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. His work provides insights into the ways development and adaptation interventions impact human well-being, both positive and negative, how livelihoods work to order agrarian and other worlds, and how resilience presents both barriers to, and opportunities for, the transformative changes needed to manage our world. He also directs the Humanitarian Response and Development Lab (HURDL), which is based in the George Perkins Marsh Institute. HURDL’s wide-ranging work includes policy development, and project and program design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation, all undertaken with the goal of assisting individuals and communities to build foundations for innovative development. He is the author of more than 70 publications on issues of development, livelihoods, adaptation to climate change, and the evolving global environment. 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.

His research is intimately connected to efforts to produce policies and programs that improve the human condition. He is currently the Panel Member on Climate Change Adaptation on the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel of the Global Environment Facility. Previously, 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. Carr has also served as the lead author of two global environmental assessments, the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment and The United Nations Environment Programme's Fourth Global Environment Outlook, and is a lead author for Working Group II of the current Sixth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.


BA, University of Virginia, 1995

MA, Syracuse University, 1998

Ph.D., Syracuse University, 2001

Ph.D., University of Kentucky, 2002

Selected Publications

2020 Carr, Edward R. “Resilient Livelihoods in an Era of Global Transformation.” Global Environmental Change, 64. doi.org/10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2020.102155 pdf

2020 Carr, Edward R., Helen Rosko, Rob Goble, Catherine Vaughan, and James Hansen. “Identifying Climate Information Services Users and their Needs in sub-Saharan Africa: A Review and Learning Agenda.” Climate and Development 12(1): 23-41

2019 Carr, Edward R. “Properties and Projects: Reframing Resilience for Adaptation and Development.” World Development 122: 70-84

2018 Carr, Edward R. and Sheila N. Onzere “Really Effective (for 15% of the men): Lessons in Understanding and Addressing User Needs in Climate Services from Mali.” Climate Risk Management, 22: 82-95

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.

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. 

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