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The Northwestern Neighborhood & Network Initiative

Network Science for Networked Cities

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About Us

The Northwestern Neighborhood & Network Initiative, or N3 for short, is being developed as an incubator for new ways that faculty, experts, and students at Northwestern can engage communities, civic partners, and policy makers to address core problems facing the residents of Chicago and surrounding communities. Specific projects and types of engagement will be linked by a focus how the social relationships among networks, geographic communities, and the constellation of groups, organizations, and civic partners affect what we feel, think, and do—and how understanding, building, and leveraging this sort of network-thinking can improve neighborhoods, the city, and our region.


Welcoming Two New Members To Our Team!

Using Maps and Networks to Reduce Gun Violence

“Sociology professor Andrew Papachristos has been interested in criminal justice ever since childhood, when his Greek immigrant parents were the victims of gang violence on Chicago’s North Side. Now, his research applies public health concepts and network science to map gun violence in U.S. cities, in an effort to save lives and craft more effective long-term prevention policies…” Click the link below to read more.

Read at Northwestern Now
CPD Released 2019 Strategic Plan

CPD Releases 2019 Strategic Plan

The Chicago Police Department (CPD) released their 2019 Strategic Plan early this January. Click below to read the plan which features statements from Mayor Rahm Emmanuel and Superintendent Eddie T. Johnson.

Read the Strategic Plan
How to Donate

How to Donate

By directing your gift to the Northwestern Neighborhood & Network Initiative, you will be helping to generate cutting-edge research and dialogue. Please consider making a contribution to N3 through the We Will giving campaign at Northwestern. To make a gift, follow the link below, click ‘View additional gift designations,’ and type ‘N3’ in the search box.

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News & Announcements

Op-Ed: Another way to look at Chicago's number of killings

New Papachristos & Bastomski Article on Neighborhoods & Networks (American Journal of Sociology)

Inequality in Chicago Neighborhood Homicide Rates Increased Over 20-Year Period

IPR Faculty Spotlight: Andrew Papachristos

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