Drexel’s Center for Mobilities Research and Policy aims to be a national leader in shaping future healthy and sustainable mobilities, and promoting mobility justice at both global and local scales.
We convene students, faculty, communities and interdisciplinary research networks around:
1) Advancing new mobility systems and integrated visions for sustainable cities and mobility justice.
2) Harnessing the potentials of new mobile communication technologies for smart growth, community health, public art, and civic participation.
3) Training Drexel students to understand and solve “real world” mobility challenges, working with community partners.
4) Engaging Drexel Univerity with local communities, national partners, and global networks.
The term “mobilities” applies to both the large-scale movements of people, objects, capital, and information across the world, as well as the more local processes of daily transportation, movement through public and private space, and mobile communications. The mCenter promotes new theoretical approaches, new methods, and the academic leadership to research, envision, and foster alternative mobility futures based on innovative collaborations between the arts and social sciences, engineering, business, law, media and design, and public health. This is an area of growing academic interest, policy debate, and research investment. The mCenter is becoming a nexus for generating innovative collaborations within Drexel, across the Greater Philadelphia region, and internationally.
The mCenter organizes and hosts public events including conferences, symposia, workshops, film screenings, and art exhibitions focusing on issues such as:
- contemporary urban environments and their complex infrastructures, architectures of mobility, and networked connections;
- questions of sustainable mobility and mobility justice;
- border control, population surveillance and political conflict over the rights to mobility and rights to enter, stay, and reside;
- movement of risks and diseases across the increasingly interdependent world;
- development of new mobile technologies including automated highways, cybercars, locative media and location based gaming.
- bodily (im)mobilities within homes and buildings, including children’s and elderly mobility