Doctoral Program in Public and Urban Policy

Michael Cohen is the Director of Milano’s Doctoral Program in Public and Urban Policy and Professor of International Affairs in the Julien Studley Graduate Program in International Affairs. Here, he shares his view that the future depends greatly on how we address urban challenges today.

Explore the most recent blog posts below to learn more about the program. Visit the PhD in Public and Urban Policy page on The New School’s official site to learn about degree requirements, application information, program faculty, FAQs, other PhD students and graduates, and more.

Visit the Milano Public and Urban Policy PhD HUB—a collaborative research space.


Public and Urban Policy Doctoral Student Association advocates for the needs of doctoral students at Milano; facilitates networking, community building, and career opportunities; supports student research; serves as ambassadors for the program; and contributes to the development of the program and its students.

Contact: pupdocs@newschool.edu


Recent PhD Public and Urban Policy Posts

Learning Equitably, Digitally, and Well

The Covid-19 pandemic has confronted the nation’s largest public school system with a staggering challenge – one that could also easily continue into the next school year: With all school buildings closed indefinitely by this public health crisis, how successful have been efforts to guide the education of 1.1 million New York City students via remote learning – and how will the City preserve and enhance ongoing efforts to create a more racially and economically equitable school system? A new report released today by the InsideSchools project of the Center for New York City Affairs at The New School, “Learning ...
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CONGRATULATIONS, MILANO SCHOOL GRADUATES!

"We will be thinking of you, one among a storied network of learners who graduated before you, reaching back for more than a century and forward into the future." —Mary Watson, Executive Dean, Schools of Public Engagement The Recognition Ceremony for the Milano School of Policy, Management, and Environment was held on Thursday, May 14, 2020. STUDENT SPEAKERAndrea Torres, Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management STUDENT AWARDS ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY AND SUSTAINABILITY MANAGEMENTJOHN CLINTON OUTSTANDING STUDENT AWARDAndrea TorresBEST PROFESSIONAL DECISION REPORT (PDR)Koorosh Behrang, "Insights From Behavioral Sciences for Moving Towards Sustainable Forest Management in New York"BEST PAPER OF PUBLISHABLE QUALITY (PPQ)Christian David ...
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‘The City Is Remarkably Resilient’: Q&A with Subway Maven Philip Mark Plotch ’14

A former planner and administrator with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Philip Mark Plotch (PhD '14) is an associate professor of political science and director of the master of public administration program at Saint Peter’s University in Jersey City, NJ. He is the author of the recently published Last Subway: The Long Wait for the Next Train in New York City. Originally posted on Urban Matters, a publication of the Center for New York City Affairs. Urban Matters: Last Subway tells the nearly 90-year-long (and counting) saga of building New York City’s Second Avenue Subway. In the process, you sketch a ...
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Milano Minute | Belén Fodde talks about going from a Master’s to a PhD

Belén Fodde (MS '19) shares her thoughts on Milano's Master of Science in Public and Urban Policy. Belén is now in the Public and Urban Policy doctoral program and began her time at Milano as a Fulbright Scholar from Argentina ...
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The Magnitude of Low-Paid Gig and Independent Contract Work in New York State

Photo credits: Matias Campa By Lina Moe, James A. Parrott, and Jason Rochford Apps and algorithms have had a profound impact on the way we live and work. In recent years, the rise of on-demand labor platforms (e.g. Uber and TaskRabbit) has dominated headlines and offered one vision of what the future of work might hold. While contract jobs mediated through labor platforms promise flexibility and the opportunity to earn supplemental income for some workers, such “gig work” is often unstable, low paid, and lacks the basic labor protections and benefits afforded to traditional employees. In the wake of California's ...
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