Amelia Clarke

Professor and Associate Dean of Research
Amelia Clarke

Contact Information
519-888-4567, ext. 48910
EV3 4229

Youth & Innovation Project
Implementing Community Sustainability & Climate Plans
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Dr. Amelia Clarke has been working on environment and sustainability issues since 1989, including as President of Sierra Club Canada (2003-2006) and as the first Director of the University of Waterloo’s Master of Environment & Business degree (2009-2018). She is now the Associate Dean Research in the Faculty of Environment at the University of Waterloo. Her main research projects focuses are on implementing community sustainability and climate plans, and on youth & innovation. She also has a long history of working for climate and sustainability action on university campuses, including co-authoring these classic publications on campus environmental management and student-led climate actions. She is a strong believer in youth-led change and on implementing the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

She approaches her research on sustainable development, sustainable business, sustainable campuses and sustainable communities from a strategic management lens. Many of her theoretical contributions have been related to designing cross-sector partnerships, stakeholder engagement, and strategy implementation. Her most cited work is on collaborative strategic management. She has published in many journals, including: Journal of Business Ethics; Business & Society; Organization & Environment; Journal of Cleaner Production; Public Administration Review; and International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education. For more details see her Google Scholar profile.

Dr. Clarke holds a PhD in Management (Strategy) from McGill University, an MES from Dalhousie University and a BSc from Mt. A. University. She is currently also a founding member of Nature Canada’s Women for Nature, a member of the GreenBiz Intelligence Panel, a member of WRI’s Advisory Council for the Ross Centre Prize for Cities, named on the #Thinklist30 as a social media influencer, and a part of the LGBTQ2+ community. In 1996, she founded Sierra Youth Coalition (SYC) and is proud of having launched its sustainable campus program which helped create significant change on more than 80 Canadian campuses. She is also proud of her efforts to help influence the creation of 10 new protected areas in New Brunswick.

Courses Taught

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

Selected Publications


  • Ph.D. - Strategy, Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill University, Quebec, 2010
  • M.E.S - 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