- Economic Development
- Industry Studies
- Science and Technology Policy
- Social and Urban Policy
- Urban Studies
Jennifer Clark is an Associate Professor at the School of Public Policy and Director of the Center for Urban Innovation at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Clark publishes work on the development and diffusion of regional policies and their effect on cities and their economic resilience.
Within the field of regional economic development policy, Dr. Clark focuses on the actors and processes that shape agglomeration economies (industrial and innovation districts) and innovation systems in and across city-regions. Using an interdisciplinary and mixed-methods approach, her work draws on economic geography, public policy, and regional planning. The resulting research program and publications focus on: 1) the co-location of innovation and production through firm networks (clusters), regional innovation systems, and institutional intermediaries with a focus on the connection between innovation and production, and 2) the governance (national and regional policies) behind the organization of resilient regional economies (and “smart,” sustainable cities).
Dr. Clark has published four books. Working Regions: Reconnecting Innovation and Production in the Knowledge Economy (2013) focuses on policy models aimed at rebuilding the links between innovation and manufacturing in the U.S. Remaking Regional Economies: Power, Labor, and Firm Strategies in the Knowledge Economy (with Susan Christopherson) won the Best Book Award from the Regional Studies Association in 2009. Basic Methods of Policy Analysis and Planning (with Carl Patton and David Sawicki) is widely adopted in policy and planning courses. The Handbook of Manufacturing Industries in the World Economy (edited with John Bryson and Vida Vanchan) was published by Edward Elgar in June 2015. In addition to her books, Dr. Clark has published more than twenty book chapters and articles.
Dr. Clark writes, consults, and speaks on the subject of national and regional development policies related to innovation and manufacturing and production (esp. among small and medium sized firm networks). She has collaborated on manufacturing and innovation policy projects with a broad range of national and state/provincial governments and non-governmental organizations including: the OECD (the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development), the European Union, the Canadian, United Kingdom, United States governments, professional academic associations such as the Regional Studies Association and the Industry Studies Association, and the National Science Foundation (US).
Dr. Clark's academic leadership includes serving as the Economic Geography Section editor of the Geography Compass Journal and as the recently elected Vice-Chair (2015-2016) with a subsequent term as Chair (2016-2018) for the Economic Geography Specialty Group (EGSG) of the Association of American Geographers (an academic association with over 10,000 members in 60 countries). Dr. Clark is an honorary visiting research fellow with the Institute of Advanced Studies at the University of Birmingham, UK through 2016. She is also a Founding Member of the Industry Studies Association and served as the Regional Planning conference Track Chair for the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning from 2009-2012. She also served from 2012-2014 on the International Society for Optics and Photonics' (SPIE) Engineering, Science, Technology Policy Committee. Since the mid-1990s, Dr. Clark has studied the spatial and organizational dynamics of the optics, imaging, and photonics industry both in the U.S. and internationally.
Dr. Clark earned her Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from Cornell University, a Master’s degree in Economic Development and Planning from the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota, and holds a B.A. from Wesleyan University in Connecticut. Dr. Clark teaches courses on urban and regional economic development theory, analysis, and practice as well as research design and methods. At Georgia Tech, she is a faculty affiliate with the Center for Organic Photonics and Electronics (COPE), the Georgia Tech Manufacturing Institute (GTMI), the Institute for People and Technology (IPAT), and the GVU Center.
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.
This 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, the author 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.
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.
Basic Methods of Policy Analysis and Planning presents quickly applied methods for analyzing and resolving planning and policy issues at state, regional, and urban levels.
Quantitative and qualitative methods are combined in a systematic approach to addressing policy dilemmas and urban planning problems. In addition to methods, the book presents the rationale and process of policy analysis as well as policy application cases. Many of today’s most important policy problems are resolved quickly, and time is seldom available for researched analysis. Planners and analysts must use quick, basic methods in order to generate, test, and even advocate alternatives in the time available and with the resources at hand—if they are to have an impact on public policy.
This book is for students and analysts who seek to learn quick, basic methods that can be applied to a range of policy problems. It should be especially useful for the beginning analyst or the person starting the study of policy analysis and planning. The book assumes no prior knowledge of advanced mathematics or economics on the part of the reader. We deliberately avoided methods that require such knowledge, but the reader who has these skills can certainly apply them to the exercises and cases. We also avoided methods that involve extensive research.
The book is divided into two parts: Part One: Methods presents quick, basic methods in nine chapters—organized around the steps in the policy analysis process. It also includes a review of the policy analysis and planning process and serves as a guide to recent literature on policy analysis and planning methods. Part Two: Cases presents seven policy cases, which range from brief mini-cases that can be solved in a day or two to longer, more complex cases that take substantially more time. The cases, like the methods chapters, are intended to lead the reader to integrate quantitative and qualitative approaches. Methods chapters include glossaries and exercises. All exercises and cases are taken from real experiences.