Congratulations to Amanda Clarke, from the School of Public Policy and Public Administration, who has been selected as the Inaugural Public Affairs Research Excellence Chair at the Assistant Professor level. The selection committee was impressed by her very strong research record, including her record of accomplishment in securing research funding, and her innovative, ambitious and interdisciplinary research proposal. Prof. Clarke will take up the Research Excellence Chair on August 15, 2018, and will hold the position for three years.

As Research Excellence Chair, she will build on ongoing work and initiate new projects within two streams of research. The first stream will explore how the institution of the public service, and the policy making activities that governments undertake, are adapting to the digital age. The second stream of research will explore digital era governance outside the state, focusing in particular on the role that civic tech actors and private technology firms have in tackling—and fuelling—today’s most pressing social challenges. Prof. Clarke also plans to work with colleagues in the Faculty of Public Affairs to build a Digital Governance Research Network at Carleton, with a view to building a Canadian centre of expertise that will engage academics, journalists and policymakers on issues related to digital era governance.