Community Resilience and Capacity

Helping communities improve their economic resilience, create sustainable infrastructures, and promote their local economy through value-added opportunities and new business development.

Highlighted Research Activities

  • Social, demographic, economic, and policy issues facing communities
  • Human activity intersecting with natural and agricultural systems
  • Impacts of local and regional food systems

Research Expertise

Research Videos

Introducing the UNESCO Chair
This is a brief introductory video from the UNESCO Chair in Rural Community, Leadership, and Youth Development at Penn State.

Research Centers and Initiatives

Center for Economic and Community Development
Penn State's Center for Economic and Community Development helps create new opportunities for people living throughout Pennsylvania.
Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development (NERCRD)
One of four federally-funded regional centers coordinating rural development research in the U.S., the NERCRD coordinates the initiatives of the rural development faculty from the 15 land-grant institutions in the Northeast region.
Social Science Research Institute
Addresses critical human and social problems at the local, national, and international levels by bringing together researchers from different disciplines.


Promoting economic resilience in Appalachia: Lessons from successful communities
March 22, 2019
The Appalachian communities that enjoyed persistent economic growth following the 2008 Great Recession have a number of factors in common, according to researchers who analyzed all 420 counties in the Appalachian region. Their findings will help guide future economic development strategies across Appalachia.
Researchers examine why health and social services go unused by new veterans
February 27, 2019
Returning to civilian life can be challenging for veterans. While there are many programs and services aimed at helping them readjust, some veterans do not take advantage of these supportive resources. A Penn State-led research team examined factors that are associated with program non-use among veterans who recently left active duty service.
Report: Pennsylvania population trends mirror employment changes since 2000
January 17, 2019
Changes in the distribution of Pennsylvania's population — largely toward the state's southeastern quadrant — reflect challenges that policymakers need to address to promote and maintain statewide prosperity, suggests a new report compiled by economists in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness obtains $1.5 million grant
January 8, 2019
The Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness at Penn State was recently awarded a $1.5 million grant from the Military Suicide Research Consortium (MSRC) to enhance suicide prevention efforts in the U.S. Air Force. The two-year grant will enable the Clearinghouse to bolster the pilot implementation of the Zero Suicide Systems Approach (ZSSA) at five Air Force bases.
Grant will support grain bin safety research at Penn State
December 4, 2018
A $160,000 grant awarded to Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences will support research aimed at reducing the potential for injury and death due to grain bin entrapment.

Upcoming Events

Farm to Fork: a Student/Post-Doc Research Symposium
When: April 26, 2019
Where: Erickson Food Science Building, Rm 252