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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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18 Wednesday 2016: Devolution London: Building relations with central and local government

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.

 
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18 May 2016: A case for greater planning certainty

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. 

 
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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.

 
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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. 

 
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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 Whitead opines in Centre for Cities blog 

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. 

 
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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

 
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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. 

 
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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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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.

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)

 

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

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