Susan Clark


Susan Clark.

Susan Clark


Susan Clark


Assistant Professor
Director of Sustainability Leadership Masters Program

Research Interests

Dr. Clark's expertise and experience span the topics of sustainability education, climate change policy, sustainable development and resilient infrastructure systems. Clark’s current research focuses on quantifying the social burden of power outages due to natural disasters and extreme events.


Dr. Susan Clark is an Assistant Professor in Department of Environment and Sustainability. She is also the Director of the College of Arts and Science’s Sustainability Leadership Master’s Program. In these positions, Dr. Clark teaches classes on the topics of sustainability and resilience, mentors Sustainability graduate students, and leads externally funded projects on topics related to community resilience and climate change that has been funded by the U.S. Department of Defense, New York State, and the National Science Foundation. Dr. Clark is also heavily involved in community outreach. She currently is the Chair for Erie County’s Community Climate Change Task Force (C3TF) and takes a leadership role in OUTSTEPS Lower Great Lakes, which is a regional network of scholars, practitioners, and other stakeholders working together to increase the sustainability and resilience across the region in a collaborative, holistic, and inclusive manner.


•    PhD, Sustainability, Arizona State University, 2013
•    MS, Earth System Science, University of New Hampshire, 2008
•    BS, Atmospheric Science, University at Albany, 2006

Selected Publications

Clark, S. S., Chester, M. V., Seager, T. P., & Eisenberg, D. A. (2019). The vulnerability of interdependent urban infrastructure systems to climate change: could Phoenix experience a Katrina of extreme heat? Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure, 4(1), 21-35.

Marchese, D., Reynolds, E., Bates, M. E., Morgan, H., Clark, S. S., & Linkov, I. (2018). Resilience and sustainability: Similarities and differences in environmental management applications. Science of the total environment, 613, 1275-1283.

Clark, S.S., Seager, T.P. & Chester, M.V. (2018). A capabilities approach to the prioritization of critical infrastructure. Environment Systems & Decisions, 38: 339.

Sadowski, J., Spierre, S. G., Selinger, E., Seager, T. P., Adams, E. A., & Berardy, A. (2015). Intergroup cooperation in common pool resource dilemmas. Science and engineering ethics, 21(5), 1197-1215.

Spierre, S. G., Seager, T. P., & Selinger, E. (2013). The diminishing returns to the 2010 human Development Index: Implications for climate policy and sustainable development.