Academic Affairs

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Office of the Dean of Research and Graduate Studies

Yuko Aoyama
Associate Provost; Dean of Research and Graduate Studies

Dr. Yuko Aoyama received her Ph.D. in City & Regional Planning from the University of California, Berkeley in 1996, M.A. in Urban Planning from the University of California, Los Angeles, and B.A. in Liberal Arts from the International Christian University, Tokyo. Before coming to Clark in the spring of 2000, she taught at the Department of Geography, University of Georgia. Aoyama is an economic geographer with interests in globalization, technological innovation, and industrial organization, and has taught courses on Asia’s industrialization, Economic Geography, Globalization, and Internet Geography. 

Aoyama has been awarded research grants and fellowships from the National Science Foundation, Social Science Research Council, Rockefeller Foundation, National Geography Society, and the Association of Asian Studies.  She has published books and articles on the transformation of technology-intensive industries in the United States and Japan, ranging from information technology entrepreneurship, logistics providers, and video game developers. She also examined state-industry relations in various geographical contexts, including sectors such as health and renewable energy (India) and tourism (Spain). Most recently, her research interest has shifted to the question of governance, with particular focus on collaborations between for-profit and non-profit organizations. Her most recent book, The Rise of the Hybrid Domain: Collaborative Governance for Social Innovation (2016, Edward Elgar) analyzes such cross-domain collaborations in India’s social innovation ecosystem. 

Aoyama served as Editor-in-Chief of Economic Geography (2006-14) and was Associate Director of the Graduate School of Geography (2009-10). She has also served for the American Association of Geographers in various capacities, most recently as a member of the Finance Committee (2015-18).  She has lived in four countries and has traveled extensively in Asia and Europe.

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