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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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22 June 2016: Accelerating Housing Production in London: Making national housing policy work in the capital

We hosted a small round table on 8 June to discuss the relationship between national policies and London’s problems, and to explore ways forward. This was part of our 'Accelerating Housing Production in London' HEIF project.

Click here to read the entire blog. 

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22 June 2016Collaborative Cohousing and Community Resilience: Mainstreaming cohousing in urban development, barriers to knowledge transfer

On 21 June 2016, LSE London hosted the sixth seminar of the ESRC funded project, Collaborative Housing and Community Resilience, a knowledge exchange seminar series. The seminar was livestreamed and recorded; the event’s programme can be accessed here and the YouTube recording can be accessed here. Our final report can also downloaded here.

Click here to view a full report of this event.

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16 June 2016: Collaborative Housing and Community Resilience seminar, live, on June 21 2016 from 10am – 5pm

On June 21st 2016, we will be hosting our final ESRC Seminar on Collaborative Housing and Community Resilience. Please find the day’s programme here. We will be livestreaming the event here.


2 June 2016LSE London Short Film Festival: Visualising London’s Housing Crisis: Problems and Solutions, Call-for-Entries

LSE London announces a Call for Entries, accepting submissions for its Short Film Festival which will be held on July 13th 6-8 pm at LSE. Submissions will be accepted until June 19th.

Films should address any aspect of London’s contemporary housing situation and under ten minutes in length, but we are open to other short entries; live-action, animated, narrative and documentary formats are eligible. Submissions should be sent with a synopsis, URL or stills, and contact information to the addresses below.

Please contact and for more details.

Click here to read the full call-for-entries.


1 June 2016: Building relationships with central and local government, blog from our roundtable event

On 16 May LSE London hosted a roundtable on ‘building relationships between the Mayor and GLA and central and local government’. Attendees included participants from local authorities, the GLA, think tanks and central government and the discussion centred on the relative powers of the Mayor, the boroughs and central government and how these might be harnessed to help achieve the new Mayor’s housing objectives.

Click here to read the entire blog. 


18 May 2016: Housing strategies for the new mayor, seminar blog

Just five days after Sadiq Khan’s election, 40 of London’s leading authorities on housing, planning and development came to an LSE London seminar to discuss what the new mayor might do to address the capital’s top priority: housing. The seminar was framed by two presentations. Kath Scanlon outlined Khan’s manifesto promises relating to housing development which can be summarised as more homes; more investment both public and private; more homes for Londoners; and more affordable homes. Tony Travers then tracked the evolution of the Mayor’s powers from a prohibition on housing expenditure at the inception of the GLA in 2000 to the transfer of HCA powers during the Coalition government, and asked whether further devolution would help meet the challenges of providing housing for a growing world city.

Click  here to download Tony Travers's introduction presentation. Click  here to download Kath Scanlon's presentation. Click here to read our blog that comes out of our discussion.


18 May 2016: A case for greater planning certainty, seminar blog

As part of our project on Accelerating Housing Production in London, on 9 March LSE London hosted a roundtable to discuss the uncertainty inherent in our negotiation-based system and to ask what a more certain system might look like, and whether it would lead to more homes being built in London. The participants included developers, consultants and surveyors as well as civil servants and local government representatives.

Click here to read our blog that comes out of our discussion.


12 May 2016: Kath Scanlon presented at the 'Wohnen für alle?! Wissenschaftliche Perspektiven auf Architektur, Planung und Politik' (Housing for all?! Scientific perspectives on architecture, planning and politics) conference

Kath Scanlon presented research about the different social housing models in Europe at the 'Wohnen für alle?! Wissenschaftliche Perspektiven auf Architektur, Planung und Politik' (Housing for All?! Scientific Perspectives on Architecture, Planning and Politics) conference at Bauhaus-Universität Weimar. 

Click here to access the program. 


11 May 2016: Taking stock: Understanding the effects of recent policy measures on the private rented sector and Buy-to-Let, report launch

Kath Scanlon, Christine Whitehead, and Peter Williams publish report clarifying the role of the private rented sector (PRS) in the UK and the contribution made to it by the Buy-to-Let subsector. It explores recent changes in government policy and how they might affect the PRS, and makes suggestions about the role the sector might be expected to play in the future.

Click here to access the full length report.


10 May 2016: The Future of Urban Housing, Melissa Fernández speaks to Design & Build Review 

Melissa Fernández speaks to Design & Build Review about the London housing crisis and its effects on London's younger generations. The article goes on to discuss 'co-living' which is an alternative method of coping and resisting the exclusionary PRS sector.

Click here to read the article. Click here to read the entire issue.

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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. 


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.


Kath Scanlon presented at the 'Wohnen für alle?! Wissenschaftliche Perspektiven auf Architektur, Planung und Politik'  conference at Bauhaus-Universität Weimar. 
12 May 2016

Melissa Fernaández speaks to Design & Build Review about London's housing crisis in an article titled The Future of Urban Housing
10 May 2016

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

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


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