Eric Clark


Research areas and keywords

UKÄ subject classification

  • Human Geography
  • Economic Geography
  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary


  • Urban Political Economy, Political Ecology, Land Rent Theory, Gentrification, Sustainability, Social Geography, Island Studies


Eric Clark is Professor of Human Geography at Lund University, associated with the Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies (LUCSUS), and elected member of the Royal Society of Letters at Lund. He studied urban and regional planning at Stockholm University before pursuing PhD studies in human geography at Lund University. He has held positions as associate professor of human geography at the University of Oslo and Copenhagen University, and as full professor at Uppsala University and, since 1998, at Lund University. Clark has been guest professor at National Taiwan University (2010) and research fellow at the Hanse Institute for Advanced Studies (2002). His research interests include political economy of space, land rent theory, gentrification, financialisation, sustainability, island studies and historical political ecology. His research on rent gaps and gentrification has been especially influential in the field of urban studies. Clark is currently managing editor of the Journal of Urban Affairs (Wiley), and edited Geografiska Annaler Series B: Human Geography (Blackwell) 1999-2008. He is steering committee member of the Lund University Centre of Excellence for Integration of Social and Natural Dimensions of Sustainability (LUCID), vice chair of the International Geographical Union Commission on Islands, and leads the Swedish research teams involved in the EU FP7 research program Financialisation, Economy, Society and Sustainable Development (FESSUD) and the Urban Europe JPI research program Towards new forms of urban governance and city development: learning from URBan Experiments with Living Labs & City Labs (URB@Exp). He also collaborates with Taiwanese researchers studying the historical political ecology of Taiwan’s small islands. His recent publications appear in Annals of the Association of American Geographers; Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers; Sustainability Science; Cultural Geographies; Geografiska Annaler Series B: Human Geography; and Urban Studies. Recent book chapters include contributions to The Gentrification Reader; Global Gentrifications: Uneven Development and Displacement; Sustainability and the Political Economy of Welfare; Processes of Urban Regeneration: Neil Smith and Beyond; Socialist and Post-socialist Urbanisms: Critical Reflections from a Global Perspective; Urban Sustainability: A Global Perspective; and Ecology & Power: Struggles Over Land and Material Resources in the Past, Present and Future.

Recent research outputs

Eric Clark, 2018, The Routledge International Handbook of Island Studies: A World of Islands. Baldacchino, G. (ed.). 1st ed. Routledge, p. 381-391 11 p.

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Eric Clark, 2017 Jun 26, Gentrification as a Global Strategy: Neil Smith and Beyond. Routledge/ Taylor and Francis Group, p. 74-84 11 p.

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Anders Lund Hansen & Eric Clark, 2017 Mar 1, Human Rights Cities and Regions: Swedish and International Perspectives. Davis, M., Gammeltoft-Hansen, T. & Hanna, E. (eds.). Lund: Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights, p. 23-30

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