William C. Clark

Harvey Brooks Professor of International Science, Public Policy and Human Development
Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government
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John F. Kennedy School of Government
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Email: william_clark@harvard.edu
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William Clark

Profile

 

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 Teaching.

 

 

 

 

January 2013

 

 

Courses

Not Offered

  • IGA-406 Policy Analysis and Design for Sustainable Development

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Research

For a complete list of faculty citations from 2001 - present, please visit the HKS Faculty Research Connection.

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.
    • Kristjanson, Patti, Robin S. Reid, Nancy Dickson, William C. Clark, Dannie Romney, Ranjitha Puskur, Susan MacMillan, and Delia Grace. "Linking International Agricultural Research Knowledge with Action for Sustainable Development." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 106.13 (March 31, 2009): 5047-5052.
    • 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.
    • Clark, William C. "12 Questions to William C. Clark." GAIA - Ecological Perspectives for Science and Society 15.3 (September 2006): 168-169.
    • Clark, William C. "Cleaner, Cheaper, Safer." Environment 48.2 (March 2006).
    • Morgan, M. Granger, Robin Cantor, William C. Clark, et al. "Learning from the U.S. National Assessment of Climate Change Impacts." Environmental Science and Technology 39.23 (December 2005): 9023-9032.
    • Clark, William. "Planetary Malpractice." Environment 47.9 (November 2005): 3.
    • Clark, William C. "A New Social Contract for Science?" Environment 47.3 (April 2005): 2.
    • Clark, William C., Robert W. Kates, Alan H. McGowan, and Timothy O'Riordan. "Science and Policy for Sustainable Development." Environment 47.1 (January-February 2005): 3.
    • Clark, William C. "Green Elephants." Environment 46.7 (September 2004).
    • Clark, William C. "A Global Environmental Divide?" Environment 46.3 (April 2004): 1.
    • Clark, William C. "Urban Environments: Battlegrounds for Global Sustainability." Environment 45.7 (September 2003): 1.
    • O'Malley, Robin, Kent Cavender-Bares, and William C. Clark. "Providing 'Better' Data: Not as Simple as it Might Seem." Environment 45.4 (May 2003): 8-18.
    • Clark, William C. "Partnerships for the Real World." Environment 45.1 (January-February 2003): 3.
    • 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): 8086-8091.
    • Clark, William C., and Nancy M. Dickson. "Sustainability Science: The Emerging Research Program." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 100.14 (2003): 8059-8061.
    • Clark, William C., Robert W. Kates, Alan H. McGowan, and Timothy O'Riordan. "Johannesburg and Beyond." Environment 44.7 (September 2002).
    • Clark, William C. "Adaptive Management, Heal Thyself." Environment (March 2002).
    • Clark, William C. "Knowledge Systems for Sustainable Development." Environment 43.8 (October 2001).
    • Clark, William C., et al. "Sustainability Science." Science 292.5517 (April 27, 2001): 641-642.
    • Clark, William C. "Bush goes to Marrakech." Environment 43.2 (March 2001).
    • Clark, William C. "America's National Interests in Promoting a Transition to Sustainability." Environment 43.1 (January-February 2001): 18-27.
    • Clark, William C. "Research Systems for a Transition Toward Sustainability." Gaia 10.4 (2001): 264-266.
  • Book Chapters
    • Cavender-Bares, Jeannine, James Hefferman, Elizabeth King, Stephen Polasky, Patricia Balvanera, and William C. Clark. "Sustainability and Biodiversity." Encyclopedia of Biodiversity. Ed. Simon Levin. Academic Press, 2013, 71-84.
    • Clark, William C., Ronald B. Mitchell, and David W. Cash. "Evaluating the Influence of Global Environmental Assessments." Global Environmental Assessments: Information and Influence. Ed. Ronald B. Mitchell, William C. Clark, David W. Cash, and Nancy M. Dickson. MIT Press, 2006, 1-28.
    • Mitchell, Ronald B., William C. Clark, and David W. Cash. "Information and Influence." Global Environmental Assessments: Information and Influence. Ed. Ronald B. Mitchell, William C. Clark, David W. Cash, and Nancy M. Dickson. MIT Press, 2006, 307-338.
    • Clark, William C., Paul J. Crutzen, and Hans Joachim Schellnhuber. "Science for Global Sustainability: Towards a New Paradigm." Earth Systems Analysis for Sustainability. Ed. Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, Paul J. Crutzen, William C. Clark, Martin Claussen, and Hermann Held. MIT Press, 2004, 1-28.
    • Clark, William C. "Research Systems for a Transition Toward Sustainability." Challenges of a Changing Earth: Proceedings of the Global Change Open Science Conference, Amsterdam. Ed. Will Steffen, Jill Jäger, David J. Carson, and Clare Bradshaw. Springer-Verlag, 2002.
    • Clark, William C. "Social Learning." Encyclopedia of Global Change. .Oxford University Press, 2002.
    • Clark, William C., Jill Jäger, and Josee van Eindhoven. "Managing Global Environmental Change: An Introduction to the Volume." Learning to Manage Global Environmental Risks (Vol. 1). Ed. Social Learning Group. MIT Press, 2001.
