Jennifer Clark

Director of the Center for Urban Innovation and an Associate Professor, School of Public Policy
Georgia Tech

Jennifer Clark is the Director of the Center for Urban Innovation and an Associate Professor in the School of Public Policy at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Clark’s research focuses on regional economic development, manufacturing, industrial districts and innovation. 

Her first book, Remaking Regional Economies: Power, Labor, and Firm Strategies in the Knowledge Economy won the Best Book Award from the Regional Studies Association in 2009. She recently published Working Regions: Reconnecting Innovation and Production in the Knowledge Economy (2013). Her work focuses on policy models aimed at rebuilding the links between innovation and manufacturing in the US. She has collaborated on manufacturing and innovation policy projects with a broad range of organizations including the OECD, and the Canadian, UK, and US governments.  

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 Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota, and holds a B.A. from Wesleyan University in Connecticut. At Georgia Tech, Dr. Clark teaches courses on urban and regional economic development theory, analysis, and practice as well as research design and methods. She is also a distinguished visiting fellow with the Institute of Advanced Studies at the University of Birmingham, UK.

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