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About Jennifer Clark

Jennifer Clark is Associate Professor in the School of Public Policy at the Georgia Institute of Technology where she is Director of the Center for Urban Innovation and Associate Director for Smart Cities and Inclusive Innovation. Dr. Clark's work includes:  Working Regions: Reconnecting Innovation and Production in the Knowledge Economy (2013), Remaking Regional Economies: Power, Labor, and Firm Strategies in the Knowledge Economy (2007) w/ Susan Christopherson, winner of the Best Book Award from the Regional Studies Association in 2009, and the 3rd edition of Basic Methods of Policy Analysis and Planning (2012) w/ Carl Patton and David Sawicki, a widely adopted text in public policy and urban and regional planning courses. In 2015 she co-edited Handbook of Manufacturing Industries in the World Economy. Her current research projects include a new book: Making Smart Cities: Innovation and the Production of New Urban Knowledge (Columbia University Press). In addition, she has written numerous articles and book chapters.

Dr. Clark is a Fellow of the American Association of Geographers (AAG). Her academic leadership includes serving as the current Chair of the Economic Geography Specialty Group (EGSG) of the AAG as well as serving as the Chair of the AAG’s Nominating Committee.  Dr. Clark is also an editor 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 specializes in the theory and analysis of the spatial organization of economic activity and regional economic development policy. Dr. Clark has provided expert testimony before the US Congress and policy advice and consulting to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the EU, the Canadian, UK, and US governments as well as serving on nongovernmental policy commissions and committees. 


Present School of Public Policy, Georgia Institute of Technology
Present Associate Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology

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

School of Public Policy
Georgia Institute of Technology
685 Cherry Street
Atlanta, GA 30332 - 0345 USA


Books (4)

Edited Books (2)

Articles (16)

Book Chapters and Sections (14)