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Toward a future of sustainable development: Research challenges and opportunities

29/10/2012 - 18:00 - 19:30

William C. Clark, Harvey Brooks Professor of International Science, Public Policy and Human Development
Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government, Harvard Kennedy School

William Clark is the Harvey Brooks Professor of International Science, Public Policy and Human Development at Harvard University's 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 Council's study Our Common Journey:A Transition Toward Sustainability (NAP, 1999). He serves on the editorial boards of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science and Annual Review of Environment and Resources. 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 Schools Carballo Award for excellence in teaching, and the Harvard College Phi Beta Kappa Prize for Excellence in Teaching.

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