Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professor William Clark

6 Professor William ClarkOctober - 2 November 2014

William A.V. Clark has BA and MA degrees from the University of New Zealand and a PhD from the University of Illinois. He is Professor in the Department of Geography, with a joint appointment in Statistics, at UCLA and a faculty associate of the California Center for Population Research. He has published extensively on demographic change and models of residential mobility and the sorting processes that bring about residential segregation in the urban mosaic. He has lectured and taught in Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Canada and published ten books including Households and Housing: Choices and Outcomes in the Housing Market (Rutgers, 1996), The California Cauldron: Immigration and the Fortunes of Local Communities (1998), Immigrants and the American Dream: Remaking the Middle Class (2003) and most recently, with co-editors The Sage Handbook of Housing (2012).  He was a fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences in 1993 and held a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1994-95. He received an honorary doctorate from the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands, in 1992 and a DSc from the University of Auckland in 1994. In 1997 he was elected an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand. He is an elected member of American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2003), and the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (2005) and was a Senior Fulbright Scholar at Victoria University Wellington, New Zealand in 2008. He was recently on the oversight board of the PSID (Panel Study of Income Dynamics), the Executive committee of the Transportation Research Board and in 2011 he held a United Kingdom Economic and Social Research Council Professorship at St Andrews (Scotland). In his current research he is using the Panel Study of Income Dynamics and the Los Angeles Family and Neighborhood Survey (LAFANS), to examine mobility across neighborhoods and the role of family dynamics in creating residential change.

Professor Clark will be presenting Why do we live where we do? Selection Sorting and Spatial Mobility at 4pm on Tuesday 28 October in the Peel Lecture Theatre, School of Geographical Sciences.

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