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The Center for Public Policy and Administration is the hub of interdisciplinary public policy research, teaching and engagement at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Our faculty teach and conduct rigorous research to realize social change and solve problems for the common good. Our classes are small, and the impact we have on our students and on the outside world is big.


New Grants Keep Wellspring Growing

The Wellspring Collaborative has received two new grants that will allow the Springfield-based project to complete plans for hydroponic greenhouses that offer city residents educational opportunities and jobs while providing fresh, year-round produce to area institutions.

Mednicoff Presents First Analysis of Data from Grant on Rule of Law in Qatar

At a conference last month in Doha, Qatar, Assistant Professor David Mednicoff (public policy) presented the first data analysis from his three-year grant titled “The Rule of Law in Qatar: Comparative Insights and Policy Strategies.”

Higher Minimum Wage Necessary and Possible, says Waging Democracy Panel

Despite all the gloom and doom coming out of Washington, D.C., these days, panelists offered the standing-room-only audience some concrete examples of how people around the country are succeeding in increasing wages and decreasing inequality.