skip to primary navigation skip to content

Department of Geography


Dr Karenjit Clare BA MA PhD

Researcher, College Lectorship at Trinity College, Cambridge

Karenjit’s research lies at the intersection of economic, labour and urban geographies. Her research interests are in labour markets, class and gender divisions, labour relations, entrepreneurship, creative industries, ‘global’ cities, and economic and urban restructuring.



  • 2021-present: College Lectorship, Trinity College, University of Cambridge
  • 2020-2022: Director of Studies, King’s College, University of Cambridge
  • 2017-2022: Director of Studies, Bye-fellow and Tutor, Gonville & Caius College, University of Cambridge.
  • 2016-2017: Research Associate, Management School, University of Sheffield (Innovate UK).
  • 2014-2016: Lecturer, Loughborough University.
  • 2011-2013: Junior Research Fellow, University of Oxford


  • Ph.D, University of Cambridge


  • John Fell Fund, University of Oxford.
  • Templeton Education Fund, University of Oxford.
  • Economic and Social Research Council PhD research grant, University of Cambridge.


Karenjit’s research interests are broadly concerned with how labour markets are shaped and structured, processes of labour market change, creative industries, geographies of work and employment and class and gender divisions.

She has developed three inter-related areas of research focus:

1) Creative industries and professional service firms

Karenjit investigated the career paths of ‘creative’ professionals in London. She brought together developments in economic/ urban geography, sociology and organisational behaviour in order to understand how micro-level processes of interpersonal evaluation and interaction contribute to macro-level labour market inequalities.

2) Olympic legacy: precarious work and youth inequality

Research evaluates the lasting legacy of the Olympics for young people and how they face unpreceded social and economic disadvantages during a time of intense economic urban change.

3) Citizen entrepreneurship

The Citizen Entrepreneurship research and development project aims to engage citizens with the process and practice of entrepreneurship for economic and social development and innovation in the UK. The idea is to engage citizens with local entrepreneurs, business, government agencies, universities and community organisations to address, and find innovative solutions for specific critical, intersectional and meta-level issues of relevance to a particular urban environment, and the wellbeing of citizens.



  • Clare, K. (forthcoming, 2023) Linda McDowell: Complex Geographies that Matter in Contemporary Economic Geographies: Inspiring, Critical and Plural Perspectives ed. Johns, J., and Hall, S.M. Bristol University Press.


  • Bobowski, S., Clare, K., and Dobrzanski, P (2023) Left Behind Places in Central and Eastern Europe (under review)
  • Clare, K (2023) ‘Precarious’ worlds of work in the creative economy: Geographies of (over)work and (un)certainty amongst permanent employees (under review)
  • Clare, K (2023) Labour Market Matchmaking: The Role of Personal Networks and Headhunters in Reproducing Gender Divisions. Submitted.
  • Clare, K and Siemiatycki, E (2014) Primacy or Pluralism: Future Directions in Economic Geography. Professional Geographer 66 (1).
  • Clare, K (2013) The Essential Role of Place within the Creative Industries: Boundaries, Networks and Play. Cities 34 52-57.
  • Clare, K (2008) ‘Corporations, Catastrophes and Confusion’ in Nally, D (ed) ‘Considering the Political Utility of Disasters’. The Geographical Journal 174 (3) 284- 287.

Working papers

  • Clare, K. and Vorley, T. The Tale of Two Tech Cities.
  • Clare, K. and Gray, M. Through Young Eyes: Boundaries, Exclusion and Marginalisation.


  • 1A Human Geography: People, Place and the Politics of Difference (Economic Globalisation and its Crises)
  • Part II Geographies of Work and Employment
  • I have taught in Geography, Management and Politics across undergraduate and graduate papers

I give small group supervisions in all three years of the Geography course, as well as supervise individual 3rd year dissertations.

External activities

Royal Society of Arts (RSA) Fellow

I am a member of the Economic Geography Research Group of the Royal Geographical Society. I was the secretary of the Group from 2014-2017.