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.
Clark Labs is best known for its flagship product, the IDRISI GIS and Image Processing software, is dedicated to the research and development of geospatial technologies for effective and responsible decision making for environmental management, sustainable resource development and equitable resource allocation. Clark Labs leverages its academic base to develop innovative and customized research tools, provide software solutions to organizations in need and apply geospatial expertise to a range of real-world problems.
For more than two decades Clark has strived to address the challenges and possibilities of urban education and learn in the process. The Adam Institute contributes through its effort to develop powerful models of urban teacher preparation, teaching practice, and college-going learning cultures, working in collaboration with partner schools in the surrounding "Main South" neighborhood as well as colleagues throughout the country.
The Hiatt Center engages scholars, practitioners, community members, and youth in working together to create integrated models of research and practice in urban education. Our initiatives include:
- practitioner inquiry
- youth and community-based research
- new media and critical multiliteracies
- networks of inquiry
- transformative pedagogy
This is an intellectually dynamic forum for education and scholarship about the Holocaust, the Armenian genocide, and other genocides around the world. Dedicated to teaching, research and public service, the center offers the only Ph.D. in Holocaust history and genocide in the country, training the next generation of Holocaust and genocide historians, scholars, teachers, museum directors and curators, and experts in nongovernmental organizations and government agencies.
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: providing leadership for green jobs creation promoting research and clean energy education; and encouraging greater use of energy management tools.