Teaching Associate and Affiliated Lecturer, Centre of Development Studies
Research Fellow, Action Research for Co-Development, University of Florence, Italy
Book Review Editor, Journal of Human Development and Capabilities
Fellow of the Human Development and Capability Association
BA (Greenwich), MPhil, PhD (Cambridge)
David Clark is a Teaching Associate and Affiliated Lecturer in the Centre of Development Studies. In the past he has held academic posts at several universities and research institutes including the Von Hügel Institute (St Edmund's College, University of Cambridge), the Global Poverty Research Group (Universities of Manchester and Oxford) and the Brooks World Poverty Institute (University of Manchester).
David Clark has been involved in consultancy work for the International Labour Organisation, the World Bank Institute, the UK Equality and Human Rights Commission, the Centre for the Analysis of Social Exclusion (London School of Economics and Political Science), the Oxford Martin School(University of Oxford), the German Institute of Global Area Studies (Hamburg), Queen Elizabeth House (University of Oxford), Ecolink (South African NGO), the Brooks World Poverty Institute (University of Manchester) and Action Research for Co-Development (University of Florence).
In 2006 David Clark edited The Elgar Companion to Development Studies (2006; 2007), which won a Choice Outstanding Academic Title award in 2007 and includes contributions from many eminent development thinkers – notably, Irma Adelman, Pranab Bardhan, Robert Bates, Kaushik Basu, Ha-Joon Chang, Jean Dreze, Arturo Escobar, Shailaja Fennell, Geoff Harcourt, Barbara Harriss-White, Richard Jolly, Sanjaya Lall, Colin Leys, Siddiq Osmani, Peter Nolan, David Pearce, Gustav Rannis, Martin Ravallion, Amartya Sen, Ajit Singh, Robert Solow, Frances Stewart, Paul Streeten, Moshe Syrquin, Tony Thirlwall and Howard White (amongst many others).
David Clark is the book review editor of the Journal of Human Development and Capabilities and has been elected as a Fellow of the Human Development and Capability Association.
David Clark’s research interests focus on poverty, inequality and well-being from a human capability and development perspective. Specific interests include concepts and perceptions of human well-being; conceptualisation and measurement of poverty; adaptation and development; livelihoods and chronic poverty; multiculturalism and empowerment; inter-disciplinarity and methodology; and philosophical issues in economics and development.
David Clark is the coordinator of the first year Ph.D. Research Methods and Approaches in Development Studies training course. In the past he has contributed to the core MPhil paper on Institutions and Development, and the optional paper on Ethics, Capabilities and Sustainable Development. He also supervises Ph.D. and MPhil students in the Centre of Development Studies.
At this time Dr Clark is accepting research proposals for discussion from those looking to apply to the PhD course in 2017/18. Please note that Dr Clark can only stand as a co-supervisor and applicants will be required to name another academic on their application that is willing to supervise alongside him.
Clark, D. A., Biggeri, M. and Frediani, A. A. (eds) (forthcoming 2017), The Capability Approach, Empowerment and Participation: Concepts, Methods and Applications, Palgrave Macmillan.
Clark, D. A. (ed.) (2012), Adaptation, Poverty and Development: The Dynamics of Subjective Well-Being, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke. 250 pp., ISBN 978-0-230-36056-3. (Includes contributions from Abigail Barr, Marcel Fafchamps, David Hulme, John Knight, Daniel Neff, Wendy Olsen and Mozaffar Qizilbash).
Clark, D. A. (ed.) (2006), The Elgar Companion to Development Studies, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham. 768 pp. Hardback ISBN 1 84376 475 X.
Clark, D. A. (2002), Visions of Development: A Study of Human Values, Edward Elgar, 2002. 296 pp. Hardback ISBN 1 84064 982 8.
Edited Journal Issues
Clark, D. A. and Fennell, S. (eds) (2016), ‘Symposium on Anthony Atkinson’s, Inequality: What Can Be Done?’, Journal of Human Development and Capabilities, 17 (3), pp. 429–464. (Contributors: Enrica Chiappero-Martinetti, Erik Schokkaert, Stephanie Seguino, Polly Vizard and Scott Wisor).
Clark D. A. (ed.) (2014) 'Symposium on Jean Dreze and Amartya Sen's An Uncertain Glory: India and Its Contradictions', Journal of Human Development and Capabilities, 15 (4), pp. 413-451. (Contributors: David Clark, A. K. Shiva Kumar, Azizur Rahman Khan, Adolfo Figueroa, Shailaja Fennell, Oliver Mutunga and T. N. Srinivasan).
