- Economic Development and Smart Cities
- Global Cities and Urban Society
- Regional Economic Development
- Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy
- Urban Economics
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 has written three books: 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's academic leadership includes serving as the current Chair of the Economic Geography Specialty Group (EGSG) of the American Association of Geographers (AAG) as well as serving as the Chair of the AAG’s Nominating Committee. She 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 European Commission, the Canadian, UK, and US governments as well as serving on nongovernmental policy commissions and committees.
Book – 2013
Working Regions focuses on policy aimed at building sustainable and resilient regional economies in the wake of the global recession. Using examples of four ‘working regions’ — regions where research and design functions and manufacturing still coexist in the same cities — the book argues for a new approach to regional economic development. It does this by highlighting policies that foster innovation and manufacturing in small firms, focus research centers on pushing innovation down the supply chain, and support dynamic, design-driven firm networks.
The book traces several key themes underlying the core proposition that for a region to work, it has to link research and manufacturing activities — namely, innovation and production — in the same place. Among the topics discussed in this volume are the issues of how the location of research and development infrastructure produces a clear role of the state in innovation and production systems, and how policy emphasis on pre-production processes in the 1990s has obscured the financialization of intellectual property. Throughout the book, Clark draws on examples from diverse industries, including the medical devices industry and the US photonics industry, in order to illustrate the different themes of working regions and the various institutional models operating in various countries and regions.
Clark, Jennifer (2013) Working Regions: Reconnecting Innovation and Production in the Knowledge Economy, London: Routledge.
Book – 2007
Since the early 1980s, the region has been central to thinking about the emerging character of the global economy. In fields as diverse as business management, industrial relations, economic geography, sociology, and planning, the regional scale has emerged as an organizing concept for interpretations of economic change. This book is both a critique of the "new regionalism" and a return to the "regional question," including all of its concerns with equity and uneven development. It will challenge researchers and students to consider the region as a central scale of action in the global economy, and at the core of the book are case studies of two industries that rely on skilled, innovative, and flexible workers - the optics and imaging industry and the film and television industry. Combined with this is a discussion of the regions that constitute their production centers. The authors’ intensive research on photonics and entertainment media firms, both large and small, leads them to question some basic assumptions behind the new regionalism and to develop an alternative framework for understanding regional economic development policy. Finally, there is a re-examination of what the regional question means for the concept of the learning region. This book draws on the rich contemporary literature on the region but also addresses theoretical questions that preceded "the new regionalism." It contributes to teaching and research in a range of social science disciplines and this new paperback edition will also make the book more accessible to students and researchers in those disciplines, those individuals who will influence the re-structuring economies of the 21st century.
Christopherson, Susan and Jennifer Clark (2007) Remaking Regional Economies: Power, Labor, and Firm Strategies in the Knowledge Economy. London: Routledge.
Chapter – November 2017
Clark, Jennifer (2017) Policy through Practice: Local Communities, Self-Organization, and Policy. In Gordon Clark, Maryann Feldman, Meric Gertler, and Dariusz Wójcik, eds. The New Oxford Handbook of Economic Geography. Oxford: Oxford University Press. p. 810-825.
Chapter – August 2017
Wood, Mackenzie, Emma French, and Jennifer Clark (2017) Chapter 14: Atlanta’s Food Truck Triumph: Rethinking Policy in an Age of Temporary Urbanism, Julian Agyeman, Caitlin Matthews and Hannah Sobel, Eds. Food Trucks, Cultural Identity and Social Justice: From Loncheras to Lobsta Love. Cambridge, MIT Press. p. 263-284.
Chapter – August 2017
Bryson, John R., Jennifer Clark and Rachel Mulhall (2017) Chapter 10: The Third Industrial Revolution and the City? Digital Manufacturing and the Transformation of Homes into Miniature Factories. Krzysztof Nawratek, ed. Urban Re-Industrialization. New York: Punctum Books. p. 107-116
Chapter – August 2017
Clark, Jennifer (2017) Chapter 8: Resilient Regions and Open Innovation: The Evolution of Smart Cities and Civic Entrepreneurship. Tim Vorley and Nick Williams, Eds. Creating Resilient Economies: Entrepreneurship, Growth and Development in Uncertain Times. Northampton, MA. Edward Elgar. p. 109-122.
Working Paper – March 2017
For citation use: Mynatt E., Clark J., Hager G., Lopresti D., Morrisett G., Narhstedt K., Pappas G., Patel S., Rexford J., Wright H., & Zorn B. (2017) A National Research Agenda for Intelligent Infrastructure. http://cra.org/ccc/resources/ccc-led-whitepapers/
Journal Article – January 2017
Turok, Ivan, David Bailey, Jennifer Clark, Jun Du, Ugo Fratesi, Michael Fritsch, John Harrison, Tom Kemeny, Dieter Kogler, Arnoud Lagendijk, Tomasz Mickiewicz, Ernest Miguelez, Stefano Usai, Fiona Wishlade (2017) Editorial: Global Reversal, Regional Revival? Regional Studies. 50th Anniversary Special Issue. Vol. 51. Pp. 1-8
Other Publication – December 2016
Clark, Jennifer (2016) Review of Atlanta Unbound: Enabling Sprawl through Policy and Planning by Carlton Wade Basmajian. Temple University Press: 2013. Journal of Planning Education and Research. p. online first Dec. 2016.
Other Publication – August 2016
Economic Geography. Publisher's Site. ISSN 1944-8287. DOI 10.1080/00130095.2016.1205945.