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Lehigh Valley Research Consortium


The Lehigh Valley Research Consortium (LVRC) combines the expertise of researchers from institutions of higher education and community partners in the Lehigh Valley to examine various issues (e.g., political, economic, social, health and environmental) and solutions in a regional context.  Through its efforts, the LVRC functions as a community-based information resource for Lehigh Valley governments, non-profits, and citizens concerned with the overall quality of life in the region.

This level of collaborative spirit makes the LVRC unique among consortia.  Faculty, working across disciplines and campuses, create community-focused reports to help inform policy decisions.  This research provides the opportunity to engage students in applied research projects both inside and outside of the classroom.

Ongoing Initiatives:

  • Research and Teaching
  • Community Outreach
  • Community Based Information System (Data)

For more information, contact Hannah Stewart-Gambino, Ph.D., LVRC Director, Professor of Government and Law/International Affairs, Lafayette College, stewarth@lafayette.edu.

Preview previous projects here.
The data from the Community Based Information System is available for download and preview here.

Preview searchable previous projects (by authors, topics, and campus) here.


State of the Lehigh Valley

Each year, the Lehigh Valley Research Consortium publishes the State of the Lehigh Valley: Community Trends at a Glance, a report that showcases consortial faculty research on the quality of life in the Lehigh Valley region. The most report is released at an annual event, which provides a venue for local business and community leaders to gather, listen to findings, and discuss opportunities for collaborative action. The next State of the Lehigh Valley event will take place in the Fall of 2017 to commemorate the 10 Year Anniversary of the Lehigh Valley Research Consortium. Preview an update on the LVRC’s latest news here.

Preview prior State of the Lehigh Valley reports here.

Preview searchable State of the Lehigh Valley reports (by authors and campus) here.