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About Joan Fitzgerald

Professor Fitzgerald is the author of Emerald Cities: Urban Sustainability and Economic Development (Oxford Univ. Press, 2010), which examines how U.S. and Western European cities are addressing the interrelated issues of global warming, energy dependence and opportunities for green economic development. This potential includes building new technology-based industry clusters, improving the efficiency of production in existing manufacturing processes, and creating well-paying green jobs in construction, manufacturing, and entirely new advanced technology sectors.


Present Director, Law and Public Policy Program, Northeastern University
Present Director, Urban Studies Minor, Northeastern University
Present Professor, Law and Public Policy, Northeastern University

Research Interests

Urban economic development, Urban sustainability planning, Workforce development, and Green economic development

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  • Cities, Sustainability and Climate Change
  • Urban Economic Development
  • Climate Change Policy

Contact Information

Northeastern University
ATTN: Joan Fitzgerald, 335 HO
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115-5000
Phone: (617) 373-3644