The Community Development and Regional Outreach Department has a long history of engaging with visiting scholars and consultants in support of original community and economic development research.
In the continuing effort to work with academics in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware, the department launched its Regional Visiting Scholars Program in fall 2017 and selected the first participants in 2018. Faculty and doctoral students affiliated with an academic institution in one of these three states or conducting research in the region are eligible to submit a proposal, and selected scholars are compensated for the development of a discussion paper summarizing their research. More information on the program can be found here.
The window to submit a proposal for the Regional Visiting Scholars Program is now open and will close on Wednesday, October 31, 2018. Please submit your proposal and a current curriculum vitae or resume to Keith Wardrip (215-574-3810). Information on proposal requirements can be found here.
Project description: Labor force participation rates vary widely across metropolitan areas. While many well-known factors contribute to this variation, this project explores two that have received less attention: metropolitan area economies’ industrial structures and workforce development activities.
University of Pennsylvania
Project description: This project uses an extensive survey of Philadelphia residents to better understand a household’s neighborhood choice, existing barriers to mobility and access to neighborhood amenities and capital, and the impact of neighborhood change on households.