School of Public Policy
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 (w/ Carl Patton and David Sawicki), a widely adopted text in policy and planning courses. Her current research projects include a new book: Making Smart Cities: Innovation and the Production of New Urban Knowledge (with Columbia University Press). In 2015 she co-edited the Handbook of Manufacturing Industries in the World Economy (w/ John Bryson and Vida Vanchan). In addition, she has written more than thirty articles and book chapters.
Within the field of regional economic development policy, Clark focuses on the actors and processes that shape agglomeration economies and innovation systems in and across city-regions. 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, and 2) the governance (national and regional policies) behind the organization of resilient regional economies and “smart” cities.
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 EU, the Canadian, UK, and US governments, professional academic associations such as the Regional Studies Association and the Industry Studies Association, and the National Science Foundation (US).