Clark D. A. (ed.) (2013) ‘Symposium on Martha C. Nussbaum’s Creating Capabilities: The Human Development Approach’, Journal of Human Development and Capabilities, 14 (1), pp. 156-188. (Contributors: David Clark, Avner De-Shalit, Shailaja Fennell, Frances Stewart, Jonathan Wolff and Elaine Unterhalter).
Clark, D. A. (ed.) (2011), ‘Symposium on Jennifer Prah Ruger’s Health and Social Justice’, Journal of Human Development and Capabilities, 12 (4), pp. 557-604. (Contributors: Anita Allen, Ruth Faden, Paul Hunt, Joo-Young Lee, Keerty Nakray, Madison Powers, Jennifer Prah Ruger, Uwe Reinhardt and Ruhi Saith).
Clark, D. A. and Ghosh, A. (eds) (2010), ‘Symposium on Amartya Sen’s The Idea of Justice’, Journal of Human Development and Capabilities, 11 (4), pp. 599-625. (Contributors: John Broome, Marcus Labode, S. R. Osmani, Thomas Pogge and Polly Vizard).
Refereed Journal Papers
Clark, D. A. (2017), ‘Valuing and Revaluing Education: What Can we Learn about Measurement from the South African Poor?’, Comparative Education, 53 (1), pp. 54–80.
Clark, D. A. and Fennell, S. (2014), 'Democratic Freedoms, Capabilities and Public Provision: A Defence and Some Possible Extensions', Journal of Human Development and Capabilities, 15 (4), pp. 437-447.
Clark, D. A. (2013), 'Creating Capabilities, Lists and Thresholds: Whose Voices, Value Judgements and Intuitions Count?', Journal of Human Development and Capabilities, 14 (1), 172-184.
Hodgett, S. and Clark, D. A. (2011), ‘Capabilities, Well-Being and Multiculturalism: A New Framework for Guiding Policy’, International Journal of Canadian Studies, 44, pp. 163-184. (This paper is badged as 2011, although the actual publication date is early-mid 2012).
Barr, A. and Clark, D. A. (2010), ‘Do the Poor Adapt to Low Income, Minimal Education and Ill-Health?’, Journal of African Economies, 19 (3), pp. 257-293 (Lead article).
Clark, D. A. and Hulme, D. (2010), ‘Poverty, Time and Vagueness: Integrating the Core Poverty and Chronic Poverty Frameworks’, Cambridge Journal of Economics, 34 (2), pp. 347-366 (Lead article).
Clark, D. A. (2009), ‘The Capability Approach: Concepts, Measures and Applications [book review]’, Journal of Human Development and Capabilities, 10(3), pp. 443-445.
Clark, D. A. (2009), ‘Adaptation, Poverty and Well-Being: Some Issues and Observations with Special Reference to the Capability Approach and Development Studies’, Journal of Human Development and Capabilities, 10 (1), pp. 21-42.
Clark, D. A. and Qizilbash, M. (2008), ‘Core Poverty, Vagueness and Adaptation: A New Methodology and Some Results for South Africa’, Journal of Development Studies, 44(4), pp. 519-544. (Lead article).
Clark, D. A. (2008), ‘Three Books on Well-Being and Development: The UNU-WIDER Project’, Journal of Human Development, 9(1), pp. 149-152. (Lead book review).
Clark, D. A. (2005), ‘Sen’s Capability Approach and the Many Spaces of Human Well-Being’, Journal of Development Studies, 41(8), pp. 1339-1368. (Lead article).
Qizilbash, M. and Clark, D. A. (2005), ‘The Capability Approach and Fuzzy Measures of Poverty: An Application to the South African Context’, Social Indicators Research, 74 (1), pp.103-139.
Clark, D. A. (2003), ‘Concepts and Perceptions of Human Well-Being: Some Evidence from South Africa’, Oxford Development Studies, 31 (2), pp.173-196.
Clark, D. A. (2002), ‘Development Ethics: A Research Agenda’, International Journal of Social Economics, 29 (11), pp.830-848. (Lead article).
Ayres, R. I. and Clark, D. A. (1998), ‘Capitalism, Industrialisation and Development in Latin America: the Dependency Paradigm Revisited’, Capital and Class, 64, pp.89-118.
Clark, D. A., Fennell, S., and Hulme, D. (2017), ‘Poverty and Inequality’ in K. Reinert (ed.), Handbook of Globalisation and Development, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, pp. 487–512.
