Peter Clark - Curriculum vitae#


Born 1944. Scholar, Balliol College, Oxford 1963-66; H. W. C. Davis University Prize 1964; Arnold University Prize 1965; B.A. Hons. Modern History, First Class, Oxford 1966; M.A. Oxford 1971. Doctor of Philosophy (honoris causa), Stockholm 2010.

Academic Career

  • Visiting Fellow, Royal Flemish Academy, Brussels spring spring 2002, 2003, 2007
  • Visiting Fellow, Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study, 1999 - 2000
  • Director of the Centre for Urban History, University of Leicester 1985 - 1999
  • Visiting Professor, William and Mary College, Virginia 1987 - 1988
  • Visiting Fellow, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, 1972 - 1973
  • Educated at Balliol College, Oxford and graduated (Modern History first class) in 1966
  • Research Fellow, Magdalen College, Oxford
  • Lecturer, Reader and later Professor of Economic and Social History, University of Leicester, 1975 - 1999
  • He has also lectured extensively in Europe, North America and Japan

  • 1989 - 2012 Treasurer, European Association for Urban History
  • 1985 Member of the International Commission for the History of Towns
  • Former member of the Council of the Royal Historical Society
  • Corresponding Member, Finnish Academy of Science and Letters
  • Secretary, Urban History Group 1978 - 1981; convenor Pre-Modern Towns Group 1978 - 1994
  • 1983 Member of the Executive and then Advisory Boards of the Records of Early English Drama, Toronto University
  • 2008 Member of University Evaluation Panel (History Department), Free University of Brussels
  • 2010 Member of Chair Appointment Board, Maynooth College, University of Ireland
  • Expert Evaluator, European Research Council; Belgian Scientific Research Office
  • Assessor, Trinity College, Dublin; Maynooth College, University of Ireland; Tampere University; Leicester University, UK; Warwick University, UK; Aberystwyth, Wales

Research Areas

Peter Clark has organised many projects and written or edited over fifteen books on urban and social and cultural history, mostly related to early modern Britain. Increasingly interested in European comparative studies he has led a Project on Space, Nature and Culture in the City: Helsinki, Stockholm, London, St Petersburg 1850-2000 ( Academy of Finland grant 2001-4), in conjunction with well known scholars in Finland, Britain, Sweden and Russia leading to a major publication in 2006 (see below). He subsequently completed a linked project on Green Space and Sport in European Cities in the Twentieth Century (funded by the University European Networks programme and Nessling Foundation) working with historians, ecologists, and geographers:the results were published P. Clark, M. Niemi and J. Niemela, eds., Sport and Green Space in the European City (Helsinki, 2009). A follow-up international project on urban green space was published as P. Clark, M. Niemi and C. Nolin, eds., Green Landscapes of the European City (Routledge, 2016).

International collaborative work since 2009 on a study of global cities from early times to the present concluded with the appearance of P. Clark, ed., The Oxford Handbook of Cities in World History (Oxford, 2013, 2016) with over 50 contributors. He is currently working on a study of urban vacant land from early times to the present.

Lectures at universities in Venice; Perugia; Catania. Italy; Technical University, Berlin, Germany; Utrecht; Leiden; Netherlands; Stockholm; University College, Dublin; Cambridge; Kingston, Warwick, UK; Leuven; Antwerp, Brussels, Belgium; Paris; Pecs, Hungary; Princeton, US, Maynooth College, Dublin

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