Greg Clark


The Century of Cities and the Pandemic

We live in extraordinary times. The Century of Cities, The Climate Emergency, the Digital Age and The Internet of Things, and the new surge in pandemics, disasters, and shocks, each with the potential to trigger reforms.  

As we enter the 5th decade of the century of cities, COVID19 arrives as a human tragedy, an economic shock, and a catalyst of change for our planet, cities, mobility, technology, and human relations. We must take the opportunity to find new paths that align with our planetary imperatives, and our human instinct for a safer and healthier world.

Professor Greg Clark CBE FAcSS is a Global Advisor, Scholar & Writer, Non-Executive Director and Board Chairman who works with Businesses, Governments, and Cities to help navigate this disrupted century, inspire new collaborations, and forge new futures.



Greg Clark is Group Advisor on Future Cities and New Industries at HSBC. Read his recent article on financing the de-carbonisation of cities here.

Read his OPED on Pandemics and Climate Change here.

Read HSBC’s Visions of our City for Istanbul, Cairo, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Riyadh here.

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The Business of Cities is an urban intelligence firm, with the mission to help organisations to make the most of the changing 21st century relationships between businesses and cities.


Greg Clark is a Board Member of Transport for London and Chairman of its Programme & Investment Committee, and a member of its Finance and Crossrail Committees.

He is also a Member of London’s Economic Development Board (LEAP) where he leads on city economic strategy. 


Greg chairs an Expert Advisory Group on the Future of the London Central Activity Zone. Click here to read the report.


Greg Clark is an Honorary Professor at UCL STEaPP, a Visiting Professor at the University of Strathclyde, a senior fellow at the Urban Land Institute and a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and until recently, a global fellow at Brookings Institution.

He also chairs international Advisory Boards for Cities that are reformulating their strategies, positioning, and assets.


Connected Places Catapult is the UK’s innovation accelerator for cities, transport, and places.

CPC provides impartial ‘innovation as a service’ for public bodies, businesses, and infrastructure providers to catalyse step-change improvements in the way people live, work and travel. CPC connects businesses and public sector leaders to cutting-edge research to spark innovation and grow new markets. CPC runs technology demonstrators and SME accelerators to scale new solutions that drive growth, spread prosperity, and eliminate carbon.

Click here to listen to the Connected Places podcast in which Greg interviews thought leaders on innovation, cities, transport and place.

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Greg is the author or 10 books and 100+ reports about cities, investment, innovation and leadership. Visit Greg Clark's author page here.


Recent publications include Global Cities: A short history and The Innovation Economy: Implications and Imperatives for States and Regions.

A complete list of all previous publications is on The Business of Cities website here.


BBC My Perfect City

Presented by Fi Glover and alongside Dr Ellie Cosgrave from University College London, Greg Clark is guest urban expert on the BBC World Service series My Perfect City. 


Catch all the episodes here. #PerfectCityBBC


Greg Clark is regularly interviewed in global media on the role of cities and new industries. Click on each logo on the left to see his thought pieces, articles, and video news segment, 


View Greg Clark’s monthly column with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. The column covers cities, climate, and the built environment. 


The Black Training and Enterprise Group (BTEG) is a national charity based in London working to champion national and local action to reduce racial inequalities for ethnic minority young people.


Greg Clark frequently gives keynote speeches at urban events throughout the world and moderates conferences regularly.