We believe that science and technology can empower communities—but need to be guided by deep insight into communities’ issues, goals, and strategies. We build that insight using empirical research and social theory.

The Fair Tech Collective trains students from Drexel University to take a critical and constructive approach to science and technology. They learn to collaborate and translate across diverse viewpoints.

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Gwen Ottinger

lab founder


Associate Professor
Department of Politics
Center for Science, Technology, and Society
Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA

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For media inquiries, email Emily Storz at Drexel University or call 215.895.2705 (office) or 609.351.3592 (cell) 


"I began learning from Gwen sixteen years ago. She taught me the fundamentals about citizen science, about sampling, about engaging and informing communities so that they can be their own advocates."

—Anne Rolfes, Founding Director, Louisiana Bucket Brigade

“The Fair Tech Collective gave me the rare opportunity to critically evaluate which features of technology support democratic values, and which suppress them.”

—Amy Gottsegen, Computer Science major, Drexel University


"Dr. Ottinger has provided the space and leadership for community members to collaborate on significant refinery monitoring issues."

—Constance M. Beutel, EdD, Good Neighbor Steering Committee, Benicia, California

"Working with the Fair Tech Collective showed—rather than told—me the importance of technology that is sensitive to the lives of those it affects."

—Derek Parrott, M.S., Science, Technology, and Society, Drexel University, 2016

Recent Activities

in the Press


Discover Magazine blog highlights Gwen Ottinger's contributions to new NACEPT report on strengthening citizen science at the EPA (Apr. 2018)

On the ground 


Gwen Ottinger speaks at UC Davis about community and citizen science (Apr. 2018)

In the press 


Air Watch Bay Area featured in the Drexel College of Arts and Sciences newsletter (Jan. 2018)


on the page

in the press


on the web


Authored, "Opening black boxes: environmental justice and injustice through the lens of science and technology studies", in The Routledge Handbook of Environmental Justice (2017)

Fair Tech collective research was included in the article, "New Blood: The Promise of Environmental Health Citizen Science Projects" (Nov. 2017)

Translation published of, "Lessons Learned from an Experiment in Infrastructuring" in Toxic News (Nov. 2017)