Dr Julian Clark BA (Hons), MSc, PhD

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Senior Lecturer

Contact details

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Julian Clark researches the political geographies of Europe, the governance of natural resources, and the interrelations between political geography and political science. He has written widely on political geography and environmental governance, and has research monographs published with Oxford University Press and Routledge.


  • PhD in Human Geography (University College London)
  • MSc, Natural Resources and Environmental Policy (University of London)
  • BA (Hons.) Geography (St Catherine's College, University of Oxford; Peter Kirk Memorial Scholar)
  • PG Cert. in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, University of London


2011– Senior Lecturer in Geography School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham.

2007 – 2010: Lecturer in Geography, School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham.

2003 – 2007: Lecturer in Environmental Governance, Birkbeck College, University of London.


Julian teaches on postgraduate and undergraduate modules focusing on political geography, environmental governance and the governance of natural resources. He is module leader on Social and Political Geography (2 nd year), Environmental Governance (3rd year), Geopolitics and Globalization (Master’s level), and is Dissertation Tutor and third year Tutor in GEES. His courses use a variety of learning and assessment methods reflecting the diversity of his teaching experience.

Postgraduate supervision

I welcome applications from prospective PhD students with broadly defined interests in political geography and political governance of natural resources. Current and recently completed doctoral research students include:

  • Maurice Brennan (2012 - ) (with E. Valsami-Jones, J Lead) Governing Nanotechnologies.
  • Chutiwalanch Semmahasak (2009 -) (with D. Hannah) Adaptive governance and sustainable water management in NW Thailand.
  • Indrani Mahapatra (2010 -) (with J Lead) Governance and regulation of second generation nanotechnologies
  • Sen Du (2008-) (with J Thornes) Carbon finance, weather derivatives, emission trading and auditing: an energy trading framework.
  • Jacob Salder (2011-) (with J Bryson) Another ‘New’ Regionalism? Landscapes of Economic Governance in the Coalition Era
  • Megan Ronanye (2011-) (with J Bryson)  Regional economic resilience and the governance of design in manufacturing sectors of the West Midlands
  • Cal Buffery (2011-) (with J Bryson) Severnscape: legal and geographical understandings of water resources


I am a political geographer with research interests in state spatialities (how states materialize and exercise power over territory); the discourses and practices of state representation (through geographies and performances of diplomacy); Europeanization and the geographies of European integration; governance and the formal and informal rules that structure the public policy realm; the governance of natural resources, especially water; and how ‘nature’ is defined and politically constructed and contested through governance arrangements. 

Ongoing and recent research has been funded from the following sources:

2014-2017 Co-I NERC-ESRC MOUNTAIN-EVO (Adaptive governance of mountain ecosystem services for poverty alleviation enabled by environmental virtual observatories) ESPA £1.8m (Bham £300,000)

2011-2013 PI, EU FPVII Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship, ESCALATE (Examining Social Capital effects on public policies in rapidly eroding coastal regions of Europe) €205,000

2011-2013 PI, British Academy Research Grant Iceland– at Europe’s edge £7,500

2011-2014 Co-I ESRC Studentship Regional economic resilience and the governance of design in manufacturing sectors of the west Midlands £60,000

2011-2014 Co-I ESRC-CASE Studentship Another ‘New’ Regionalism? Landscapes of Economic Governance in the Coalition Era £72,000 

2009-2011 PI, ESRC seminar series Renegotiating Boundaries £17,928

2009-2010 PI, European Science Foundation High level Workshop Interdisciplinary understandings of European Agricultural Landscapes Co-convened with Prof. Gilles Pinay. €16,000

2009-10 Co-I, Framework contract EEA/SKI/09/04 Interlinkages between Ecosystems and Human Health, funded by the European Environment Agency. €40,000

2007-08 PI, Natural England Good practice in the management of English National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Defra/NE Contract number C002958. £36,300

2005-2006 PI, Institute of Advanced Studies University of London Research Grant, The Political Geographies of Europeanization. £1,855

2006, British Academy Overseas Conference Grant, Annual conference Association of American Geographers, Chicago, 7-11 March. £400

1999-2003 Co-PI, Innovation, Diversification and European Agricultural Situations(IDEAS), financed under the EU’s Sixth Framework Research Programme. FAIR6-CT98-4228. £680,000. Involved twenty scientists in four EU member states (France, Spain, Sweden and the UK). 

