The Division of the Social Sciences has secured space for a new Social Sciences Research Center (SSRC) on the second floor of McGiffert House (just above the Seminary Co-op Bookstore and Plein Air Café). The facility, which will open later this fall, will provide nearly 6,000 square feet of state-of-the-art research space and facilities to enable faculty across the Division to develop and pursue new research ideas.
The SSRC is designed to foster team-based and multi-method collaborative approaches to understanding complex social problems. In this way it will address the rapidly evolving, and growing needs for research infrastructure that exist across the social sciences and enable the Division to respond flexibly to new opportunities. The bulk of the SSRC is comprised of open-concept research bullpens, collaborative spaces, and a large workshop room that will bring together faculty and students from across the Division for research and programmatic activities. The Center will also provide a home for the Masters Program in Computational Social Science, and space for several core research centers, including The Center for Spatial Data Science, The Knowledge Lab, and the Population Research Center.
The SSRC will host regular workshops of faculty and students who use similar methods across disciplines, such as the Quantitative Research Methods in Social and Health Sciences Workshop, the Demography Workshop, the Ethnography Incubator, and the new Economy and Law Initiative. Further, the SSRC will host research development and methods training sessions, and will leverage the University’s other research facilities and support options, including the Research Computing Center, the Survey Lab, GIS support, and the Social Science Computing Center.
A faculty advisory committee has been convened, chaired by Kate Cagney, that will provide guidance on how to most effectively steward this new resource for the broad benefit of social science research. Brodie Fischer, Guanglei Hong, Ali Hortaçsu, Boaz Keysar, Sanjog Misra, Maggie Penn, and Kaushik Sunder Rajan have agreed to serve on the committee.
Final construction work is underway with doors expected to open in December. Updates will be posted as they become available.