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In 1998, the London School of Economics established LSE London as a centre of research excellence on the economic and social issues of the London region, as well as the problems and possibilities of other urban and metropolitan regions.

Today the centre has a strong international reputation particularly in the fields of labour markets, social and demographic change, housing, finance and governance, and is the leading academic centre for analyses of city-wide developments in London.


HEIF 2015 Logo, AcceleratingFor the latest news on our HEIF5 project 'Accelerating housing production in London', please visit our project webpage.

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5 May 2016: Would a rent cap work for tenants facing £1,000-a-month rises? Kath Scanlon weighs in on The Guardian

With various solutions being proposed to help relieve London's housing crisis, rent control may be one of these ways. In Harriett Meyer's article for The Guardian, Kath Scanlon reports on the difficulties that may come up in implementing such a system in the UK.

Click here to read the article. 

 
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4 May 2016Next London Mayor should work with Wider South East to rethink the green belt, says Ian Gordon in Centre for Cities blog

Ian Gordon says that whoever becomes the next mayor must recognise the need to work with London’s neighbours to tackle the region’s housing shortages.What role can the green belt play in addressing London’s housing crisis? The original blog entry appeared in Centre for Cities.

Click here to read the blog entry. 

 
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3 May 2016: Will the new London Mayor have the powers necessary to tackle the housing crisis?

Christine Whitehead claims that some of the election promises made by Khan and Goldsmith in the London mayoral race may make building homes more difficult. Once the mayor has been elected many of the electoral promises will need to be turned into implementable policies. Whitehead comments on what may be workable within the new mayor's first term.

Click here to read the blog entry. 

 
Milestones

22 April 2016: Book Launch: Milestones in European Housing Finance, edited by Jens Lunde and Christine Whitehead

On Friday 1 April 2016 we held a seminar to celebrate the publication of Milestones in European Housing Finance, edited by Jens Lunde and Christine Whitehead at the LSE. The seminar was sponsored by the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML). Twelve of the authors and a similar number of experts and practitioners in the field of housing finance attended.

Click here for the full book launch report. 

 
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14 April 2016: Providing cheap housing in expensive cities: 
 is social housing the answer? Kath Scanlon at the ETH Forum Wohnungsbau 2016

How can we provide good affordable housing in expensive cities -- and who should live in these homes? Using European examples Kath Scanlon explores various ways of financing and allocating social housing, and ask how <<social>> is understood in different countries at the ETH Wohnforum 2016

The ETH Forum Wohnungsbau 2016 speakers and PowerPoint presentations can be found here. Kath's presentation can be downloaded directly here

 
social tenants

23 March 2016The effect of forthcoming housing policy changes on social-tenant employment and the London economy, Final report for LB Camden

London is facing an unprecedented housing crisis. Camden council is concerned about the implications of the Housing and Planning Bill that is likely to make it worse. This housing bill, concludes this report, could drastically reduce genuinely affordable homes and the ability to build more, drive up rents, and damage London’s economy. Kath Scanlon, Christine Whitehead, Ann Edge, and Paroj Banerjee contributed to the report for Camden Council.

Click here to download the report.

 
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15 March 2016: Innovative construction methods

As part of our project on Accelerating Housing Production in London, on 24 February LSE London hosted a round table to discuss the potential for ‘modern methods of construction’ in addressing the London housing crisis. The panel included architects, engineers and surveyors as well as civil servants and local government representatives. 

Click here to read the entire blog. 

 
IPPR

9 March 2016Final report of the London Housing Commission

Christine Whitehead  was one of the Commissioners on the London Housing Commission which produced a final report titled, Building a new deal for London. The London Housing Commission is part of the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR).

Click here to read and download the press release.

 
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4 March 2016Housing zones as new housing acceleration tools 

On 10 February 2016, LSE London held their second roundtable of the project, ‘Accelerating Housing Production in London’. A small group of experts from the public, private and academic sectors gathered to discuss the role that Housing Zones might play in accelerating housing production.

Click here to read the blog.

