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Industrial and software engineering; solving public problems


Beth Simone Noveck is a professor at Northeastern University, where she directs the Burnes Center for Social Change and its partner project, The Governance Lab (The GovLab) and its MacArthur Research Network on Opening Governance. The author of Solving Public Problems: How to Fix Our Government and Change Our World (Yale Press 2021), she is also Core Faculty at the Institute for Experiential AI at Northeastern.


  • JD, Yale Law School, 1997
  • PhD, Political Science, Universität Innsbruck, 1994

Research Overview

Industrial and software engineering; solving public problems

My research focuses on institutional innovation and on the impact of technology on public institutions. As an interdisciplinary scholar tenured in law and engineering with long-standing experience in public administration, I work at the intersection of several fields to address how can governments, especially cities, take advantage of law, policy, data and technology to accelerate solutions to social problems, advance social justice and deepen democracy. I also focus on the science of public problem solving and teaching engineers to implement and scale their innovations with and for communities.

Selected Publications

  • Steve Balla, Reeve Bull, Bridget Dooling, Emily Hammond, Michael Herz, Michael Livermore, and Beth Simone Noveck, “Mass, Computer-Generated, and Fraudulent Comments,” Report for the Administrative Conference of the United States, July 2021
  • Victòria Alsina Burgués, Eduardo González de Molina and Beth Simone Noveck, Mapeando oportunidades colaborativas para Madrid: Inteligencia colectiva para instituciones del siglo XXI, The GovLab, January 2021.
  • Beth Simone Noveck, “Innovationsfähigkeit als Schlüsselkompetenz für die öffentliche Verwaltung,” in Brief aus der Zukunft, Statistisches Bundesamt, Feb 1, 2021.
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Aug 18, 2021

New Faculty Spotlight: Beth Noveck

Beth Noveck joins the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering department in July 2021 as a Professor, with joint appointments in the School of Law, the College of Arts, Media and Design, and the College of Social Sciences and Humanities.

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