Director of the Center for Urban Innovation; Associate Professor of Public Policy
- School of Public Policy
- Center for Urban Innovation
- Technology Policy and Assessment Center
- PhD, Cornell University
- MPlan, University of Minnesota
- BA, Wesleyan University (CT)
- Editor, Regional Studies
- Chair, Economic Geography Specialty Group, American Association of Geographers
- Nominating Committee, American Association of Geographers
- Regional Studies Association Best Book Award, 2009 - Remaking Regional Economies: Power, Labor, and Firm Strategies in the Knowledge Economy. London: Routledge.
- Honorary Senior Research Fellow, 2013-2016, University of Birmingham, UK
- Keynote Speaker. Smart Cities and Social Entrepreneurship: Remaking Markets and Manufacturing Open Innovation Spaces. The 19th Uddevalla Symposium on "Geography, Open Innovation, Diversity and Entrepreneurship", London, UK June 2016
- Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Canada Faculty Research Award, 2007 - 2010, Canadian Studies Program
- Commissioner, Bipartisan Commission on New Manufacturing, 2013-2014, Miller Center, University of Virginia
- Engineering, Science & Technology Policy Committee (ESTeP) Member, 2012-2014, International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE)
- Economic Adviser 2012-present, The Essential Economy Council
- Selected Participant, Science Tour 2016: City of the Future, DAAD: The German Academic Exchange Service or Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst
- Economic Development and Smart Cities
- Global Cities and Urban Society
- Regional Economic Development
- Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy
- Urban Economics
- North America
- United States
- PUBP-4651: Public Policy Internship
- PUBP-6112: Research Dsgn-Polcy Sci
- PUBP-6602: Econ Dev Analy& Practice
- PUBP-6604: Urban Policy Analy& Plan
- PUBP-6741: Geography of Innovation
- PUBP-8550: Adv Urb&Region Econ Dev
- PUBP-8831: Special Topics
- Global Reversal, Regional Revival?
In: Regional Studies [Peer Reviewed]
- Uneven Development and the Evolving Smart City
In: Cities as Engines of Innovation: A Transatlantic Journey EU-USA [Peer Reviewed]
- The Third Industrial Revolution and the City? Digital Manufacturing and the Transformation of Homes into Miniature Factories
- A National Research Agenda for Intelligent Infrastructure
In: Computing Community Consortium
The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) in collaboration with the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Heads Association (ECEDHA) recently released eight white papers describing a collective research agenda for intelligent infrastructure. These papers draw from a large network of expertise including CCC Council members, former CCC Council members, CRA Board members, and other members of the academic and industry communities for a total of 40 different authors from 27 different institutions.
We will be blogging about each paper over the next few weeks. Today, we start with the overview paper: A National Research Agenda for Intelligent Infrastructure.
Our infrastructure touches the day-to-day life of each of our fellow citizens, and its health is crucial to the overall competitiveness and prosperity of our country. Unfortunately, the current state of U.S. infrastructure is not good. The American Society of Civil Engineers’ latest report on America’s infrastructure ranked it at a D+, stating that it is in need of $3.9 trillion in new investments. This dire situation constrains the growth of our economy, threatens our quality of life, and puts our global leadership at risk.
Intelligent infrastructure is the deep embedding of sensing, computing, and communications capabilities into traditional urban and rural physical infrastructures such as roads, buildings, and bridges to increase efficiency, resiliency, and safety. It provides capabilities that are:
- Descriptive: Provides an accurate and timely characterization of current state, e.g., water level in a storm drain or traffic congestion.
- Prescriptive: Recommends immediate and near-term actions, e.g., re-routing traffic or dispatching onsite service personnel.
- Predictive: Anticipate future challenges and opportunities, based on assessment of the current state, patterns of past activity and available resources and capabilities, e.g., street-level flooding by incorporating water sensors, weather patterns and runoff capabilities.
- Proactive: Guides complex decision making and scenario planning, incorporating economic data, to inform future investment.
Across disciplines ranging from engineering to computer science to public policy, intelligent infrastructure is increasingly seen as a solution to the long-standing problems that face local governments attempting to respond to both long term and short term threats to resilience: 1) strained resources spread across ever growing urban populations, 2) aging infrastructures and public services systems, 3) competitiveness in the global economy, and 4) acute human and environmental stressors due to rapid growth and change in regional areas.
How to design and deploy intelligent infrastructure to efficiently and effectively support our communities is one of the central questions going forward for the US. In this series of white papers, we looked at the potential of intelligent infrastructure across many domains including transportation, city services, energy, public safety and disaster response. We also examine the needs of rural communities for intelligent infrastructure and overarching safety and security challenges.
- Clark, Jennifer (2016) Review of The Rise and Fall of Urban Economies, by Michael Storper, Tom Kemeny, Naji Makarem, and Taner Osman. Stanford Business Press: 2015. Economic Geography.
In: Economic Geography [Peer Reviewed]
- Taylor Shelton and Jennifer Clark, (2016) “Technocratic Values and Uneven Development in the “Smart City,” Metropolitics 10 May 2016.
In: Metropolitics [Peer Reviewed]
May 2016In the US, the idea of “smart cities” is coming to dominate federal government involvement in, and funding for, urban places. But the smart cities approach, which focuses on using digital applications to promote efficiency, competitiveness, and citizen participation in governance, raises questions about technocentrism in the reproduction of inequality and socio-spatial fragmentation.