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Research

Drexel University Department of Sociology Research

Center for Mobilities Research and Policy

The Center for Mobilities Research and Policy (mCenter) is a nexus for innovative collaborations that examine global issues from the interaction of mobile technology and public space to the future of sustainable transport. The mCenter combines interdisciplinary approaches to the study of travel, transport, migration, borders and mobile communication into one over-arching framework. Over the past decade, a "new mobilities paradigm"; has been developing in the social sciences, involving new theoretical approaches and methodological innovations for studying many kinds of mobilities and mobility systems. The term "mobilities" applies to both the large-scale movements of people, objects, capital and information across the world, and the more local processes of daily transportation, movement through urban space, and mobile communications.

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Drexel Urban Sexuality Lab

The Urban Sexuality Lab conducts research on the intersection between urban sociology and the sociology of sexualities. The Lab is hosted by the Department of Sociology at Drexel University and directed by Dr. Jason Orne. Students working in the lab examine the connections between sexuality and space. The lab’s research especially focuses on the relationship between queer (LGBTQIA+) people and urban processes. The Urban Sexuality Lab is led by student-researchers, research assistants and volunteers who split their time equally between Dr. Orne’s research agenda and research projects selected, organized, analyzed and written by student consensus.

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Social Science Lab at Drexel

The Social Science Lab at Drexel provides scholars and teachers in the College of Arts and Sciences access to technologies and facilities to support research and educational programs dealing with topics that are at the forefront of public discourse, such as climate change, crime, environmental justice, new media, and politics. The Social Science Lab includes state-of-the-art focus group and interview rooms to support common data collection methods used in social science research. It also includes two smart classrooms that are equipped with the latest analytical and creative software tools. Access to these tools in our classes is instrumental to providing students with the analytical skills that are highly valued in the labor market.

We invite you to learn more about the rooms available through the Social Science Lab and to access the reservation system:

Smart Classroom at 3101 Market Street

Drexel Social Science Smart Classroom at 3101 Market Steet

Room Number: 224 (inside Suite 250)
Capacity: 30 students; 24 students for laptop classes
Lectern: Stationary
Computers: 24 laptops running Windows 10; stored and charged in locked cabinet
A/V: Built-in video projector and in-ceiling speakers; automatic screen
Additional Features: Whiteboard writing surface, desks on wheels and configurable

Available Software (and software type) on Computers:

  • Microsoft Office (Office Productivity)
  • Adobe Acrobat (PDF Viewer and Creator)
  • Microsoft Edge (Web Browser)
  • Mozilla Firefox (Web Browser)
  • SPSS (Quantitative Analysis)
  • Nvivo (Qualitative Analysis)
  • ArcGIS (GIS Mapping Software)
  • R (Quantitative Analysis)
  • R Commander (GUI for R)
  • UCINET 6 (Social Network Analysis)
  • Node XL: (Network Analysis/Visualization)
  • Adobe Photoshop (Image Editing)
  • Audacity (Audio Editing)
  • Zotero (Tool to collect, organize and share research resources)

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Focus Group Room at 3101 Market Street

Drexel Social Science Focus Group Room at 3101 Market Street

Room Number: 213
Capacity: 15 people
A/V: Vaddio recording system for visual and audio recording
Additional Features: Whiteboard writing surface, large screen walled monitor, tables with fifteen wheeled chairs


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Interview Room #1 at 3101 Market Street

Drexel Social Sciences Interview Room One at 3101 Market Street

Room Number: 215
Capacity: 4 people
A/V: Vaddio recording system for visual and audio recording
Additional Features: Table with four wheeled chairs


Make a reservation for Interview Room #1 at 3101 Market