World-renowned researcher joins the UiS Business School and the Smart City Research Network

Professor Jennifer Clark of the Knowlton School of Architecture at Ohio State University is appointed adjunct professor at the UiS Business School and the Centre for Innovation Research and affiliated with the UiS Research Network for Smart Sustainable Cities.

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Jennifer Clark
Professor Jennifer Clark

Her expertise in Urban and regional planning; Regional economic development, Inclusive Innovation, and Economic geography will fit well with ongoing research activities at UiS.

"I am honored to be joining the team of accomplished researchers at the UiS Business School's Centre for Innovation Research," says Professor Clark. "I am also excited to partner with the UiS Research Network for Smart Sustainable Cities. CIR is internationally known for its impact in innovation studies and cutting-edge research on "inclusive innovation" --- equitable and sustainable approaches to innovation in the face of challenges ranging from climate change to covid-19.  I especially look forward to working with the students and faculty in the UiS Research Network on Smart Sustainable Cities on shaping the agenda for comparative research on cities and regions in a time of transition." 

Marte C.W. Solheim, Head of the Stavanger Centre for Innovation Research (CIR), is very excited to have Jennifer Clark join the team. The CIR has, since its inception, acquired a solid and visible international reputation in innovation studies, regional science, economic geography, economics, and entrepreneurship. The CIR has been recognized as the most substantial research group in innovation studies in Norway, and Solheim says that having Professor Clark joining will further strengthen this position.

Head of CIR, Marte C. W. Solheim

"We are very excited and honored that Professor Jennifer Clark will be joining us. Clark is a world-renowned researcher with an impressive and extensive research trajectory. She is extremely well-connected and will add both breadth and depth to our team and ongoing research agenda. We are looking very much forward to collaborating and learning from her!"

Professor Clark will also work with the UiS Research Network for Smart Sustainable Cities; a university-wide interdisciplinary research initiative focused on urban and regional green and digital transitions.

"The appointment of Professor Clark is a great asset to the research network. Her areas of expertise and knowledge will strengthen our work on regional development and smart, sustainable cities and regions, a regional strategic priority and an important European priority. With Jennifer's appointment, we hope to accelerate our ambition to become a leading research hub in the Nordic region," says Anders Riel Müller, the Research Network for Smart Sustainable Cities leader.

Professor Jennifer Clark's appointment begins September 21, 2021.

About Professor Jennifer Clark

Jennifer is a Professor and Head of the City and Regional Planning Section at the Knowlton School of Architecture in the College of Engineering at The Ohio State University. Dr. Clark's most recent book is Uneven Innovation: The Work of Smart Cities (Columbia University Press, 2020), won the 2021 Best Book Award from the Urban Affairs Association. She is also the author of Working Regions: Reconnecting Innovation and Production in the Knowledge Economy (Routledge, 2013) and Remaking Regional Economies: Power, Labor, and Firm Strategies in the Knowledge Economy(with Susan Christopherson) (Routledge, 2007) winner of the Best Book Award from the Regional Studies Association in 2009, and co-author of the 3rd edition of Basic Methods of Policy Analysis and Planning (Routledge, 2012), a widely adopted text in urban planning and policy courses. She is co-editor of the Handbook of Manufacturing Industries in the World Economy (Edward Elgar, 2015) and Transitions in Regional Economic Development (Routledge, 2018). In addition, she has written numerous articles and book chapters. Dr. Clark is the Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the journal Regional Studiesand is a Fellow of the American Association of Geographers (AAG) and a Fellow of the Regional Studies Association (RSA).  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 BA from Wesleyan University. Dr. Clark teaches urban and regional economic development theory, analysis, practice, and research design and methods. She has provided expert testimony before the US Congress and policy advice and consulting to the OECD, the Canadian, UK, and US governments and serving on nongovernmental policy commissions and committees. Before joining the Knowlton School, Dr. Clark taught at Cornell University and the Georgia Institute of Technology, where she was also the Director of the Center for Urban Innovation.