Greg Clark


The Century of the City and the COVID19 Catalyst

We live in interesting times. The Century of Cities, The Climate Emergency, the Digital Age of the 4th Industrial Revolution and The Internet of Things, and the surge in pandemics, disasters, and shocks, with the potential to trigger reform.  


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 of our 'unintended demonstrator' in low touch, low carbon, low consumption, and low mobility living, to find new paths that align with our planetary imperatives, and our human instincts 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 the Senior Advisor and Global Head of Future Cities and New Industries to HSBC Bank. Read his recent article on financing the de-carbonisation of cities 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. He is also a Member of London’s Economic Development Board (LEAP) where he leads on city economic strategy.

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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.


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.


The Connected Places Catapult operates at the intersection between public and private sectors and between local government and transport authorities, with the aim to create connected places, fit for the future.


Click here to listen to the Connected Places podcast in which Greg features alongside thought leaders on various topics to do with innovation, cities, transport and place


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 Planet of Cities.


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. 


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Contact Professor Greg Clark's PA Kim Norris by clicking below or calling her on +44 (0)20 7022 4811

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