 1995-1996 PI Overseas Development Administration Professional Placement Award, Lumle Agricultural Research Station, Pokhara, Nepal £38,000

Other activities

Julian is involved in a wide range of professional services, public outreach and other interdisciplinary activities, including: 

2012 – 2016:  External examiner, Birkbeck University of London, School of Geography, Environment and Development. MSc Environmental Management; BSc Geography

2010 – 2011: Specialist advisor to the House of Lords Select Committee on the European Union. Advising on scrutiny of EU legislation in environmental, regional development and agricultural policy; providing guidance to members on inquiry into Innovation in European rural areas.

2009 – 2012: External examiner, University of London SOAS BSc Environmental Management; MSc Environment and Biodiversity; MSc Environmental Management

2007 – 2009: Adviser, Rural livelihoods programme, New Economics Foundation

2004 – present: Associate Research Fellow, Institute for European Environmental Policy, London.

2006 – present: Honorary Research Fellow, Centre for European Protected Areas Research, Birkbeck, University of London

2009 – present:  Invited member, European Science Foundation referee panel, EUROCORES and Exploratory Workshop proposals.

2004 – present:  Fellow of the Institute of British Geographers. 

2004 – present: Member, Higher Education Academy.

2009 – present: Editorial board, Environmental Geography, Geography Compass

He has refereed for internationally peer-reviewed journals including Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers; Political Geography; Area; Environment and Planning A; Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy; Geoforum; Geografiska Annaler; Journal of Environmental Planning and Management; Land Use PolicyJournal of Rural Studies; International Journal of Agricultural Resources, Governance and Ecology; International Journal of Water Management.

ESRC and NERC proposal reviewer


Peer reviewed articles

Clark JRA, Jones N (forthcoming 2014) Social capital and the public acceptability of climate change adaptation policies: a case study in Romney Marsh, UK Climatic Change

Jones N, Panoriou E, Clark JRA, Thiveou K, Roumeliotis S, Allan S, Evangelinos K (2013) Social capital and citizens' perceptions of proposed coastal management zone policies in Greece Regional Environmental Change

Jones N., Clark JRA (2013) Examining social capital effects on public policies in rapidly eroding coastal regions of Europe Ocean and Coastal Management 80 12-19

Mahapatra I, Clark JRA, Lead JL, Dobson P, Owen R (2013) Potential environmental and governance implications of nano-enabled medical applications Environ. Sci.: Processes Impacts, 15, 123-144

Clark JRA., Jones A (2013) ‘The great implications of spatialization’: grounds for engagement between political geography and political science? Geoforum http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.geoforum.2012.11.020

Clark JRA, Semmahasak C (2013) Evaluating adaptive governance approaches to sustainable water management in north-west Thailand Environmental Management doi 10.1007/s00267-012-9993-4

Jones A, Clark JRA. (2013) A modern day Icelandic saga: political places and negotiating spaces at EUrope’s northern frontier European Urban and Regional Studies 20 1 77-90

Lawal A, Bouzarovski S, Clark JRA (2013) Public participation in EIA: the case of West African gas pipeline and tank farm projects in Nigeria Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal 31 3

Jones N, Panoriou E, Thiveou K, Roumeliotis S, Allan S, Clark JRA, Evangelinos K (2012) Investigating benefits from the implementation of Environmental Management Systems in a Greek university Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy 14 4 669-676

Jones A, Clark JRA. (2012) Practicing geographical uniqueness: the geopolitics of prenegotiation and Icelandic accession to the European Union. Annals of the Association of American Geographers doi:10.1080/00045608.2012.706570

Clark JRA, Jones A (2012) After ‘the Collapse’: strategic selectivity, state elites and managing ‘EUrope’ in Iceland. Political Geography 31 64-72

Jones N, Clark JRA, Panteli M, Proikaki M, Dimitrakopoulos P. (2012)  Local social capital effects on Protected Area management in Northern Greece: an empirical study of two Ramsar wetlands. Journal of Environmental Management 96 55-63

Jones N, Clark JRA, Tripidaki G. (2012) Social risk assessment and social capital: a significant parameter for the formation of climate change policies. Social Science Journal doi:10.1016/j.soscij.2011.06.011

