Dr. Clarke's current research and interests include: community sustainable development strategies; corporate social and environmental responsibility; campus environmental management; collaborative strategic management; cross-sector partnerships; youth-led social entrepreneurship; and youth & innovation.
Twitter - @DrAmeliaClarke
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|
- ENBUS 602: Introduction to Sustainability for Business
- ENBUS/SUSM 640: Strategy for Sustainable Enterprise
- ENBUS 410: Stakeholder Engagement
Current research focuses
- Implementation of collaborative regional (or community) sustainability plans / Local Agenda 21s
- Engagement stakeholders/partners in local sustainable development
- Definition and quantification of the local green economy
- Institutionalisation of campus environmental management in Canada
- Advancement of campus environmental management in Asian universities
- Enabling of environmental change through youth-led social ventures (or initiatives)
Relevant publications (selected)
- Clarke, A. & MacDonald, A. (2019). Outcomes to Partners in Multi-Stakeholder Cross-Sector Partnerships: A Resource-Based View. Business & Society, 58(2): 298-332. DOI: 10.1177/0007650316660534 (View pre-publication version)
- MacDonald, A., Clarke, A., Huang, L. & Seitanidi, M.M. (2019). Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships for Sustainability: A Resource-Based View of Partner Implementation Structure to Outcomes. Sustainability,11(3), 557. DOI: 10.3390/su11030557
- Clarke, A., MacDonald, A. & Ordonez-Ponce, E. (2019). Implementing Community Sustainability Strategies through Cross-Sector Partnerships: Value Creation for and by Businesses (pp. 402 - 416). In: Borland, H., Lindgreen, A., Vanhamme, J., Maon, F., Ambrosini, V. & Palacios Florencio, B. Business Strategies for Sustainability: A Research Anthology. London, UK: Routledge. (View pre-publication version)
- Clarke, A. & Crane, A. (2018). Cross-Sector Partnerships for Systemic Change: Systematized Literature Review and Agenda for Further Research. Journal of Business Ethics, 150(2): 303–313. DOI: 10.1007/s10551-018-3922-2
- MacDonald, A., Clarke, A. & Huang, L. (2018). Multi-stakeholder Partnerships for Sustainability: Designing Decision-Making Processes for Partnership Capacity. Journal of Business Ethics. DOI: 10.1007/s10551-018-3885-3
- Dougherty, I. & Clarke, A. (2018). Wired for Innovation: Valuing the unique innovation abilities of emerging adults. Emerging Adulthood, 6(5): 358-365. DOI 10.1177/2167696817739393 (View pre-publication version)
- Yan, X., Lin, H., & Clarke, A. (2018). Cross-Sector Social Partnerships for Social Change: The Role of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs). Sustainability, 10(2), 558. DOI: 10.3390/su10020558
MacDonald, A., Clarke, A., Huang, L., Roseland, M., & Seitanidi, M. M. (2018). Cross-Sector Partnerships (SDG #17) as a Means of Achieving Sustainable Communities and Cities (SDG #11). In W. Leal Filho (Ed.), Handbook of Sustainability Science and Research. New York, USA: Springer Publishing Company. (View author's version)
Clarke, A. & Ordonez-Ponce, E. (2017). City Scale: Cross-Sector Partnerships for Implementing Local Climate Mitigation Plans. Virtual Issue: Climate Change and Public Administration. Public Administration Review.
Hoque, A., Clarke, A. & Sultana, T. (2017). Environmental Sustainability Practices in South Asian University Campuses: An Exploratory Study on Bangladeshi Universities. Environment, Development and Sustainability. 19(6): 2163-2180. DOI: 10.1007/s10668-016-9845-0 (View free version)
- Hoque, A., Clarke, A., & Huang, L. (2016). Lack of Stakeholder Influence on Pollution Prevention: A Developing Country Perspective. Organizations & Environment. 29(3): 367–385. DOI: 10.1177/1086026615623057 (View pre-publication version)
- Cairns, S., Clarke, A., Zhou, Y. & Thivierge, V. (2015). Sustainability Alignment Manual: Using Market-Based Instruments to Accelerate Sustainability Progress at the Local Level. Ottawa: Sustainable Prosperity.
