Cutting-edge research leads to innovation and impact

Research at SP2 is led by renowned faculty who are highly respected practitioners, educators, and mentors. Together with a worldwide network of global collaborators, they are advancing knowledge that drives justice, equity, and social innovation in a range of critical areas such as homelessness, health equity, social innovation, and more.

Research Centers

Students, faculty, and collaborators connect in SP2’s research centers to further groundbreaking scholarship in areas such as philanthropy, aging, social impact, children’s policy, violence and abuse, and guaranteed income.

Center for Carceral Communities

Works collaboratively with neighborhoods in West Philadelphia to help people with a history of incarceration re-engage with the community

Center for Guaranteed Income Research

An applied research center that specializes in cash-transfer research, evaluation, pilot design, and narrative change


The only university-based center with a singular focus on philanthropy for social impact

Center for Social Impact Strategy

Alternative learning opportunities equip those who seek to make a social impact through the application of practical research and our community of educational partners and mentors

Center for Social Mobility & Prosperity

A “think and do tank” to research solutions and provide capacity building support for efforts that put people and communities on a path to sustained, generational prosperity

Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice & Research

A collaboration of SP2, Penn’s schools of Law, Medicine, Nursing, Arts and Sciences, and the Graduate School of Education, and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, this center is focused on reform of the child welfare system

Ortner Center on Violence & Abuse

Dedicated to increasing women’s well-being by identifying societal changes that might affect violence against women and girls



The Challenges of Reforming the Criminal Justice System – Taylor Pacheco

Taylor Pacheco is the Deputy Director of Philadelphia lawyers for Social Equity. She has a wide range of experience assisting clients in the criminal legal system including at Community Legal […]




The Movement for a Civil Right to Counsel – Len Reiser

Len Rieser is Program Coordinator for the Sheller Center for Social Justice, and also teaches the Access to Justice Clinic and Education Law at Temple University. He is the former […]




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The 3rd Annual Edmund W. Gordon Social Policy/Social Justice Lecture – Schooling Against the Prison: Education Policy in the Age of Incarceration

The MS in Social Policy program is pleased to invite you to the third annual Edmund W. Gordon Social Policy/Social Justice lecture featuring Dr. Marc Lamont Hill, moderated by Dr. […]


Contact Us

Phyllis Solomon, PhD

Associate Dean for Research

215 898 5533