George Perkins Marsh Institute


Guest Lecture on Innovation for Sustainability


Professor Masaru Yarime, University of Tokyo/University College London, will speak on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 (4-5:30 pm) in the Marsh Conference Room, 16 Claremont Street, Worcester. The title of his talk: "Encouraging Innovation for Sustainability: Opportunities and Challenges in Collaborating with Stakeholders in Society." Co-sponsors of this event are International Development, Community, and Environment (IDCE) and the George Perkins Marsh Institute. For more information on Masaru Yarime, please visit

Seminar Series 2014-15 Academic Year

The George Perkins Marsh Institute and Jeanne X. Kasperson Research Library announce the 2014-15 Academic Year Seminar Series. Seminars will present cutting-edge research on human/environment interactions taking place at Clark University and are designed to catalyze discussions regarding future research possibilities. Seminars are open to all in the Clark community. The format is a 40-45 minute presentation followed by 15-20 minutes of questions and discussion. Interaction with the speaker is encouraged. Light refreshments will be provided. Please feel free to bring your own brown-bag lunch if desired. The first seminar of the series is as follows:


Elena G. Irwin, Professor, Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics, Ohio State University

Albert, Norma and Howard '77 Geller Endowed Lecture, co-sponsored by the Department of Economics and the Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise

"Land Change Modeling for Sustainability Analysis"
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
4:00 – 5:15 pm
University Center, Grace Conference Room

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Call for Student Applications: The 2014-15 Albert, Norma and Howard Geller '77 Endowed Research Awards for Projects Relating to Sustainability

The George Perkins Marsh Institute announces the Geller Student Research Award Competition for 2014-2015. The awards were established by the family of Dr. Howard Geller '77. Geller Student Research Awards are intended to support student-initiated research projects that advance our understanding of sustainability in the human use of resources and the environment. Both undergraduate and graduate students are eligible for awards. We anticipate making 3-4 awards in amounts ranging from $1,001 to $2,500, and several smaller grants, up to $1,000. It is the intention of the committee to award at least one-third of regular and small awards to undergraduate projects, again subject to the number and quality of applications received. Applications must be submitted by students. The deadline for applications is October 27, 2014 at 4:30 pm, EST. Click here for details.

Questions should be directed to Robert J. Johnston, Director of the George Perkins Marsh Institute.

Davidson Receives Grant to Study Olympic-host Cities


Mark Davidson, assistant professor in the Graduate School of Geography at Clark University, has been awarded $20,730 from the International Olympic Committee for his year-long project titled "Governing to maintain legacies: urban governance, policies and the long-term impacts of the Olympics."

Davidson's research will examine ways in which recent Olympic-host cities have developed institutional and policy innovations to satisfy Olympic-related legacy commitments--the pledges and promises related to the outcomes of hosting the Games. Examples of such pledges include the urban renewal projects, institutional reforms and infrastructural improvements associated with Olympic-related development.

"My project will investigate the ways in which cities have to innovate and reform their governance practices in order to achieve the goals set out in their Olympic bids," explains Davidson, "the premise being that cities are constantly reacting to changing circumstances that require them to develop legacies on an ongoing basis."

Davidson is an urban geographer with research interests in gentrification, urban politics, policy making, comparative urbanism and critical socio-spatial theory. His most recent work focuses on large-scale urban redevelopment projects and theories of urban politics. Davidson's research often combines qualitative and quantitative methods and is international in scope, including work in Europe, North America and Australasia.

Marsh Director Visits China


Rob Johnston recently visited the Northwest Agricultural and Forestry University in Yangling, China, to instruct a PhD short course on natural resource economics and valuation, and also to develop international research collaborations related to ecosystem service valuation. He also visited Ansai County in northern Shaanxi Province to conduct preliminary research on some of China's soil and water conservation initiatives.

As a result of these collaborations, the Marsh Institute will soon host a visiting PhD student, Liuyang Yao, supported by a China Scholarship Council award. These awards pay travel and living expenses to support collaborations between top Chinese graduate students and recognized international scholars. Luiyang will be visiting the Institute for approximately 12-18 months to work as a collaborative research assistant to Rob Johnston and to further his studies in ecosystem service valuation. These exchanges will lead to broader research collaborations and funding opportunities involving Clark and Northwest Agricultural and Forestry University.