The 2015 Community Development Research Conference, the ninth biennial event, seeks to spur a robust discussion on the theme Economic Mobility: Research & Ideas on Strengthening Families, Communities & the Economy. Profound economic forces that occurred during the Great Recession have challenged the financial stability and optimism of families, the prosperity of communities, and the sustained growth of the U.S. economy. These challenges have led to widespread debate over whether and how the prospect of economic mobility, or moving up the economic ladder, has changed in the United States.

To further a dialogue on the subject, the Fed invites original, high-quality research from a range of disciplines that can inform and affect how policy is formed and how community practice is carried out. Submissions for plenary, concurrent, and poster sessions are invited in three broad categories: families, communities, and the economy. Abstracts of 500 words are due September 8; you can access the guidelines for further information. Please direct questions to or call 314-444-8761.