Research Projects

Students in the Economic and Social Development of Regions master's program must complete either a thesis or a professional project to graduate.

These are a few of the projects ESDR students have completed:

  • Lawrence Community Works: A Look into IDAs (Individual Development Accounts) and the Family Asset Building Department (FAB)
  • The Creative Economy: It’s a Push Not a Plan
  • Temporary Work in the Merrimack Valley: An In-Depth Look
  • A Study of Alternative Staffing Organizations
  • Creating Microenterprise Opportunities in Rural Peru
  • Creative Products On-Line Catalogue
  • Surveying of Lowell’s Emergent Generation
  • Don’t Borrow Trouble Campaign in Lawrence, Massachusetts
  • Planning an Annual Fundraising Party for United Teen Equality Center
  • Designing the Framework of Lowell’s Green Building Program
  • Reproductive and Developmental Toxins
  • Community Outreach through Environmental Education
  • Welfare To Work Programs In Massachusetts: A Comparison and Recommendation
  • Assessing Spiritual/Life Concerns of Adult Student Learners and International Students
  • Bringing Proportional Representation to the City of Lowell in Collaboration with a Local Non-Profit
  • High School Dropout Rates: Consequences and Remedies – A Perspective on Lowell High School
  • Cultural Organization of Lowell
  • MCAS and Education Reform in Lawrence, MA