• The Dukakis Center at the 2015 New England Leadership Summit

    Presenting new research from The Dukakis Center on which communities in metropolitan Boston’s are most well positioned for current and future investment and economic growth. Register now!

    The Dukakis Center at the 2015 New England Leadership Summit
  • What’s your question about getting around Boston in the future?

    The Dukakis Center is very excited to partner with the City of Boston on Go Boston 2030, an initiative to envision a bold transportation future for the city that works for everyone. The plan will have transformative polices and projects generated by an inclusive public engagement process. As part of the process, we are collecting… [read more]

    What’s your question about getting around Boston in the future?
  • Stephanie Pollack selected as MA Secretary of Transportation

      On January 13th, Governor Charlie Baker announced that Stephanie Pollack would become the new Secretary of Transportation for Massachusetts. Stephanie was recruited to the Kitty and Michael Dukakis Center in 2006 and soon assumed the role of Associate Director working alongside Director Barry Bluestone.  She headed up all of the transportation research projects at the… [read more]

    Stephanie Pollack selected as MA Secretary of Transportation
  • CNU Project for Transportation Reform Annual Summit 2014

    This year’s Project for Transportation Reform summit, Equity + Transportation, focused on the interaction between equity and transportation and how we can redefine transportation standards to support safe, vibrant, and equitable streets.

    CNU Project for Transportation Reform Annual Summit 2014
  • sPARKing New Ideas

    sPARKing New Ideas: Parking Strategies for Stronger Communities was a highly successful conference sponsored on April 8, 2014 by MAPC in partnership with the Department of Housing and Community Development and the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Planning Association

    sPARKing New Ideas

Recent Presentations

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The Economy of Cities Promoting Economic Development

On October 8, 2015, Director Barry Bluestone presented at the U.S. Conference of Mayors about promoting economic development. Download Presentation (PDF)  

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Building for a Demographic Revolution

On October 28, 2015, Director Barry Bluestone presented at the Massachusetts Building Congress about development in Boston. Download Presentation (PDF)  

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Murder on the Inequality Express

On November 13, 2015, Director Barry Bluestone presented at the Harvard Institute for Retirement Learning  on income inequality. Download Presentation (PDF)    

In the News


Massachusetts bet $1 billion on life sciences: Its new governor is rethinking that strategy

By REBECCA ROBBINS, STAT Massachusetts officials are holding up tens of millions of dollars in funding for infrastructure projects aimed at boosting the booming life sciences sector in the state. The state has doled out an average of more than $50 million annually over the past seven years to support projects like a powerful next-generation microscope at the University […]


Governor Baker may seek new funds for vocational education

By David Scharfenberg, Globe staff State Education Secretary Jim Peyser suggested Tuesday that the Baker administration will seek new state funding for vocational education. “We’re certainly planning on investing new resources,” Peyser told reporters, after joining Governor Charlie Baker and two other Cabinet secretaries for a job training announcement at online retailer Amazon’s Kendall Square […]


Westford aces economics

By Melissa Hanson, mhanson@lowellsun.com When it comes to economic development, Westford has one of the strongest municipalities in the state, according to an analysis of economic growth and opportunity completed through Northeastern University, with a multitude of strengths and its main weakness in the timeliness of town approvals. The Economic Development Self-Assessment Tool, from the […]

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Dukakis Center Experts

Barry Bluestone

Barry Bluestone

Expertise: housing policy, local economic development strategies, labor market analysis, regional demographics, labor-management relations, and state and local public finance

Joan Fitzgerald

Joan Fitzgerald

Expertise: climate-change planning, economic development, renewable energy, urban economic development, urban sustainability

Alan Clayton-Matthews

Alan Clayton-Matthews

Expertise: labor market assessment, state and local finance, urban economic development, urban fiscal policy, economic policy evaluation

Alicia Sasser Modestino

Alicia Sasser Modestino

Expertise: Labor market dynamics, skills mismatch, youth labor market attachment, migration, housing, health care reform, regional economic analysis

Catherine Tumber

Catherine Tumber

Expertise: Urban policy, planning, design, economic development, US social and cultural history

Eleanor G. White

Eleanor G. White

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