Areas of Impact

  • Areas of Impact

    The NYU Wagner community makes an impact in every area of public service.

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We Can’t Stop Neighborhoods from Changing

Professor Ingrid Gould Ellen's latest study shows that falling violent crime in a city is a strong predictor of gentrification in that city’s central neighborhoods.

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Special-Ed Reform—Is It Working?

Professor Leanna Stiefel discusses her research on New York City's new approach to special education and what impact the reform may have on students.

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Carrot or Stick? Reducing the use of plastic bags

In a recent study, NYU Wagner Professor Tatiana Homonoff uses insights from behavioral economics to analyze the relative effectiveness of two policies attempting to cut down on plastic bag use. 

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The Wagner Experience: Shivani Parikh (MPA) 

Shivani Parikh knew she wanted to get her Master of Public Administration in Health Policy and Management to move her career forward after working in DC and on the Hill.

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Alumni in Action: Decreasing Tobacco Use Around the World

If left unchecked, the global tobacco epidemic could claim one billion lives this century. At Bloomberg Philanthropies, alumna Betsy Fuller (MPA-HPAM) is working to change that.

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Alumni gather to discuss Affordable Housing Policy in the 21st Century

NYU Wagner hosted an informal alumni discussion moderated by Professor Katherine O'Regan exploring a myriad of public policy challenges and opportunities that intersect with affordable housing policy.

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WAGTalk: Katherine O'Regan, "The Geography of Opportunity in America"

Drawing on her experience from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, Professor Katherine O'Regan shares her research on what she calls one of the defining issues of our time: how location plays a role in upward mobility.

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A Wagner alum’s journey to redefine the healthcare system in Nairobi’s slums

In Kenya, more than two-thirds of the urban population lives in slums, and there are only 0.2 physicians and 1.3 beds per 1,000 people. This is where Access Afya comes in. Access Afya is a low-cost, social health enterprise developed and led by NYU Wagner alumna Melissa Menke (MPA-PNP 2012).

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Beyond a leader-centered approach: Practicing leadership capabilities for collaboration

Over 30 students from various degree programs across NYU Wagner deepened their capacity for impactful leadership through the Collaborative Leadership Laboratory, Co-Lead Lab.

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Creating New Beginnings for Malawians, Alumna Melissa Kushner’s Nonprofit Aims to Empower

Melissa Kushner (MPA-PNP 2006) works to empower local Malawians to break the cycle of poverty through her nonprofit organization, Yamba Malawi.

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Social Impact, Innovation, and Investment students use team-generated Capstone option to launch startup ideas

In the first cohort of the Social Impact, Innovation, and Investment specialization, one team has taken an entrepreneurial approach to their Capstone Project and devised "Tactical Mentor," an online coaching platform designed to support women and people of color in negotiating better compensation packages.

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NYU Rudin Looks at NYC Subway Ridership from 1975-2015

Ridership on the New York City Subway has grown drastically in the last four decades, from 966 million in 1975 to 1.7 billion in 2015; at the Times Square subway station alone, rides increased by 29 million.

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