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  • Research and work Hero

    Research & Work

  • You come to the Milano School because you want to make a difference. That practice starts on day one. Even while studying, your work will have a real-world impact as you blend critical theory with hands-on problem-solving, progressive thinking with social engagement, and research with critical reflection. Milano School students lead initiatives that tackle the challenges they’re most passionate about, from promoting racial equity in leadership, to  exploring sustainable methods, to authoring reports on how state budget cuts impact local communities.

  • Faculty & Student Work

    At the Milano School, you’re part of a dynamic community of scholars and practitioners whose work pushes boundaries inside and outside the classroom. Explore some of their most innovative projects.

    • There is something about being in a classroom with people who care about leaving the world better than they found it.

      Kevin Georges, MS Public and Urban Policy '09
    • Consider today's challenges: social inequalities, threats to civil liberties, a lack of affordable housing, insufficient progress in addressing climate change. Given our university's history of bold inquiry and innovation, Milano will play a pivotal role in leading a course correction.

      John Clinton, Interim Dean, Milano
  • Ground-breaking research that shapes policy, tech equity activism, support for social entrepreneurs - these are some of the activities you can engage in at Milano's applied research initiatives. Students work directly with community and government organizations, building networks and laying the groundwork for future opportunities.
  • The Milano School encourages doctoral candidates to explore unconventional theoretical perspectives and use innovative research methodologies in their search for solutions to complex policy problems. While our doctoral students have diverse backgrounds and research interests, their dissertations share a commitment to social change and to critical interdisciplinary approaches that enable the development and implementation of equitable public policies.
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