Welcome to the blog of the Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy with graduate programs in Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management, International Affairs, Nonprofit Management, Organizational Change Management, Urban Policy Analysis and Management, and Public and Urban Policy at The New School in the heart of New York City.



How Alumna Liz Tremblay followed her passion from BK-Brewery to NY-Sun

Lisabeth Tremblay, currently Project Manager at NY-Sun, is a familiar name to many EPSM students. From her legendary internship with Brooklyn Brewery to her appearances at orientation, she has continued to connect with the community as an alumna. Learn more about her experience below. Students are welcome to connect with her on LinkedIn and email ...
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2016 International Field Program: Updates from South Africa and Cuba

Launched in 2002, the International Field Program (IFP) is an important and popular program for students, merging practical field experience with theories studied in the classroom. This year, IFP students are stationed at six sites around the world, including Havana, Cuba and Cape Town, South Africa and are working with local organizations on a wide ...
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Alumnus Oisín O’Brien to EPSM Students: Leave Your Comfort Zone

Oisín O'Brien is currently working as the Director of Research and Data Analytics at GridMarket, a NYC-based startup. He reflects on Milano’s prioritization of group work and interdisciplinary perspectives as having prepared him for the complex environmental, policy, and business problems he encounters. Questions for Oisín? Reach out. Why did you choose to study at ...
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Urban Matters | Cutting Rents Without Bleeding Landlords

Cutting Rents Without Bleeding Landlords By Flavia Leite, Courtney Loiacono, Grant Nagaki, and Dan WooldridgeYet whatever the outcome of this battle, the income slump that many low-income New Yorkers experienced after (and in some cases, even before) the 2008 Great Recession still puts them in a tight housing affordability squeeze. Almost 35% of households in ...
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EPSM Alumnus Frederick Zindell: Saving the Ice Caps with IceStone

EPSM Alumnus Frederick Zindell is currently working in customer service and sales for a social enterprise called IceStone, which manufactures countertops out of recycled glass and concrete. He credits Milano for his honed skills in understanding and communicating about complex systems. Questions for Frederick? You can reach him by email. When did you choose the ...
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SGPIA Founding Director Michael Cohen’s Road to Habitat III

Walking around Buenos Aires, Argentina in the late 1990s, Michael Cohen made an interesting observation that much like in New York, where you lived determined how you lived. An exclusive part of town was clean, with reliable services, better schools and safer neighborhoods while most of the city lived in much less favorable conditions. His ...
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SGPIA Students Testify to NY City Council About Importance of Access to Menstrual Hygiene Products

Four SGPIA students testified in a New York City Council hearing last week that will shape the first U.S. legislation regarding equal access to menstrual hygiene products. The June 2 Committee on Women’s Issues Hearing deliberated a package of bills that would make menstrual hygiene products free and readily available at New York City schools, ...
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Students Analyze U.S. Presidential Hopefuls Through Pop-Culture Trend

Superhero movies have been increasingly popular in recent years. Iron Man (2008), The Amazing Spider Man (2012), Ant-Man (2015), and Captain America: Civil War (2016) and at least 10 movies have been planned for release in the next three years. The Marvel/DC Comic Universe is here to stay. The intensified hype around this enterprise was ...
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New School Alumni Day Video Roundup!

Check out these video’s from this year’s alumni day featuring faculty members Peter Lucas, Erica Kohl-Arenas and SGPIA founder Michael Cohen ...
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Village Voice Puts Environmental Justice Right Upfront; Quotes EPSM’s Ana Baptista

Staring out from the front cover of The Village Voice's May 4th-10th edition is a haunting photo of young Faith Garner, age six. The photo, posed by The Village Voice, emphasizes the severely high rate of health issues faced by residents of Newark's Ironbound, in part due to the hundreds of trucks that pass through ...
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Students and Professors Reflect on TPP, TTIP Trade Agreements Following Rules, Rights, and Resistance Conference

Analyses surrounding two recent international trade agreements have intensified at SGPIA after an audience of nearly 200 people gathered at The New School on April 29 for the Rules, Rights and Resistance Conference: The Battle Over the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). 18 leading academics and advocates from the ...
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Equity For Children Hosts Urban Inequities and Children Conference

Equity for Children recently hosted a conference in partnership to address key challenges in identifying urban childhood inequities from birth to five years; how to gather, measure and translate evidence about this issue into action ...
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SGPIA Alum Alexandra Vasquez Receives Fulbright Award to Colombia

SGPIA alum Alexandra Vasquez was two weeks deep into a summer-long housing development project with the International Field Program (IFP) in Colombia when she realized she wanted to return to the country one day to live and work more extensively. Alexandra’s goal will soon become a reality; she recently accepted the 2016-2017 Fulbright U.S. Student ...
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SGPIA Mini-Talk: Professor Jonathan Bach Explores Past & Future Prospects of the EU

In 2001, when SGPIA was created, the European project seemed to be on the ascendancy with the creation of a common currency. Today, the failed response to economic shocks, the ongoing refugee crisis, and recent terrorist attacks in Belgium and France all raise questions about the viability of a unified Europe. In this 90 second ...
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Environmental Justice Takes Center Stage On Earth Day

Reports of water contaminated by lead, copper, and E. coli in Flint, Michigan dominated national headlines early this year, and became a focal point for outrage around the issue of environmental racism. Then in March, closer to home, reports surfaced of elevated levels of lead in the drinking water at public schools in Newark, New ...
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EPSM on Grist.org: 5 Cool Careers for People with a Master’s in Sustainability

Do you see yourself more as a Special Agent Green or an Earth Warrior? Check out our EPSM program on Grist.org, a "source of intelligent, irreverent environmental news and commentary that’s been around since 1999, when the internet was made of rubber bands." The best part about having a master’s degree in sustainability is that ...
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Hollywood Cold War Symposium Bridges Gap Between Politics and Culture

Media has an innate ability to construct identities, both for ourselves and for the “other.” Given Hollywood’s exceptional role as an American primary cultural institution, its power in this construction is not to be underrated, although it often is. Representations of a friend or a foe that flow through Hollywood usually fit a formulaic equation ...
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Event Preview: The Battle Over TPP and TTIP Trade Agreements (April 28 & April 29)

Rules, Rights, and Resistance: The Battle Over TPP and TTIPOne day conference at The New SchoolApril 29, 2016, 9am - 6pm, Reception to FollowThe Auditorium, 66 West 12th Street, New York, NY 10011Cast as “trade agreements," a momentous re-writing and consolidation of the basic rules governing the global economy is being pursued across the globe ...
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Professor Sheba Tejani Speaks at UN Conference on Trade and Development

SGPIA Professor Sheba Tejani spoke today at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) side event at the 60th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women. The event addressed the gender dimension of trade and global value chains. Professor Tejani's participation in the event today follows her recent publication in Feminist ...
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Beirut Syndrome Spreads Grassroots Media at The New School

Last June, Beirut Syndrome, an online publication based in Lebanon, ran a piece on the “Symptoms” section of its website. The “symptom” started with a photo of a simple, white sign tied to a door. “Apartment for Rent,” the sign announced in bold, underlined letters. The final line of the apartment’s description popped out in ...
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