- Ho, E., Clarke, A., & Dougherty, I. (2015). Youth-Led Social Change: Topics, Engagement Types, Organizational Types, Strategies, and Impacts. Futures, 67(March): 52-62. DOI: dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.futures.2015.01.006 (open access)
- Clarke, A. (2015). Addressing Sustainability Challenges Through Partnerships. Annual Review of Social Partnerships. 10: 96. (open access; must login first)
- Clarke, A. (2014). Building an Online Master’s Program for Deep Learning in Sustainability. Azeiteiro, U. M., Leal Filho, W. & Caeiro, S. (Eds.) E-learning and Sustainability. Environmental Education, Communication and Sustainability Series. Frankfurt: Peter Lang Scientific Publishers. (View pre-publication version)
- Kouri, R., & Clarke, A. (2014). Framing ‘Green Jobs’ Discourse: Analysis of Popular Usage. Sustainable Development. 22(4): 217-230. DOI: 10.1002/sd.1526 (View pre-publication version)
Glasbergen, P., Clarke, A. & Acquaye, A. (2014). Sustainability Partnerships Research Section – Editorial. Annual Review of Social Partnerships. 9: 54-55.
- Hoque, A., Clarke, A. & MacDonald, A. (2014). Implementing a Developing Country’s Global Environmental Commitments: Industry Perspectives on Potential Pollution Prevention Programs in Bangladesh (pp. 149-175). Vazquez-Brust, D., Sarkis, J. & Cordeiro, J. (Eds.) Collaboration for Sustainability and Innovation in the Global South: A Role for South Driven Sustainability? NY: Springer Publishing Company. (View pre-publication version)
Clarke, A. (2014). Designing Social Partnerships for Local Sustainability Strategy Implementation (pp. 79-102). Seitanidi, M. & Crane, A. (Eds.) Social Partnerships and Responsible Business: A Research Handbook. London, UK: Routledge (Taylor and Francis). (View pre-publication version)
- Hoque, A. & Clarke, A. (2013). Greening of Industry in Bangladesh: Pollution Prevention Practices. Journal of Cleaner Production. 51: 47-56. DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2012.09.008
- Clarke, A. & Taylor, A. (2013). Sustainability and Sustainable Development. Report to the Hearings of the Keeyask Generation Project. Winnipeg: Manitoba Wildlands. 32 pages.
- Clarke, A. (2012). Passing Go: Moving Beyond the Plan. Ottawa: Federation of Canadian Municipalities. (Publication in English (PDF) / Publication in French (PDF))
- Moudrak, N. & Clarke, A. (2012). Developing a Sustainability Report for a Higher Education Institution (pp. 505-520). Leal Filho, W. (Ed.) Sustainable Development at Universities: New Horizons. Frankfurt: Peter Lang Scientific Publishers. (View pre-publication version)
- Kemp, A. & Clarke, A. (2012). Greening the Local Economy through Municipal Sustainable Procurement Policies: Implementation Challenges and Successes in Western Canada (pp. 405-416). Simpson, R. & Zimmermann, M. (Eds.) The Economy of Green Cities: World Compendium on the Green Urban Economy. NY: Springer Publishing Company. (View pre-publication version)
- Clarke, A. & MacDonald, A. (2012). Partner Engagement for Community Sustainability: Supporting Sustainable Development Initiatives by Reducing Friction in the Local Economy. State of Knowledge Report. Ottawa: Sustainable Prosperity.
- Clarke, A. (2011). Key Structural Features for Collaborative Strategy Implementation: A Study of Territorial Sustainable Development Collaborations. Management et Avenir.50: 153-171. DOI: 10.3917/mav.050.0153 (View pre-publication version)
- Glor-Bell, J. & Clarke, A. (2011). Community Engagement in University of British Columbia’s Climate Action Plan (pp. 39-60). Leal Filho (Ed.) World Trends on Education for Sustainable Development. Frankfurt: Peter Lang Scientific Publishers. (View pre-publication version)
- Clarke, A. (2011). Partnerships for Sustainability at the Local Level, Annual Review of Social Partnerships. Issue 6 (May): 4.
