Charlotte Clark, Assistant Professor of the Practice of Sustainability in the Division and Sustainability Engagement Certificate and Affiliate of the Duke Initiative for Science & Society

Charlotte Clark

Clark's primary interest is the intersection of collective learning and collective action. She studies how environmental education can contribute to management of common pool resources, and how informal learning processes engage with behavior change for individuals and communities around environmental issues. She applies these concepts in work around campus sustainability, and leads the Education Subcommittee of Duke's Campus Sustainability Committee. She uses and teaches qualitative research methods, including use of qualitative research software.

Prior to completing her PhD, she worked for 5 years as the Director of the Center for Environmental Education in the Nicholas School, and for 12 years doing air pollution regulatory work under contract for the US EPA.

Areas of interest: environmental education, free-choice learning, sustainability education, qualitative research methods, collective action, community behavior, responsible environmental behavior, informal learning, food/environment intersection

Office Location:  9 Circuit Drive, 3106 Grainger Hall, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  (919) 684-3159
Email Address: send me a message


Ph.D.Duke University2007
Masters of Environmental ManagementDuke University1983
ABDuke University1979

environmental sociology & anthropology
environmental policy
research methodologies & management

Environmental education • Interviews • Open learning • Qualitative Research • Sustainability

Recent Publications

  1. Clark, C, Action research to improve phonological recognition at Key Stage 1 with reference to pupils with special educational needs, Support for Learning, vol. 32 no. 4 (November, 2017), pp. 337-351, WILEY [doi]  [abs]
  2. Cooper, EM; Kroeger, G; Davis, K; Clark, CR; Ferguson, PL; Stapleton, HM, Results from Screening Polyurethane Foam Based Consumer Products for Flame Retardant Chemicals: Assessing Impacts on the Change in the Furniture Flammability Standards., Environmental Science & Technology, vol. 50 no. 19 (October, 2016), pp. 10653-10660 [doi]  [abs]
  3. Ardoin, NM; Clark, CR; Wojcik, DJ, Looking toward the blue sky: Environmental education researchers' experience, influences, and aspirations, Applied Environmental Education & Communication, vol. 15 no. 1 (January, 2016), pp. 75-89, Informa UK Limited [doi]
  4. Comer, DK; Clark, CR; Canelas, DA, Writing to learn and learning to write across the disciplines: Peer-to-peer writing in introductory-level MOOCs, International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, vol. 15 no. 5 (January, 2014), pp. 26-82  [abs]
  5. Ardoin, NM; Clark, C; Kelsey, E, An exploration of future trends in environmental education research, Environmental Education Research, vol. 19 no. 4 (August, 2013), pp. 499-520, Informa UK Limited [13504622.2012.709823#.U5UzdJSSyKU], [doi]  [abs]