MacArthur Fellows Program

William C. Clark

Ecologist and Environmental Policy Analyst | Class of August 1983

Ecologist and Environmental Policy Analyst
Oak Ridge, Tennessee
35 at time of award
Published August 1, 1983

About William's Work

William Clark is an ecologist and policy analyst who researches the interactions between human development and the Earth’s environment.

Clark is concerned with the technical and conceptual issues of applying scientific understanding to problems of environmental management and policy.  His systematic examinations have explored these issues at the local, regional, and global levels.  Clark edits the journal, Environment, and is co-editor of the Carbon Dioxide Review (1982), Sustainable Development of the Biosphere (1986), The Earth Transformed by Human Action (1990), and Learning to Manage Global Environmental Risks (2001).  He is co-author of Adaptive Environmental Assessment and Management (1978) and Redesigning Rural Development: A Strategic Perspective (1982).


Clark is the Harvey Brooks Professor of International Science, Public Policy, and Human Development at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University and directs the Sustainable Development Program at the Center for International Development.  He has held appointments at the Institute for Energy Analysis, Oak Ridge, Tennessee (1980-84) and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Laxenburg, Austria (1984-87).

Clark received a B.S. (1971) from Yale University and a Ph.D. (1979) from the University of British Columbia.

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