Faculty Biography

Ed Carr - Clark University

Ed Carr, Ph.D.

Director and Professor
International Development, Community, and Environment Department
Clark University
Worcester, MA 01610-1477

Email: edcarr@clarku.edu
Phone: (508) 421 3895

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Edward R. Carr is a geographer and anthropologist whose career and research focus on exploring alternative ways of achieving meaningful and enduring improvements to human well-being. He has worked in rural sub-Saharan Africa on issues of development and global change among various rural communities. His scholarship and teaching encourage students and development professionals to reexamine the sometimes-damaging preconceptions embedded in development theory; in his book Delivering Development: Globalization’s Shoreline and the Road to a Sustainable Future, Carr demonstrates how these commonly held beliefs about globalization and development have failed the global poor, and how to redefine what assistance to developing communities really means in an ever-changing world.

In addition to his book, Carr is the author of more than 50 publications on issues of development, adaptation to climate change, and the changing global environment. Of particular note, he was the lead author of two global environmental assessments (the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment and the The United Nations Environment Programme's Fourth Global Environment Outlook) and was review editor for a chapter of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fifth Assessment Report. Carr’s research and practice has been supported by the National Science Foundation, National Geographic Society, United States Agency for International Development, UK Department for International Development, World Resources Institute, World Bank, and Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre.

Prior to arriving at Clark, Carr was a faculty member in the Department of Geography at the University of South Carolina, where he was the associate director of the Walker Institute for International and Area Studies and director of the Humanitarian Response and Development Lab (HURDL) — which is now part of the George Perkins Marsh Institute. HURDL’s wide-ranging work includes policy development, project design and implementation, and project and program monitoring and evaluation, all undertaken with the goal of assisting individuals and communities to build foundations for innovative development.

Additionally, Carr served as a Science and Technology Policy Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science at the U.S. Agency for International Development. In this role, he was the first climate change coordinator for the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance, and later served as an adviser on the Climate Change Team in the Bureau for Economic Growth, Education and the Environment. He also was a consultant to the World Bank on issues of adaptation and development.


BA, University of Virginia, 1995

MA, Syracuse University, 1998

Ph.D., Syracuse University, 2001

Ph.D., University of Kentucky, 2002

Selected Publications

2016 Thompson-Hall, Mary C., Edward R. Carr, and Unai Pascual. “Enhancing and expanding intersectional research for climate change adaptation in agrarian settings.” Ambio, 45 (Suppl. 3): S373–S382

2016 Carr, Edward R., Grant Fleming, and Tshibangu Kalala. “Understanding women's needs for weather and climate information in agrarian settings: The case of Ngetou Maleck, Senegal” Weather, Climate, and Society 8(3) 247-264.

2016 Carr, Edward R. and Kwame N. Owusu-Daaku. “The shifting epistemologies of vulnerability in climate services for development: the case of Mali’s Agrometeorological Advisory Program” Area, 48 (1) 7-17.

2015 Carr, Edward R. “Political Ecology and Livelihoods” in Handbook of Political Ecology, Perreault, T., Bridge, G., and McCarthy, J., eds. Routledge. pp. 332-342

2014 Carr, Edward R. “From Description to Explanation: Using the Livelihoods as Intimate Government (LIG) Approach.” Applied Geography 52 110-122.

2014 Carr, Edward R. and Mary C. Thompson “Gender and Climate Change Adaptation in Agrarian Settings: Current thinking, new directions, and research frontiers.” Geography Compass 8 (3) 182-197.

2013 Carr, Edward R. “Livelihoods as Intimate Government: Rethinking the Logic of Livelihoods for Development” Third World Quarterly, 34 (1) 77-108. 

2011 Thompson, Mary C., Manali Baruah and Edward R. Carr. “Seeing REDD+ as a Project of Environmental Governance" Environmental Science & Policy 14(2) 100-110.

2009 Carr, Edward R. and Brent McCusker. “The Co-Production of Land Use and Livelihoods Change: Implications for Development Interventions” Geoforum 40 (4) 568-579.

2008 Carr, Edward R. "Between Structure and Agency: Livelihoods and Adaptation in Ghana's Central Region" Global Environmental Change 18 (4) 689-699.

2008 Carr, Edward R. “Men’s Crops and Women’s Crops: The Importance of Gender to the Understanding of Agricultural and Development Outcomes in Ghana’s Central Region” World Development 36 (5) 900-915. 

2006 McCusker, Brent and Edward R. Carr. “The co-Production of Livelihoods and Land Use Change: Case studies from South Africa and Ghana.” Geoforum 37 (5):790-804

2006 Carr, Edward R. “Postmodern Conceptualizations, Modernist Applications: Rethinking the Role of Society in Food Security.” Food Policy 31 (1):14-29.

2005 Carr, Edward R. “Placing the Environment in Migration: Environment, Economy and Power in Ghana’s Central Region.” Environment and Planning A 37 (5):925-946.