 
Mayoral Hustings

19 February 2016: Mayoral hustings debate summary: ‘Why I should be Mayor of London Tomorrow’

On Thursday 28 January, 2016, LSE London and London Chamber of Commerce & Industry co-hosted the first mayoral hustings titled ‘Why I should be Mayor of London Tomorrow’, a public debate amongst the candidates from main political parties. The event was arranged by London Tomorrow, a thought leadership initiative to lay out thoughts seeking to inform and influence local politicians on issues concerning London.

Click here to read the entire blog.

 
Centre for Social Justice

19 February 2016: New Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) report, 'Home Improvements', Christine Whitehead was on the advisory group

The report identifies important housing-related issues that, if unaddressed, can lead to poor life chances for individuals. These include instability, poor housing conditions, barriers to moving, and dysfunctional neighbourhoods. The CSJ set out a concrete plan of action to tackle these problems across the social and private rented sectors.The recommendations can be found in the report.

The report can be downloaded here. You can also read the report here.

 
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12 February 2016: Roundtable on Planning and the Role of SME Builders

On 20 January 2016 LSE London held the first roundtable of our new project, ‘Accelerating Housing Production in London’. A small group of experts from the private sector and academia gathered to discuss the challenges facing small and medium-sized developers (SMEs) in the London residential market. The discussion was framed around questions discussed in our blog entry. 

To read our blog, click here.

 
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11 February 2016: Kath Scanlon examines whether the German PRS would work in the UK for View, an independent social affairs magazine

Kath Scanlon briefly discusses some of the possible implications of importing a German PRS model to the UK. After outlining positive and negative aspects, she concludes that it is not enough to know how other models work in other countries. The difficult part, it seems, is predicting how such models differ in this geographic context.

Click here to read the article in View. Click here to download the magazine.

 
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18 January 2016: HEIF5 Accelerating Housing Production in London  Roundtable 1: Setting the Priorities

On 23 November 2015 LSE London launched its new HEIF5 knowledge-exchange project, entitled Accelerating Housing Production in London. A small group of experts from the private sector, the public sector and academia gathered to discuss priorities—what are the key barriers to accelerating residential development in the capital? We started with some concerns identified by our earlier project: uncertainties in planning; the role of small and medium sized builders; housing zones; mayoral powers and financing issues.

Click here to read the blog.

 
GLA Intel

15 December 2015GLA Intelligence seminar: House prices in London

Our research fellow, Kath Scanlon, was on the panel at the GLA Intelligence Seminar on house prices, held Tuesday, 15 December 2015. Kath said that the low supply responsiveness of the London housing market was due not only to planning but also to the dominance of the market by major house builders, whose business model relies on relatively slow rates of construction even on large sites. Also that the steady increase in rates of Stamp Duty Land Tax means that this tax is now a major deterrent to transactions, especially in London where house prices are so high--this seems a counter-intuitive measure if transactions like downsizing that result in more efficient use of the housing stock are to be encouraged.

Click here to see the full speakers list.  

 
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30 November 2015: Christine Whitehead gave the keynote address at the Private Renters’ Rights: Safe and stable homes in Kensington and Chelsea

Professor Christine Whitehead gave the keynote address titled, 'The future of the private rented sector' at the report launch of Private Renters’ Rights: Safe and stable homes in Kensington and Chelsea report. Melissa Fernàndez and Christine Whitehead worked in the advisory group.

The presentation can be found here and the report can be downloaded here.

 
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6 November 2015: England needs to build 1.5 million homes in next five years, says Christine Whitehead co-authored report

Research for the Town and Country Planning Association co-authored by Christine Whitehead has found that young people across the country are struggling to live independently because of the cost of housing. To catch up with housing demand by 2020, the number of homes suggested by the projections, 310,000 extra homes a year are needed over the next 5 years.

The report has been covered by the Financial Times, you can read the article here

 
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12 October 2015Housing in London - Final Roundtable and Report Launch

On October 12th we hosted our final event of our year-long project, Housing in London: Addressing the Supply Crisis. We provided an opportunity for different stakeholders ranging from academics, local politicians, developers, planners, and other representatives from the private and public sectors to discuss the recommendations from our final report. Other points of conversation were ways in which we could the debate forward, particularly in light of government announcements and the upcoming Mayoral election.

You can read the report here.

The executive summary is available here.