- Clarke, A., & Fuller, M. (2010). Collaborative Strategic Management: Strategy Formulation and Implementation by Multi-Organizational Cross-Sector Social Partnerships. Journal of Business Ethics, 94(Supplement 1): 85-101. DOI: 10.1007/s10551-011-0781-5 (View pre-publication version)
- Clarke, A. (2010). Implementing Regional Sustainable Development Strategies: Exploring Structure and Outcomes in Cross-Sector Collaborations. Doctoral dissertation. Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill University, Montreal, Canada: 451.
- Clarke, A., & Dougherty, I. (2010). Youth-Led Social Entrepreneurship: Enabling Social Change. International Review of Entrepreneurship. 8(2): online. (View pre-publication version)
- Clarke, A. (2010). Four Archetypal Structures for the Implementation of a Collaborative Strategy: A Study of Canadian Collaborative Regional Sustainable Development Strategies, Proceedings of the International Federation of Scholarly Associations of Management (IFSAM) Conference, Paris, France.
- Helferty, A., Clarke, A. & Kouri, R. (2009). The Campus Climate Challenge: Innovative Multi-stakeholder Approaches to Reducing Emissions at Canadian Colleges and Universities (pp. 365-388). Leal Filho, W. & Mannke, F. (Eds.) Interdisciplinary Aspects of Climate Change. Frankfurt: Peter Lang Scientific Publishers. (View pre-publication version)
- Clarke, A. & Kouri, R. (2009). Choosing an appropriate university or college environmental management system. Journal of Cleaner Production, 17(11): 971-984. DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2009.02.019 (View pre-publication version)
- Helferty, A., & Clarke, A. (2009). Student-Led Approaches to Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions at Canadian Colleges and Universities. International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education.10(3): 287-300. DOI: 10.1108/14676370910972594 (View pre-publication version)
- Clarke, A. & Erfan, A. (2007). Regional Sustainability Strategies: A Comparison of Eight Canadian Approaches. Plan Canada, 47(3): 15-18. (View pre-publication version)
- Clarke, A. (2007). Collaborative Strategic Management: Success Factors per Process Phase, ESADE's Institute of Public Management (IDGP) E-Newsletter: PUBLIC. No. 13, October 2007.
- Clarke, A. (2006). The Campus Environmental Management System Cycle in Practice: 15 years of environmental, management, education and research at Dalhousie University. International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education. 7(4): 374-389. DOI: 10.1108/14676370610702181 (View pre-publication version)
- Clarke, A. (2006). Regional Sustainable Development Strategies: Variations in Formulation and Content in Nine Canadian Case Studies and the Implications for Eco-Procurement (PDF), Montreal: North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation – Environment, Economy and Trade Program.
- Maguire, S. & Clarke, A. (2003). Business and the Precautionary Principle: From Divergent Perspectives to an Integrated Framework, Proceedings of the 11th International Conference of the Greening of Industry Network (GIN), San Francisco, USA.
- Clarke, A. (2002). Education, Chapter in: Civil Society Report: Summit or Plummet? (PDF) Ottawa: Canadian Environmental Network - Forum on the World Summit on Sustainable Development, 2002.
- Clarke, A. (2002). Campus Environmental Management System for the Implementation of a University Environmental Policy: Dalhousie University as a Case Study. Master’s thesis. School for Resource and Environmental Studies, Faculty of Management, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada: 243.
- Rao, A., Clarke, A., Herbert, Y., Qualman, S., Simon, D., Lindsay, H., & O’keef, S. (1999). Sustainable Campus Resource Package, Ottawa: Sierra Youth Coalition.
- Segger, M., Clarke, A., Dougherty, I., Alexander, K., Marcolongo, M., & Duplisea, B. (1997). The Youth-Friendly Guide--The Youth Guidebook to Policy Change for Inter-generational Partnerships, Ottawa: Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation.