Ed Carr is a tenured professor and director of the International Development, Community, and Environment Department at Clark University, where he also directs the Humanitarian Response and Development Lab (HURDL). He has held numerous academic and professional positions in the world of development. From 2003 to 2015, he was first an assistant and then associate professor in the Department of Geography at the University of South Carolina, where he founded HURDL. From September 2010 to August 2012, he was an AAAS fellow serving at the United States Agency for International Development, first as the climate change coordinator for the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA) and later as a climate change science advisor on the Climate Change Team in the Bureau for Economic Growth, Education and the Environment (E3). He then served as a consultant to the World Bank on issues of adaptation and development. For more than 20 years he has worked in rural sub-Saharan Africa on issues of globalization, development and environmental change, living among and working with various rural communities. He is the author of more than 50 publications and reports on issues of development, adaptation to climate change, and the changing global environment. Ed has served as a lead author of two global environmental assessments (the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment and UNEP’s Fourth Global Environment Outlook) and was the review editor for chapter 9 (Rural Areas) of Working Group II of the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report. He is a lead author for chapter 18 (Climate resilient development pathways) of Working Group II of the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report.
Ed has been awarded a Science and Technology Policy Fellowship from the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, and a Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the National Geographic Society, The United States Agency for International Development, The University of South Carolina, The University of Kentucky, and Syracuse University. He has received recognitions including a Meritorious Honor Group Award from US Agency for International Development and the Abraham Lincoln Honor Award for Contributions to Global Food Security from the US Department of Agriculture.