Clark's research institutes and centers build on a foundation of interdisciplinary scholarship, with faculty and students working across boundaries to develop innovative solutions to a wide range of contemporary challenges.
This institute seeks to improve, through the successful mobilization of use-inspired research, the effectiveness of government and other institutions in addressing social concerns.
The institute focuses on important social issues, including such areas as
- education reform
- environmental sustainability
- access to healthcare
- human development
- well-being and global change
The institute achieves its mission through the promotion of an exemplary model of use-inspired research, sponsorship of projects in collaboration with other research centers on and off campus, publications, conferences and student internships.
This institute conducts collaborative and interdisciplinary research on human-environment relationships within a wide range of research themes, such as:
- risks and hazards
- the human dimensions of global environmental change
- resource and environmental policy
- industrialization and globalization
- and the development and application of Geographic Information Science across multiple disciplines.
Founded in 1986, the Higgins School of Humanities works to enhance the intellectual and cultural life of Clark University by fostering connection between the humanities disciplines (English, Foreign Languages, Visual and Performing Arts, Philosophy, and History), by supporting humanities faculty research, and by offering public events to the community.
The IES, which is housed at Clark, was formally launched in spring 2009. IES was the result of extensive discussions among the academic leadership at Clark, Worcester Polytechnic Institute and federal, state, and local partners. The Institute's goal is to create a world-class green business zone as part of a clean energy corridor in Central Massachusetts by pr