Clark JRA, Jones A. (2011) The spatialising politics of EUropean political practice: transacting ‘eastness’ in the  European Union. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 29 291 – 308 

Clark JRA, Jones A (2011) Telling stories about politics: Europeanization and the EU’s Council of Ministers Journal of Common Market Studies 2 341-366

Jones A, Clark JRA (2011) Geopolitical behaviours, visions and self-images of ‘EU’rope Geopolitics 16 246-252

Clark JRA, Clarke R (2011) Local sustainability initiatives in English National Parks: what role for adaptive governance? Land Use Policy 28 314-324

Jones A, Clark JRA, Cameron A (2010) The global economic crisis and the cohesion of Europe Eurasian and East European Geography and Economics 51 1 35-51

Clark JRA (2010) Geographies of multifunctionality: developing governance explanations Geography Compass 47 803-818

Clark JRA (2010) Making space for water? Jayanta Bandyopadhyay’s ‘Water, Ecosystems and Society’ Resources, Energy and Development 6 2

Clark JRA, Jones A (2009) Europeanization and its discontents Space and Polity 13 3 193-212

Clark JRA (2009) Entrepreneurship in European agriculture: identifying business enterprise characteristics and change processes Entrepreneurship and Regional Development 21 2, 213-235

Clark JRA, Jones A. (2008) The spatialities of Europeanization: territory, power and governance in Europe Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers NS 33, 300-318

Jones A, Clark JRA (2008) Europeanization and discourse building: the European Commission, European narratives and the European neighbourhood policy Geopolitics 13 3 1-27

Clark JRA, Jones A (2007) 'Diversification, Networks and English Rural Futures'. Invited chapter in Contemporary Rural Geographies: Land, Property and Resources in Britain. Essays in Honour of Richard Munton. Routledge-Cavendish Press. London, 168-188

Clark, JRA (2006) The institutional limits to multifunctional agriculture: sub-national governance and Regional Systems of Innovation. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy 24, 331-349

Clark, JRA (2005) Examining the 'New Associationalism' in agriculture: agro-food diversification and multifunctional production logics. Journal of Economic Geography 5(4), 475-498

Jones A, Clark JRA (2003) From filière to territoire: a rural policy for the Languedoc.Modern and Contemporary France 11, 335-347

Jones A, Clark JRA (2002) D'accord or discord? New institutionalism, concordance, and the EU Agriculture Council' Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy 20, 113-129

Clark JRA, Jones A (2001) Territorial policies, transformative politics? Agri-environmentalism in central Spain. Environment and Planning A 33, 2049-2069

Jones A, Clark JRA (2000) Of vines and policy vignettes: sectoral evolution and institutional thickness in the Languedoc. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers NS 25, 333-357


Jones A, Clark J (2010) The Spatialities of Europeanization: Power, Governance and Territory in EUrope. Routledge-Cavendish

Jones A, Clark J (2001) The Modalities of European Union Governance: New Institutionalist Explanations of EU Agri-Environment Policy. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 206pp. "Jones and Clark develop a fresh perspective on governance. In so doing, they draw upon in-depth research carried out over a number of years and this solid empirical grounding constitutes one of the book's strengths... . The book will be of considerable interest to social scientists studying the European Union and deserves to be widely read". Professor Ray Hudson, Department of Geography, University of Durham

Baldock D., Beaufoy G, Bennett G, Clark J. (1993) Nature Conservation and New Directions in the EC Common Agricultural Policy: the Potential Role of EC policies in maintaining Farming and Management Systems of High Nature Value in the Community. Institute for European Environmental Policy: London (United Kingdom). 224pp. Cited over 110 times as an exemplar of the opportunities and challenges confronting European policymakers in managing biodiversity and food scarcity in the 21st century.

Beaufoy G, Baldock D, Clark J. (1994) The Nature of Farming: Low Intensity Farming Systems in Nine European Countries. London: IEEP. 65pp. Cited over 170 times since publication, it has been instrumental in building interdisciplinary debates between agro-ecology, biodiversity and rural geography on the nature conservation value of extensive low-input farming systems. The HNV concept is currently the focus of policy-relevant work by the OECD.