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William Clark is the Harvey Brooks Professor of
International Science, Public Policy and Human Development at
Harvard Universitys John F. Kennedy School of Government. His
research focuses on sustainability science: understanding the
interactions of human and environmental systems with a view toward
advancing the goals of sustainable development. He is particularly
interested in how institutional arrangements affect the linkage
between knowledge and action in the sustainability arena. At
Harvard, he currently co-directs the Sustainability Science
Program. He is co-author of Adaptive environmental assessment
and management (Wiley, 1978), Redesigning rural
development (Hopkins, 1982); and The global health system:
Institutions in a time of transition (Harvard, 2010); editor of
the Carbon dioxide review (Oxford, 1982); coeditor of
Sustainable development of the biosphere (Cambridge, 1986),
The earth transformed by human action (Cambridge, 1990),
Learning to manage global environmental risks (MIT, 2001),
and Global Environmental Assessments (MIT, 2006); and
co-chaired the US National Research Councils study Our
Common Journey:A Transition Toward
Sustainability (NAP, 1999). He serves on the editorial
board of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.
Clark is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a Fellow
of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is a
recipient of the MacArthur Prize, the Humboldt Prize, the Kennedy
School's Carballo Award for excellence in teaching, and the Harvard
College Phi Beta Kappa Prize for Excellence in
Managing a Living Planet: Governance Solutions for Global Environmental Problems
Sustainability Science: Interactions Between Human and Environmental Systems
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Selected Publication Citations:
- Academic Journal/Scholarly Articles
Matus, Kira J. M., William C. Clark, Paul T. Anastas, and Julie B.
Zimmerman. "Barriers to the Implementation of Green Chemistry in
the United States." Environmental Science & Technology
46.20 (October 2012): 10892-10899.
Clark, William C., Thomas P. Tomich, Meine van Noordwijk, David
Guston, Delia Catacutan, Nancy M. Dickson, and Elizabeth McNie.
"Boundary Work for Sustainable Development: Natural Resource
Management at the Consultative Group on International Agricultural
Research (CGIAR)." Proceedings of the National Academy of
Sciences (August 15, 2011): published online.
Chapin, F. Stuart III, Stephen R. Carpenter, Gary P. Kofinas, Carl
Folke, Nick Abel, William C. Clark, Per Olsson, D. Mark Stafford
Smith, Brian Walker, Oran R. Young, Fikret Berkes, Reinette Biggs,
J. Morgan Grove, Rosamond L. Naylor, Evelyn Pinkerton, Will
Steffen, and Frederick J. Swanson. "Ecosystem Stewardship:
Sustainability Strategies for a Rapidly Changing Planet." Trends
in Ecology & Evolution 25.4 (April 2010): 241-249.
Moon, Suerie, Nicole A. Szlezák, Catherine M. Michaud, Dean T.
Jamison, Gerald T. Keusch, William C. Clark, and Barry R. Bloom.
"The Global Health System: Lessons for a Stronger Institutional
Framework." PLoS Medicine 7.1 (January 2010): e1000193.
Szlezák, Nicole A., Barry R. Bloom, Dean T. Jamison, Gerald T.
Keusch, Catherine M. Michaud, Suerie Moon, and William C. Clark.
"The Global Health System: Actors, Norms, and Expectations in
Transition." PLoS Medicine 7.1 (January 2010): 1-4.
Clark, William C. "Sustainability Science: A Room of its Own."
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United
States of America 104.6 (February 6, 2007): 1737-1738.
Cash, David W., William C. Clark, et al. "Knowledge Systems for
Sustainable Development." Proceedings of the National Academy of
Sciences of the United States of America 100.14 (2003):
- Edited Volumes
Mitchell, Ronald B., William C. Clark, David W. Cash, and Nancy M.
Dickson, eds. Global Environmental Assessments: Information and
Influence. MIT Press, 2006.
Schellnhuber, Hans Joachim, Paul J. Crutzen, William C. Clark,
Martin Claussen, and Hermann Held, eds. Earth Systems Analysis
for Sustainability. MIT Press, 2004.
Clark, William C., Jill Jäger, Josee van Eijndhoven, and Nancy
Dickson, eds. (Social Learning Group) Learning to Manage Global
Environmental Risks, Vol. 1: A Comparative History of Social
Responses to Climate Change, Ozone Depletion and Acid Rain. MIT
- Research Papers/Reports
Levin, Simon A., and William C. Clark, eds. "Toward a Science of
Sustainability." Center for International Development Working Paper
196, May 2010.