 

Providing cheap housing in expensive cities: 
is social housing the answer? Kath Scanlon at the ETH Forum Wohnungsbau 2016
14 April 2016

The effect of forthcoming housing policy changes on social-tenant employment and the London economy is dicussed in our final report for LB Camden
23 March 2016

Christine Whitehead   was one of the Commissioners on the  London Housing Commission, part of the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR)which produced a final report titled,  Building a new deal for London.
9 March 2016

LSE London held their third roundtable of the HEIF 5 project  ‘Accelerating Housing Production in London' on Innovative construction methods
24 February 2016

Christine Whitehead was on the advisory group of the report, 'Home Improvements', published by the New Centre for Social Justice (CSJ).
19 February 2016

LSE London held their second roundtable of the HEIF 5 project, ‘Accelerating Housing Production in London' on Housing zones as new housing acceleration tools 
10 February 2016

On 20 January 2016, LSE London held the first roundtable of our new project, ‘Accelerating Housing Production in London' on Planning and the Role of SME Builders. Click here to read our blog.
12 February 2016

Kath Scanlon examines whether ther German PRS would work in the UK for View, an independent social affairs magazine.
11 February 2016

LSE London cohosted the Mayoral hustings debate titled ‘Why I should be Mayor of London Tomorrow’ alongside London Chamber of Commerce. You can read our summary here. You can also watch / listen to the podcast here.
28 January 2016

On 23 November 2015, LSE London hosted our first roudtable on the topic of Setting the Priorities as part of our HEIF5 Accelerating Housing Production in London year long project. Click here to read our blog entry.
18 January 2016

Our research fellow, Kath Scanlon, was on the panel at the GLA Intelligence Seminar on house prices, held Tuesday and presented on House prices in London
15 December 2015

On Tuesday, Dec 1st, 2015 Kath Scanlon presented evidence to the Housing Select Committee of the London Borough of Lewisham about private renting in London and Germany. The presentation can be downloaded here.
4 December 2015

Christine Whitehead gave the keynote address at the Private Renters’ Rights: Safe and stable homes in Kensington and Chelsea
30 November 2015

LSE London held its first roundtable of the HEIF5 Accelerating Housing Production in London project. Here is our first blog titled: Roundtable 1: Setting the Priorities
23 November 2015

Christine Whitehead discusses Barriers to Accelerating Delivery at the New Ideas for Housing: Tools for accelerating delivery, New Architecture London event.
11 November 2015

Melissa Fernández and Sunil Kumar present their DFID funded research on the urban-construction-migration nexus | 5 cities | South Asia
30 October 2015

For details of all past LSE London events please see the Events page.

On 24 February 2016, LSE London held their third roundtable of the HEIF 5 project ‘Accelerating Housing Production in London' on Innovative construction methods
(15 March 2016)

On 10 February 2016, LSE London held their second roundtable of the project, ‘Accelerating Housing Production in London' on Housing zones as new housing acceleration tools.
(4 March 2016)

On 20 January 2016 LSE London held the first roundtable of our new project, ‘Accelerating Housing Production in London' on Planning and the Role of SME Builders. Click here to read our blog.
(12 February 2016)

LSE London cohosted the Mayoral hustings debate titled ‘Why I should be Mayor of London Tomorrow’ alongside London Chamber of Commerce. You can read our summary here. You can also watch / listen to the podcast here.
(28 January 2016)

On November 23 2015, LSE London hosted our first roudtable on the topic of Setting the Priorities as part of our HEIF5 Accelerating Housing Production in London year long project. Click here to read our blog entry.
(18 January 2016)

Urbanisation-construction-migration nexus | 5 cities | South Asia. Melissa Fernández Arrigoitia and Sunil Kumar
(October 2015)

Co-designing senior co-housing
Melissa Fernández Arrigoitia and Kathllen Scanlon
(Autumn 2015)

Islington Park Street Community: a model for alternative housing in London
Melissa Fernández Arrigoitia
(21 September 2015)

Home advantage: Housing the young employed in London
Kath Scanlon, Melissa Fernandez, Emma Sagor, and Christine Whitehead
(16 September 2015)

The increasing complexities of the welfare cap 
Christine Whitehead & Emma Sagor
(3 August 2015)

 

To access all LSE London research please see the Research page.

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