Associate Professor & Associate Dean, Research

Amelia Clarke

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Dr. Clarke's current research and interests include: community sustainable development strategies; corporate social and environment​al responsibility; campus environmental management; collaborative strategic management; cross-sector partnerships; youth-led social entrepreneurship; and youth & innovation.

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Biographical statement

Dr. Clarke has been working on environment and sustainability issues since 1989, including as President of Sierra Club Canada (2003-2006). She is now a faculty member in the School of Environment, Enterprise and Development (SEED) at the University of Waterloo. Her main research focuses are related to strategies for sustainable development, and include a half-million dollar team project on structuring cross-sector social partnerships to more effectively achieve local sustainability goals and other desired partner outcomes. Dr. Clarke’s work has been published in journal articles, book chapters and practitioner reports.

Dr. Clarke holds a PhD in Management (Strategy) from McGill University. She sits on the editorial board of the Academy of Management Learning and Education (AMLE) journal, and was a Co-Organizer of the 2016 Cross-Sector Social Interactions conference. She is involved in the Canadian Business Ethics Research Network (CBERN), is a past Chair of the Social Responsibility Division of the Administrative Science Association of Canada (ASAC) and has also served on numerous advisory committees, including the Canadian Advisory Committee to the U.N. Habitat’s World Urban Forum III (2006); and the Canadian delegation during the U.N. World Summit on Sustainable Development negotiations (2002). In 1996, she founded the Sierra Youth Coalition (SYC), and is proud of having launched SYC’s sustainable campus program, and of her efforts to help influence the creation of 10 new protected areas.


Ph.D. Strategy, Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill University, Quebec, 2010

Faculty of Management, Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia, 2002

Engineering Diploma Mount Allison University, New Brunswick, 1995
B.Sc. Biology, Mount Allison University, New Brunswick, 1995

Current courses

  • ENBUS 602: Introduction to Sustainability for Business 
  • ENBUS/SUSM 640: Strategy for Sustainable Enterprise
  • ENBUS 410: Stakeholder Engagement

Current research focuses

Sustainable communities / Local green economy:

  1. Implementation of collaborative regional (or community) sustainability plans / Local Agenda 21s
  2. Engagement stakeholders/partners in local sustainable development
  3. Definition and quantification of the local green economy

Sustainable campuses:

  1. Institutionalisation of campus environmental management in Canada
  2. Advancement of campus environmental management in Asian universities

Social entrepreneurship / Green jobs:

  1. Enabling of environmental change through youth-led social ventures (or initiatives) 

Relevant publications (selected)

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