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) 


"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

“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

Recent Activities

in the press

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on the ground

Amy Gottsegen, Fair Tech Collective student and Drexel Computer Science major, presents at EPA Region 2 Forum on Citizen Science (Jan. 2017)


on the page

 on the page

Co-authored “Environmental Justice: Knowledge, Technology, and Expertise” in the Handbook of Science and Technology Studies (Dec. 2016)


in the press

in the press

Authored “Exposing Infrastructure [in] Ambient Air Monitoring”: a collaboration between lab founder Gwen Ottinger and Elisa Sarantschin, M.S. in Environmental Policy, 2016, Drexel University (Oct. 2016)


on the web

in the press

Guest blogger for the Science, Knowledge and Technology Section of the American Sociological Association, in "Technology That 'Works for Us...'"  (March 2016)