Jennifer Clark

Jennifer Clark is 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. She specializes in urban and regional economic development planning.

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 Studies and is a Fellow of the American Association of Geographers (AAG) and a Fellow of the Regional Studies Association (RSA).  She earned her PhD 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 courses on urban and regional economic development theory, analysis, and 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 as well as 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.


Urban and regional planning

Regional economic development

Inclusive innovation

Economic geography