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Dr Karenjit Clare MPhil

Dr Karenjit Clare MPhil

Director of Studies and Bye-Fellow, Gonville & Caius College

Economic, Labour and Urban Geography 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, ‘global’ cities, and economic and urban restructuring.



  • 2017-present: 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, 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 (2020) 'Precarious' worlds of work in the creative economy: Geographies of (over)work and (un)certainty amongst permanent employees. Submitted.
  • Clare, K (2020) 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.


I currently lecture on the 1st year Geography course on Economic Globalisation and its Crises and a 3rd year course on Geographies of Work and Employment. I give small group supervisions in all three years of the Geography course, as well as supervise individual 3rd year dissertations.

External activities

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.