Clark, D. A. (2014), 'Defining and Measuring Human Well-Being' in B. Freeman (ed.), Global Environmental Change: Handbook of Global Environmental Pollution, Springer, pp. 833-855.
Clark, D. A. (2012), ‘Introduction: Adaptation and Development – Issues, Evidence and Policy Relevance ’, chapter 1 in D. A. Clark (ed.), Adaptation, Poverty and Development: The Dynamics of Subjective Well-Being, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, pp.1-31.
Clark, D. A. (2012), ‘Adaptation: Implications for Development in Theory and Practice’ chapter 3 in D. A. Clark (ed.), Adaptation, Poverty and Development The Dynamics of Subjective Well-Being, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, pp. 61-88.
Barr, A. and Clark, D. A. (2012), ‘A Multidimensional Analysis of Adaptation in a Developing Country Context’, chapter 5 in D. A. Clark (ed.), Adaptation, Poverty and Development, The Dynamics of Subjective Well-Being, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, pp.111-136.
Clark, D. A. (2010), ‘Capabilities, Opulence and Utility’ in Tzen Wong and Graham Dutfield (eds), Intellectual Property and Human Development: Current Trends and Future Scenarios, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
Clark, D. A. (2008), ‘The Capability Approach: Its Development, Critiques and Recent Advances’ in Robin Ghosh, K. R. Gupta and Prasenjit Maiti (eds), Development Studies, Volume II, Atlantic Books and Distributors, New Delhi, India, Ch. 5, pp. 105-127.
Clark, D. A. and Hulme, D. (2008), ‘Towards a Unified Framework for Understanding the Depth, Breadth and Duration of Poverty’, in Robin Ghosh, K. R. Gupta and Prasenjit Maiti (eds), Development Studies, Volume II, Atlantic Publishers & Distributors Ltd, New Delhi, India, Ch. 1, pp.1-43 (Lead article).
Clark, D. A. (2006), ‘Development Studies in the Twenty First Century’, in D. A. Clark (ed.) The Elgar Companion to Development Studies, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, pp. xxvi-xli.
Clark, D. A. (2006), ‘Capability Approach’ in D. A. Clark (ed.) The Elgar Companion to Development Studies, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, pp. 32-45.
Clark, D. A. and Gough, I. (2005), ‘Capabilities, Needs and Well-Being: Relating the Universal and the Local’ in L. Manderson (ed.), Rethinking Well-Being: Essays on Health, Disability and Disadvantage, API Network/ Curtin University Press, Perth, pp. 45-68.
Adaptation, Poverty and Development: The Dynamics of Subjective Well-Being Edited by David Alexander Clark
With a Foreword by David Hulme
In contrast to previous attempts to examine adaptation to climate change in developing countries, the authors focus on how individuals and broader social groups adjust their aspirations, mental states, social values and behaviour and practices in response to changes in their personal and social circumstances. Employing a unique blend of cross disciplinary work from economics, psychology, sociology and philosophy this innovative book draws on quantitative and qualitative techniques. The book is divided into three parts that deal with conceptual issues, empirical studies and specific topics (gender, disability, migration) relating to adaptation in developing countries. It includes detailed case studies of adaptation in China, Ethiopia, India and South Africa and underlines the case for listening to the poor by suggesting that people who become worse off are less likely to lower their aspirations – or restrict their values – than is commonly thought by some philosophers and social scientists.
'Economics is venturing into new world previously inhabited by psychologists – the extent to which people adapt in various ways to changing circumstances. Better knowledge of adaptation is fundamental to advancing our understanding of human behavior and feelings of well-being. This volume is a welcome and valuable contribution to an important and much-neglected subject.' – Richard A. Easterlin, Professor of Economics, University of Southern California, USA
'Is adaptation of deprived people to their often abysmal circumstances a healthy reaction which improves the quality of their lives? Or does it inhibit action to improve the situation – by them and by others? This fascinating book explores such issues conceptually and empirically, and is especially pertinent today when 'happiness' is being promoted as the new metric of development.'
– Frances Stewart, University of Oxford, UK
'This book breaks new ground by bringing together theoretical and empirical perspectives on the problem of adaptation, using case studies in India, China and Africa. Clear, insightful and methodical, it will become essential reading for all those interested in the increasingly important question of how to interpret subjective measures of well-being, especially in a development context.'
– Tania Burchardt, Deputy Director, Centre for the Analysis of Social Exclusion, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK