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Economics for Emancipation Podcast Features Professor Penn Loh 
July 26, 2021
Center for Economic Democracy
In the Center for Economic Democracy's podcast, Economics for Emancipation, UEP professor Penn Loh and Kali Akuno of Cooperation Jackson offer provocative ideas on how we relate to the economy. They also discuss what we can (and must) learn from our current responses to crisis and disaster, to prepare our communities for other crises in the future.

Professor Penn Loh Examines Pandemic Lessons
July 21, 2021
Barr Foundation
UEP professor Penn Loh partnered with Dr. Neenah Estrella-Luna on a report about what the pandemic can teach us about creating truly resilient, equitable communities. Read the blog below for a summary of the report and webinar!

Professor Emerita Rachel Bratt Writes Op-Ed on Housing and School Segregation
June 28, 2021
Boston Globe
Calling attention to the interrelations between housing and school segregation in an article for the Boston Globe, Rachel Bratt reflects on her experience tutoring children who participated in a sit-in at a mostly white school to protest inequities of school segregation in Englewood, NJ.

Aggeliki Barberopoulou, PhD, Joins UEP as the Newest Full-time Faculty Member
June 15, 2021
Specializing in natural hazards, hazard mitigation and numerical modeling of geophysical phenomena, Aggeliki Barberopoulou joins the UEP full-time faculty roster to teach additional courses in GIS and Remote Sensing starting this Fall on September 1, 2021. 

Professor Mary Davis Published on Health Effects of Night and Irregular Shiftwork
April, 2021
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
The latest journal article by UEP's Mary Davis examines nontraditional work in the US and its impacts on health in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

Professor Sheldon Krimsky Interviewed by Stuart Kelter on Stem Cell Research
April 5, 2021
Las Cruces Community Radio
Professor Sheldon Krimsky was recently interviewed by Stuart Kelter of Las Cruces Community Radio about his 2015 book, Stem Cell Dialogues: a Philosophical and Scientific Inquiry Into Medical Frontiers. To hear the archived broadcast, click the link in the title.

How Urban Planning and Housing Policy Helped Create 'Food Apartheid' in US Cities
March 9, 2021
The Conversation
Professor Julian Agyeman provides an overview of the academic discourse around food justice in this piece for The Conversation, calling attention to potential interventions proposed by Boston mayoral candidate, Michelle Wu.

Staffing the Mission: Improving Job Quality at Nonprofits
March 4, 2021
Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, Elevate Conference
In this presentation at the Elevate conference of the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, UEP professor Laurie Goldman and Betsy Leonard-Wright present the steps that nonprofit managers can take to improve staff satisfaction.

Fair Housing and Zoning: Toward a New Boston?
February 18, 2021
UEP Professor Emeritus James Jennings and UEP Lecturer and MPP alum Bob Terrell co-authored with other housing advocates an article about changes to Boston's zoning code to affirmatively further fair housing.

Can the Course of Science be Altered by Money? Conflicts of Interest: The Effects of Corporate Influence on Scientific Research
February 16, 2021
Finding Genius Podcast
Professor Sheldon Krimsky discusses how corporate funding impacts scientific research in a wide-ranging interview on the Finding Genius podcast. 

Professor Hollander Co-Writes Op-ed on Vaccination
January 11, 2021
Boston Globe
UEP professor Justin Hollander, together with Carnegie Mellon Computer Science professor Mor Harchol-Balter, weighs in on different strategies for distributing COVID-19 vaccinations.

Lecturer Rebecca Shakespeare Recognized for Outstanding Teaching Strategies During the Pandemic
January 19, 2021
Teaching @ Tufts
Lecturer Rebecca Shakespeare has been highlighted by CELT for her creative approach to teaching during the coronavirus pandemic. Ms. Shakespeare has developed a small group format to improve the efficiency of dual-modality course intruction.

Lecturer Bob Terrell and Professor Emeritus James Jennings Aid in the Fight Against Housing Segregation and Displacement in Boston
December 10, 2020
Boston Magazine
Lecturer Bob Terrell and Professor Emeritus James Jennings are quoted by Catherine Elton in an article for the Boston Magazine titled, "How Has Boston Gotten Away with Being Segregated for So Long?". Both also played roles in shaping the ordinance that brings the Fair Housing Act into the new precendent-setting anti-displacement zoning amendment proposed by Boston City Counselor, Lydia Edwards, which was recently approved by the Boston City Council. For further information on how Boston will become the first major city in the country to propose this approach, see the city's press release.  

Social Media Bots and the Community Planning Process
November 20, 2020
A research team including UEP professor Justin Hollander and alumna Minyu Situ was featured in Planetizen. Their paper investigates how social media bots may be interfering with community engagement efforts.

Mattapan residents mapping history, future
November 19, 2020
The Bay State Banner
Professor Laurie Goldman, alum Allentza Michel, faculty and students from Tufts and Harvard, and the Greater Mattapan Neighborhood Council are working to support anti-displacement efforts in Mattapan, Boston. Their project combines oral history with interactive mapping.

Lecturer Penn Loh Covers Art and Community Engagement in Boston
September 28, 2020
Senior lecturer and former community organizer Penn Loh recently co-published an article with M.A. student Molly Kaviar on their research in Boston's Upham's Corner neighborhood.

Professor Justin Hollander Supports "Smart Shrinkage" for Legacy Cities
September 3, 2020
Based on research done for an upcoming book, Professor Hollander's article explains strategies for using abandoned spaces in shrinking cities.

Lecturer Sonja Spears Heads Local Police Reform Task Force in MA
July 29, 2020
Boston Globe
UEP lecturer and former judge Sonja Spears was profiled in the Boston Globe after her appointment as chair of the Police Reform Task Force in Newton, MA.

Professor Julian Agyeman Describes how Urban Planning has Helped Create a Divided Minneapolis 
July 28, 2020
The Conversation
Professor Agyeman covers how urban planning practices, such as zoning, have maintained structural racism. Though it has contributed to the problem, urban planning can also be part of the solution. 

Professor Julian Agyeman Ponders a "Black Commons" on Eve of Juneteenth
June 18, 2020
The Conversation
Along with NC State Professor Kofi Boone, UEP's Julian Agyeman co-wrote a timely opinion piece on "the idea of collective black action and ownership."

Professor Julian Agyeman Authors Op-ed on "Invisible Cyclists" During COVID-19
May 27, 2020
The Conversation
In an opinion piece, Professor Agyeman points out barriers to mobility for low-income and minority populations. Policymakers and planners must create solutions with these "invisible" bicyclists in mind, he argues.

UEP Professor Shan Jiang Shares Tips for Public Transportation
May 13, 2020
Transportation Research Board (National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine)
Professor Shan Jiang was invited to present on a recent paper with her co-authors. The webinar, titled "Data Sharing Tips for Public Transportation Agencies," covered models for effective data sharing.

Professor Penn Loh Featured in Virtual Panel on Economic Justice
May 6, 2020
Professor Penn Loh was one of the guest speakers on a panel discussing economic justice in the time of COVID-19. The event was organized by the University of Illinois at Chicago's Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy as well as its Social Justice Initiative.

UEP Prof Julian Agyeman Shares Vision for Sustainability
April 23, 2020
Parks and Recreation Magazine
Professor Agyeman was interviewed for a feature piece by National Recreation and Park Association President and CEO Kristine Stratton, who in addition to being an UEP alumna is also his former advisee.

Professor Justin Hollander on the Coronavirus Rent Crisis
March 27, 2020
UEP Professor Justin Hollander was quoted on the potential impact of coronavirus on households which might already be struggling to pay rent.

Professor Julian Agyeman Chimes in on Indoor Farming
March 22, 2020
"How Are We Going To Feed Ourselves When There Are 10 Billion People On The Planet?" asks WGBH. The Boston-based media outlet tapped Professor Agyeman for his expertise on equitable innovation in food systems.

UEP Professor Justin Hollander Calls for Comprehensive Coronavirus Relief
March 16, 2020
The Hill
In an op-ed, Professor Justin Hollander argued that the federal government should assemble a comprehensive aid package that helps a broader spectrum of workers.

Professor Julian Agyeman Talks Environmental Justice
March 2, 2020
Landscape Architecture Magazine
Julian Agyeman, a Tufts University planning professor, discussed his his work in the realm of environmental justice for a profile titled "On Belonging and Becoming."

Professor Emeritus James Jennings Gets Real About Gentrification
October 7, 2019
The Freedom Plow
Tufts UEP Professor Emeritus James Jennings was recently featured on The Freedom Plow, a podcast hosted by the National Conference of Black Political Scientists (NCOBPS), where he was on a panel that covered the effects of gentrification and displacement on public health, urban politics, and affordable housing. Prof. Jennings specifically talked about the context of gentrification in Boston and discussed the four phases of gentrification in the city. Prof. Jennings is a renowned expert in the field of urban politics. Catch up on the expert discussion.

UEP Professor, Justin Hollander, PhD, AICP, was featured in the October edition of the American Planning Association's Planning Magazine
October 1, 2019
Planning Magazine
Justin Hollander, PhD, AICP, a professor at Tufts UEP, had a write-up in Planning Magazine detailing his podcast, Cognitive Urbanism. After a transition into academia from being a practicing planner, Dr. Hollander wanted a forum to be able to be active whilst in the smaller, more niche academic space. Cognitive Urbanism combines Hollander's research, ideas and insights into short 10-15 minute segments that are accessible both to practitioners and a general audience. Hollander describes his podcast as "informal and concise, a chance to quickly learn about something new and enlightening." Listen to Hollander's podcast.

Curbing Hate Online — And The Violence It Incites In The Real World
Aug 22, 2019
Justin Hollander, A96, professor in the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, has written a commentary for NPR station WBUR's Cognoscenti.

Here Technologies presents The New Reality for Mobility
July 4, 2019
Traffic Technology Today
In this video segment, Julian Agyeman, professor of urban and environmental policy and planning, discusses how cities can use technology to make mobility more inclusive and create better livelihoods for all.

Learning to love the world's ugliest building
July 1, 2019
Boston Globe Magazine
Research by Justin Hollander, A96, professor in the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, is cited as part of this article about Boston City Hall.

It's All About Food – Sheldon Krimsky, GMOs Decoded​
June 12, 2019
Progressive Radio Network
In this "It's All About Food" radio segment, Sheldon Krimsky, Lenore Stern Professor in the Humanities and Social Sciences, Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, discusses his new book, GMOs Decoded

Can a City Shrink and Thrive? It's Complicated
May 21, 2019
Research by Justin Hollander, A96, professor in the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, is sited in this article related to shrinking cities. 

CityLine: Sunday, May 12, 2019: Gentrification and Displacement-JPNCD, part two
May 12, 2019
This news segment highlights UEP Professor Emeritus James Jennings' 2016 study "Understanding Gentrification and Displacement: Community Voices and Changing Neighborhoods."

How the next recession could save lives
Jan. 23, 2019
2012 research by Mary Davis, associate professor and chair, Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, investigating how economic activity impacts air pollution levels, is cited in this article exploring how public health is affected by economic crises. 

6 ways location technology is making our cities better
May 10, 2019
Business Insider UK 
Julian Agyeman, professor of urban and environmental policy and planning, notes the importance of government and civilian collaboration, saying "the city is not produced—it is coproduced" in this article about how technology is helping to improve city services around the world.

If Rosa Parks rode a bus in Boston today, she'd see nearly the same segregation she fought
Feb. 6, 2019
The Boston Globe
Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning Julian Agyeman comments on how Boston could implement a "congestion charge" on private vehicles to fund improved transit, particularly buses, as a way to commemorate Rosa Parks.

Lawrence reborn: A polluted mill town reclaims its future
Jan. 11, 2019
The Christian Science Monitor
Justin Hollander, Associate Professor, Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, was interviewed as part of an article about brownfields in Lawrence, Massachusetts.