Greg Clark


Greg Clark speaker, urbanist, cities, conferencias

Greg Clark moderates, hosts, speaks and debates at conferences that cover: cities and regions, sustainability and net-zero technology and innovation, mobility and transport infrastructure, real estate, investment and leadership.


Greg Clark is a world expert on cities, urban investment, and the sustainable urban transition. Over a career of 35 years, he has advised more than 300 cities, 40 national governments, 20 multilateral institutions, and multiple global corporates, investors, and fund managers.

He is chair of the Connected Places Catapult (CPC), the UK’s innovation accelerator for cities, transport and place-leadership, and Chair of the UK Cities Climate Investment Commission (UKCCIC) that convenes city leaders and financiers to drive investment in a just urban transition. Greg is a Board member of Transport for London (TfL) and the London LEP. He chairs TfL’s new Land and Property Committee that oversees TfL new property and low carbon housing company, and its associated ventures.


Greg is Hon Prof of Urban innovation at Strathclyde University. He is author of 10 books and 100 reports on cities, investment and place-leadership. His monthly column: The Planet of Cities, is hosted by RICS. He is Global Cities expert on the BBC World Service Series, My Perfect City.


Greg´s previous roles include Group Advisor, Future Cities & New Industries at HSBC Investment Bank, Chair of the OECD Forum of Cities & Regions, Global Fellow on Cities and Metropolitan leadership at the Brookings Institution and Global Fellow on Urban Investment at the Urban land Institute. He was Lead Advisor on Cities to the UK Gov for 6 years. He has been a senior advisor on cities and urban investment to the World Bank, Inter-American development Bank, and the European Investment Bank.

In addition, he has chaired more than 20 internal advisory boards for individual cities that are reformulating their future investment strategies, long term plans, and governance, including New York, Mumbai, Sao Paulo, Johannesburg, Mumbai, Sydney, Auckland, Barcelona, Vienna, and Oslo.

He has led comparative studies on Chinese, Australian, European, North American, Latin American, Middle Eastern, South-East Asian, Caribbean, Nordic, and Indian Cities. Since 2020 he has been tracking the impact of the COVID pandemic on 100 cities globally and has developed a unique framework for assessing the post-pandemics city.

The Urban Century and the Future of Cities.


Cities, Climate, and Investment in the net zero urban transition.

COVID 19, the Post-Pandemic City, and the future of city centres.

Cities, Technology, and the 4th Industrial revolution.

City leadership and Urban Governance.

The Business of Cities.

The DNA of Cities.

World Cities and Nation States.

World Cities and Nation States takes a global perspective to show how national governments and states/provinces/regions continue to play a decisive, and often positive, partnership role with world cities. The 16 chapter book comprised of two introductory chapters, 12 central chapters that draw on case studies, and two summary chapters - draws on over 40 interviews with national ministers, city government officials, business leaders and expert academics.

World Cities and Nation States.

Global Cities: A Short History.

Why have some cities become great global urban centers, and what cities will be future leaders? From Athens and Rome in ancient times to New York, London, Paris and Singapore today, a handful of cities have stood out as centers of global economic, military, or political power. In the twenty-first century, the number of truly global cities is greater than ever before, reflecting the globalization of both economic and political power. In Global Cities: A Short History, Greg Clark, an internationally renowned British urbanist, examines the enduring forces - such as trade, migration, war and technology - that have enabled some cities to emerge from the pack into global leadership.

Much more than an historical review, Clark's book looks to the future, examining the trends that are transforming cities around the world as well as the new challenges all global cities increasingly will face. Which cities will be the global leaders of tomorrow? What are the common issues and opportunities they will face? What kinds of leadership can make these cities competitive and resilient? Clark offers answers to these and similar questions in a book that will be of interest to anyone who lives in or is affected by the world's great urban areas. This work looks at cities such as: New York, London, Paris, Singapore, Tokyo, Hong Kong, China, India, Brazil, Indonesia, Korea, Beijing, Istanbul, Mumbai, Shanghai, Brisbane, Oslo, San Diego, Stockholm, and Tel Aviv.

Global Cities: A Short History.

The Making of a World City: London 1991 to 2021

This book describes the journey that London has taken to Clark-PB.inddbecoming a world city since 1991. It reveals the surprising and unexpected elements of London’s journey and reflects on the challenges that lie ahead for London.

"As Barcelona continues on its path towards to being a global city in Europe, lessons from London become increasingly more interesting and relevant. This book reveals London’s formula for global success in ways which educate and entertain".
Mateu Hernandez, CEO, Barcelona Global.

The Making of a World City: London 1991 to 2021