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Clark named head of City and Regional Planning

Professor Jennifer Clark has been named the next section head of City and Regional Planning. Before joining the Knowlton School of Architecture, Clark taught at Cornell University and the Georgia Institute of Technology where she was also the Director of the Center for Urban Innovation.

"Leading the City and Regional Planning Section at Knowlton presents a rare opportunity to engage and shape the future of planning practice, education and research,” commented Clark. “Planning is uniquely grounded in rigorous research, community-focused planning practice, student-centered learning and deep and diverse faculty expertise. Our innovative undergraduate and graduate degree programs offer a distinctly optimistic and aspirational approach to planning inclusive, sustainable, and equitable cities and communities."

Clark researches and teaches courses on urban and regional economic development theory, analysis and practice, as well as research design and methods. She has provided expert testimony before the U.S. Congress and policy advice and consulting to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and the Canadian, U.K., and U.S. governments. 

Clark is a Fellow of the American Association of Geographers (AAG) and the Regional Studies Association. She is the Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the journal Regional Studies and recently served as the Chair of the Economic Geography Specialty Group of the AAG (2017-2019). Clark earned a PhD from Cornell University, a master’s degree from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota and a bachelor's from Wesleyan University. 

Clark's most recent book, Uneven Innovation: The Work of Smart Cities (2020) is forthcoming from Columbia University Press. Her other books include Working Regions: Reconnecting Innovation and Production in the Knowledge Economy (2013) and 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. She is also co-editor of Handbook of Manufacturing Industries in the World Economy(2015) and Transitions in Regional Economic Development (2018). In addition, she has written numerous articles and book chapters.

contributed by Knowlton School of Architecture