Charlotte Clark

Charlotte Clark

Assistant Professor of the Practice in Sustainability Education

Director of Undergraduate Programs

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

In The News


Clark, C. “Action research to improve phonological recognition at Key Stage 1 with reference to pupils with special educational needs.” Support for Learning 32, no. 4 (November 1, 2017): 337–51.
Clark, C., M. Brody, J. Dillon, P. Hart, and J. Heimlich. “The messy process of research: Dilemmas, process, and critique.” In Towards a Convergence Between Science and Environmental Education: The Selected Works of Justin Dillon, 67–81, 2016.
Cooper, Ellen M., Gretchen Kroeger, Katherine Davis, Charlotte R. Clark, P Lee Ferguson, and Heather M. Stapleton. “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 50, no. 19 (October 2016): 10653–60.
Ardoin, N. M., C. R. Clark, and D. J. Wojcik. “Looking toward the blue sky: Environmental education researchers' experience, influences, and aspirations.” Applied Environmental Education and Communication 15, no. 1 (January 2, 2016): 75–89.
Comer, D. K., C. R. Clark, and D. A. Canelas. “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 15, no. 5 (January 1, 2014): 26–82.

Recent Grants


ENVIRON 593: Independent Studies and Projects (ENVIRON 593: Independent Studies and Projects)
ENVIRON 590: Special Topics (ENVIRON 590: Special Topics)
ENVIRON 245: The Theory and Practice of Sustainability (ENVIRON 245: The Theory and Practice of Sustainability)
ENVIRON 899: Master's Project (ENVIRON 899: Master's Project)
ENVIRON 997: Duke Environmental Leadership: Independent Studies and Projects (ENVIRON 997: Duke Environmental Leadership: Independent Studies and Projects)

Contact Information

Box 90328
Durham, NC 27708
9 Circuit Drive, 3106 Grainger Hall
Durham, NC 27708


Ph.D., Duke University (2007)