Faculty Biography

Mark Davidson

Mark Davidson, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Geography
Graduate School of Geography
Clark University
Worcester, MA 01610-1477

Email: mDavidson@clarku.edu
Phone: (508) 793-7291

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Dr. Mark Davidson received his B.A. (2002) and Ph.D. (2006) from the Department of Geography, King’s College London. He is an urban geographer with research interests in gentrification, urban politics, policymaking, comparative urbanism and critical socio-spatial theory. He has longstanding research interests in emergent modes of gentrification - and related issues of displacement - and the politics of concept adoption in the urban policymaking process. His recent work has also extended to consider large-scale urban redevelopment projects and the impact of sustainability thinking in urban and social policy formulation. His research often combines qualitative and quantitative methods and is international in scope, including work in Europe, North America and Australasia. Prior to joining Clark, he was a Research Fellow (2007-2009) at the Urban Research Centre, University of Western Sydney, Australia, and a Post-Doctoral Research Associate (2005-2007) in the Department of Geography and The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center at Dartmouth College.

Current Research

  • Urban re-visioning and the gentrified city
  • Post-industrial urban spaces and governance
  • Politics, policymaking and sustainability in Sydney and Vancouver
  • Social class in the post-political city

Fellowships and Awards

  • Nelson A. Rockefeller Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Dartmouth College, USA
  • School of Social Science and Public Policy Studentship, King's College London, UK
  • Jelf Medal, King’s College London, UK
  • W. B. Morgan Award, King’s College London, UK
  • Sam Brooke Exhibition Prize, King’s College London, UK

Selected Publications

Davidson, M. and Martin, D. (eds) (2013) Urban Politics: Critical Approaches (Sage: London)

Davidson, M. (2013) Is class relevant to urban politics? In: Davidson, M. and Martin, D. (eds) Urban Politics: Critical Approaches (Sage: London)

Davidson, M. and Wyly, E. (2012) Class-ifying London: social division and space claims in the post-industrial city, City: analysis of urban trends, culture, theory, policy, action, 16(4), 395-421

Davidson, M. and McNeill, D. (2012) The redevelopment of Olympic sites: Examining the Legacy of Sydney Olympic Park, Urban Studies, 49(8), 1625-1641

Davidson, M. (2012) Sustainable City as Fantasy, Human Geography, 5(2), 14-25

Davidson, M. (2012) The 20:12 Express: Destination? City: analysis of urban trends, culture, theory, policy, action, 16(1-2), 207-215

Davidson, M. (2010) Sustainability as ideological praxis: the acting out of planning’s master signifier, City: analysis of urban trends, culture, theory, policy, action, 14(3), 1-17

Davidson, M. (2010) Social Sustainability and the City, Geography Compass, 4(7), 872-880

Davidson, M. (2010) Love Thy Neighbour? Interpreting social mixing in London’s gentrification frontiers, Environment and Planning A, 42(3), 524-544

Davidson, M. (2010) The Parallax Urban Perspective, Journal of Urban History, 36(2), 257-262

Davidson, M (2009) Social sustainability: a potential for politics? Local Environment, 14(7), 607-619

Davidson, M. (2009) Displacement, Space/Place and Dwelling: placing gentrification debate, Ethics, Place and Environment, 12(2), 219-234

Davidson, M. and Lees, L. (2009) New-build gentrification: its histories, trajectories, and critical geographies, Population, Space and Place [online early]

Davidson, M. (2009) Waterfront Development. In: Thrift, N. and Kitchen, R. (eds) International Encyclopedia of Human Geography (Elsevier, Oxford)

Davidson, M (2008) Spoiled Mixture - Where does state-led 'positive' gentrification end? Urban Studies, 45, 2385-2405

Davidson, M. (2008) London’s Blue Ribbon Network: Riverside Renaissance along the Thames. In: Imrie, R., Lees, L. and Raco, M. (eds) Regenerating London (Routledge, London)

Davidson, M. (2007) Gentrification as global habitat: a process of class formation or corporate creation? Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 32(4), 490-506

Davidson, M. and Lees, L. (2005) New Build ‘Gentrification’ and London’s Riverside Renaissance, Environment and Planning A, 37(7), 1165-1190