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Social Science

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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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Center for Science, Technology and Society

Faculty and students in the Center for Science, Technology and Society (STS) systematically address our world’s most pressing techno-scientific challenges and their social implications. The STS Center brings together faculty and students who investigate the social dimensions of technology, medicine and science. Faculty in a range of fields — anthropology, criminal justice, history, information sciences, philosophy, political science, public health and sociology — conduct original research on the impact of new technologies, medical categories and scientific knowledge. They also investigate why some technologies or scientific knowledge are adopted while others are not.

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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. Hosted by the Department of Criminology and Justice Studies at Drexel University, the 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.

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