Faculty Biography

Mark Davidson

Mark Davidson, Ph.D.

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

Office: Jefferson 103

Email: mDavidson@clarku.edu

Phone: (508) 793-7291

Curriculum Vitae
Professional Website


Mark Davidson is an urban geographer with an international reputation for his research on gentrification, urban theory, municipal finance, and urban sustainability. He has published in high-impact social science journals and published edited collections with SUNY Press and Sage. He has received research funding from the National Science Foundation and the International Olympic Committee. Prior to joining Clark University, Mark held fellowships at the Nelson A. Rockefeller Centre for Public Policy and Social Science, Dartmouth College, and the Urban Research Centre, University of Western Sydney. He holds a BA (Hons) and PhD in Geography from King’s College London.


Current Research

Geographies of U.S. municipal governance and borrowing

Epistemologies of contemporary urban theory

Geographies of justice theory


Fellowships and Awards

Oliver and Dorothy Hayden Junior Faculty Fellowship, Clark University

Hodgkins Junior Faculty Fellowship, Clark University

Nelson A. Rockefeller Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Dartmouth College, USA

Jelf Medal, King’s College London, UK


Selected Publications

Davidson, M. (2020) Between passion and reason: Rethinking critical urban scholarship for populist times, City: analysis of urban trends, culture, theory, policy, action, 24(1-2), 302-313

Davidson, M. (2020) From Big to Small Cities: A Qualitative Analysis of the Causes and Outcomes of Post-Recession Municipal Bankruptcies, City and Community, 19(1), 132-152

Davidson, M. (2020) Extreme Municipal Fiscal Stress and Austerity? A Case Study of Fiscal Reform After Chapter 9 Bankruptcy, Environment and Planning C, 38(3), 522-538

Davidson, M. (2019) Going Bust Two Ways? Pragmatic Reflections on Urban Policy Failure, Urban Geography, 41(9), 1119-1138