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 Global Head of Future Cities and New Industries of HSBC. Read his recent article on financing the de-carbonisation of cities here.
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 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.
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.