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About Jennifer Clark

Jennifer Clark is Knowlton School Distinguished Professor and Head of the City and Regional Planning Section at the Knowlton School of Architecture in the College of Engineering at The Ohio State University. She specializes in urban and regional economic development planning. Dr. Clark's most recent book is Uneven Innovation: The Work of Smart Cities (Columbia University Press, 2020) won the 2021 Urban Affairs Association Best Book Award as well as the 2022 Regional Studies Association Best Book Award. Her first book, Remaking Regional Economies: Power, Labor, and Firm Strategies in the Knowledge Economy (Routledge, 2007, with Susan Christopherson) also won the 2009 Regional Studies Association Best Book Award.
Dr. Clark is also the author of Working Regions: Reconnecting Innovation and Production in the Knowledge Economy (Routledge, 2013) and co-author of the 3rd edition of Basic Methods of Policy Analysis and Planning (Routledge, 2012), a widely adopted text in urban planning and policy courses. She is co-editor of the Handbook of Manufacturing Industries in the World Economy (Edward Elgar, 2015) and Transitions in Regional Economic Development (Routledge, 2018). In addition, she has written numerous articles and book chapters.
Dr. Clark is a Fellow of the American Association of Geographers (AAG) and a Fellow of the Regional Studies Association (RSA). She is also the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Regional Studies. She earned her Ph.D. from Cornell University, a Master’s degree from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota, and a B.A. from Wesleyan University in Connecticut. 
Dr. Clark teaches courses on urban and regional economic development theory, analysis, and practice and research design and methods. She has provided expert testimony before the US Congress and policy advice and consulting to the OECD, the Canadian, UK, and US governments. Before joining the Knowlton School, Dr. Clark taught at Cornell University and the Georgia Institute of Technology where she was also the Director of the Center for Urban Innovation.


2019 - Present Professor and Head, Ohio State University - Main Campus

Research Interests

urban and regional economic development policy, regional/national innovation systems, advanced manufacturing, industry clusters and industrial districts, optics and photonics industry, and labor market regulation and restructuring

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Contact Information

Jennifer Clark, PhD 
Professor and Head
City and Regional Planning Section
The Knowlton School 
College of Engineering
200F Knowlton Hall
275 West Woodruff Avenue, 
Columbus, OH 43210-1138


Books (5)

Edited Books (2)

Articles (29)