UCL Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy


Professor Greg Clark awarded a Fellowship of the Academy of Social Sciences

1 November 2016

UCL Honorary Professor Greg Clark CBE has been made a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences for his role as a leading global authority on cities and his engagement in strategic urban developments across the world.

Greg Clark 2016

Professor Clark is a Visiting Professor and co-chairman of the Advisory Board for STEaPP's City Leadership Laboratory. The Lab brings together world-class academic scholarship, public authorities, international organisations, the private sector, and small and medium-sized enterprises to create a unique environment for urban experimentation, research, teaching and action. 

Professor Clark works closely with the Lab’s Director, Professor Michele Acuto, and has recently been collaborating with the Lab and colleagues from The Business of Cities, Dr Tim Moonen and Emily Moir, to publish a global review of City Leadership, supported by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and the World Bank. The report combines the application of management science to cities with in-depth interviews with city leaders from five continents.

Professors Clark and Acuto are also developing a programme of city preparedness for major corporations that want to work more closely with cities and leading a programme with the Chilean government, supported by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and British Embassy in Santiago, to learn lessons from urban policy in the UK. Professors Clark and Acuto are also involved in the Sharing Cities Advisory Board, an international partnership led by the Greater London Authority and Mayor of London. Professor Clark has recently authored a major review of Metropolitan Governance and Leadership with Dr Moonen for the Habitat III conference in Quito.

" It is fantastic that Greg has been recognised for his huge contribution to city leadership and business studies. He has been a pivotal member of STEaPP and the City Leadership Laboratory over the past three years. We look forward to collaborating with him further over the coming years and building on our current urban research and education projects.” Professor Michele Acuto

Professor Clark has also been involved in the development of STEaPP’s new professional Master’s of Public Administration (MPA) in Urban Innovation and Policy, led by faculty from the Lab. With applications now open for 2017-18, this degree is designed to provide the next generation of city leaders with the skills, tools and methods to innovate policy in the face of complex urban systems. The MPA will include guest seminars and input provided by the Lab’s global network of policy experts and practitioners, including Professor Clark.

" A fellowship is a wonderful accolade for one of our most prominent staff. The impact of the work Greg Clark has undertaken is really significant and demonstrates the relevance of the work underway in STEaPP. I'm very excited.” Professor Nigel Titchener-Hooker, Dean of UCL Engineering

Alongside his work with UCL, Professor Clark has recently been appointed to the Board of Transport for London by Mayor Sadiq Khan, where he now chairs the Major Programmes and Investment Committee. He is co-Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Fourth Regional Plan for New York; Advisor on Metropolitan Governance and Planning for Greater Sydney; Chairman of the World Cities Summit Mayors Forum; and Chairman of the JLL Cities Research Center. He will also chair the 2017 Asia Pacific Cities Summit Mayors’ Forum. 

Professor Clark’s career has spanned academia, regional and national government roles, global advisory assignments on cities and urban development, and non-executive directorships over a 30-year period. He received the CBE for his contribution to City and Regional Development in 2015 and has been awarded the Freedom of The City of London in the past month.   

" It is a great honour to be joining the Academy as a Fellow. I am very grateful to my colleagues at The Business of Cities, UCL City Leadership Laboratory, and in cities around the world for the many collaborations that have developed our shared work. This year, I hope to support the Lab to develop a vibrant and compelling offering to city leaders, key players at other tiers of governments, and with the business and civic sectors that want to work with cities in our current global cycle.” Professor Greg Clark

Professor Clark has two forthcoming books, A Short History of Global Cities (Brookings Institution Press) to be published on 1 November, and, with Dr Tim Moonen, World Cities and Nation States (Wiley) to be published on 27 November.

To find out more about Professor Clark’s work with the City Leadership Laboratory, visit www.cityleadership.net