in Urban Policy Analysis and Management at The New School – Milano, Sara conducted research for the Center for Court Innovation Misdemeanor Evidence-Based Assessment Project at the Bronx Criminal Court and Red Hook Community Justice Center. She has also held posts at a legal nonprofit organization and public defenders office. Sara attended St. Lawrence University and her research interests include: problem-solving justice, racial equity, access to counsel, prisoners’ rights, and juvenile justice.

Sara graduated from Milano in 2013.


Urban Policy Alum Drew Curtis quoted in New York Times

the-new-york-times-logoDrew Curtis, Urban Policy ’10, is the director of the Ironbound Community Corporation, a local nonprofit in Newark, New Jersey. Ironbound Community Corporation’s mission is to engage and empower individuals, families and groups in realizing their aspirations and, together, work to create a just, vibrant and sustainable community.

A former steel plant in the Ironbound section of Newark is being replaced with a giant custom-built complex for AeroFarms, a company producing herbs and vegetables in an indoor, vertical environment. This month Drew Curtis was featured in the New York Times discussing the legacy of pollution in the area of Newark where this vertical farm will be located.