    • Clark, William C., Josee van Eijndhoven, Nancy M. Dickson, et al. "Option Assessment in the Management of Global Environmental Risks." Learning to Manage Global Environmental Risks (Vol. 2). Ed. Social Learning Group. MIT Press, 2001.
    • van Eijndhoven, Josee, William C. Clark, and Jill Jäger. "The Long-Term Development of Global Environmental Risk Management: Conclusions and Implications for the Future." Learning to Manage Global Environmental Risk (Vol. 2). Ed. Social Learning Group. MIT Press, 2001.
  • 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., et al. The State of the Nation's Ecosystems: Measuring the Lands, Waters, and Living Resources of the United States. Cambridge University Press, 2002.
    • 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 Press, 2001.
    • Clark, William C., Jill Jäger, Josee van Eijndhoven, and Nancy Dickson, eds. (Social Learning Group) Learning to Manage Global Environmental Risks, Vol. 2: A Functional Analysis of Social Responses to Climate Change, Ozone Depletion and Acid Rain. MIT Press, 2001.
  • HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series
    • Clark, William C. "London: A Multi-Century Struggle for Sustainable Development in an Urban Environment." HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series RWP15-047, August 2015.
    • Clark, William C., Thomas P. Tomich, Meine van Noordwijk, Nancy M. Dickson, Delia Catacutan, David Guston, and Elizabeth McNie. "Toward a General Theory of Boundary Work: Insights from the CGIAR’s Natural Resource Management Programs." Center for International Development and HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series (199 and RWP10-035), September 2010.
    • Kristjanson, Patti, Robin Reid, Nancy Dickson, William Clark, et al. "Linking International Agricultural Research Knowledge with Action for Sustainable Poverty Alleviation: What Works?" Center for International Development and HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series (173 and RWP08-045), September 2008.
    • Lee, Henry, William C. Clark, and Charan Devereaux. "Biofuels and Sustainable Development." Center for International Development and HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series (174 and RWP08-049), July 2008.
    • Clark, William C., Paul J. Crutzen, and Hans J. Schellnhuber. "Science for Global Sustainability: Toward a New Paradigm." Center for International Development and KSG Faculty Research Working Paper Series, No. 120 and RWP05-032, March 2005.
    • Clark, William C., Ronald Mitchell, David Cash, and Frank Alcock. "Information as Influence: How Institutions Mediate the Impact of Scientific Assessments on Global Environmental Affairs." KSG Faculty Research Working Papers Series RWP02-044, November 2002.
    • Cash, David, William C. Clark, Frank Alcock, Nancy Dickson, Noelle Eckley, and Jill Jäger. "Salience, Credibility, Legitimacy and Boundaries: Linking Research, Assessment and Decision Making." KSG Faculty Research Working Papers Series RWP02-046, November 2002.
    • Clark, William C. and David Cash. "From Science to Policy: Assessing the Assessment Process ." KSG Faculty Research Working Papers Series RWP01-045, November 2001.
  • Research Papers/Reports
    • Diaz Anadon, Laura, Kira Matus, Suerie Moon, Gabriel Chan, Alicia Harley, Sharmila Murthy, Vanessa Timmer, Ahmed Abdel Latif, Kathleen Araujo, Kayje Booker, Hyundo Choi, Kristian Dubrawski, Lonia Friedlander, Christina Ingersoll, Erin Kempster, Laura Pereira, Jennie Stephens, Lee Vinsel, and William C. Clark. "Innovation and Access to Technologies for Sustainable Development: Diagnosing Weaknesses and Identifying Interventions in the Transnational Arena." Sustainability Science Program Working Paper No. 2014-01, Sustainability Science Program and Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School, May 2014.
    • Levin, Simon A., and William C. Clark, eds. "Toward a Science of Sustainability." Center for International Development Working Paper 196, May 2010.
    • Clark, William C., Nicole A. Szlezak, Suerie Moon, Barry R. Bloom, Gerald T. Keusch, Catherine M. Michaud, Dean T. Jamison, Julio Frenk, and Wen L. Kilama. "The Global Health System: Institutions in a Time of Transition." Center for International Development Working Paper 193, January 2010.
    • Clark, William C., Chair, State of the Nation's Ecosystems Project. "Filling the Gaps: Priority Data Needs and Key Management Challenges for National Reporting on Ecosystem Condition." The H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics, and the Environment (heinzctr.org/ecosystems), May 2006.
    • Clark, William C., and Laura Holliday. "Linking Knowledge with Action for Sustainable Development: The Role of Program Management - Summary of a Workshop." National Research Council: Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability, 2006.
    • Clark, William C., Arnoldo Contreras, and Karl Harmsen. "Report of the External Review of the Systemwide Programme on Alternatives to Slash-and-Burn (ASB): 'Evaluation and Impact Assessment of the ASB Programme.'" CGIAR Science Council Secretariat, U.S. Food and Agriculture Organization, September 2005.
    • Clark, William C., Noelle Eckley, Alex Farrell, Jill Jäger, and David Stanners. "Designing Effective Assessments: The Role of Participation, Science and Governance, and Focus." Report for the Global Environmental Assessment Project and the European Environment Agency, March 2001.

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