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Ted Landsmark joined Northeastern this year as Distinguished Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and the new director of the Kitty and Michael Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy.

Ted Landsmark’s current research draws upon efforts by cities to address demographic changes and racial inequities, resilience, gentrification and affordability, global economic needs and local education, waterfront development, re-branding through design, and data-driven management to better inform emerging urban planning strategies. He recently facilitated symposia on the implications of expanding autonomous vehicle uses, urban ecosystems involving wildlife in cities, and the application of an elevator company’s vertical transportation knowledge to reducing horizontal congestion.

“The core value of what we’re doing is that changes in urban and regional policy have to achieve social justice and equity among the diversity of people who are living in and near cities,” Landsmark said.