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LSE London


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.


22 July 2016: Urban villages: Some observations from LSE London, by Kath Scanlon

In this blog, Kath Scanlon provides a personal perspective about living in an urban village. This serves as an introduction to our project alongside Berkeley Homes on exploring the concept of urban villages.

Click here to read the blog.


22 July 2016HEIF 5 Film: Creating communities in London's new villages

LSE London and Berkeley Homes have been working in collaboration to produce a report on creating new communities in London. This film looks at the report's main findings.

Click here to view the film.


22 July 2016New London Villages: Creating Communities

LSE London and Berkeley Homes have been working in collaboration to produce a report on creating new communities in London. This report looks at the report's main findings, identifies six characteristics of a new London village, and makes recommendations for developers and local authorities.

Click here to access the report.


21 July 2016: Alternative housing development in London: Practices and possibilities


On Friday, 15 July 2016 LSE London hosted a one-day seminar about scaling up alternative housing development in London. This event included a site visit to PLACE / Ladywell and Rural Urban Synthesis Society.

Click here to view a summary of events.

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21 July 2016: Film: PLACE making: A modular approach to London’s housing shortage

This film explores PLACE / Ladywell as an example of an alternative construction method that solves the immediate needs of homeless families in Lewisham, London. The film discusses the possibilities of scaling up this housing model.

Click here to view the film.

Short Film Fest

14 July 2016Visualising London's Housing Crisis: Problems and Solutions

On 12 July 2016 we hosted a short film festival exploring short visual representations of the housing crisis--the problems and solutions. This post provides a summary along with links to each to the directors and their films. 

Click here to view a summary of events.


6-8 July 2016Christine Whitehead was one of the Keynote Speakers at the 2016 AREUEA conference

Prof Christine Whitehead gave one of the keynote speeches at The American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association (AREUEA) 2016 annual international conference held in Alicante, Spain. Christine's presentation, titled 'Is Social and Affordable Housing in Jeopardy?' dealt with the questions of why social and affordable housing matter.

Click here to download the PPT presentation. 


5 July 2016Prof Christine Whitehead provides an economic overview at The Residential Funding Conference

Prof Christine Whitehead spoke at The Residential Funding Conference on Tuesday, 5 July 2016. She provided an economic overview contextualising the political and economic climate after the Referendum.

Click here to download the PPT presentation.


1 July 2016A sense of belonging: the case for more communal living in the UK, Melissa Fernández for The Guardian

Melissa Fernández writes for The Guardian about cohousing after and puts forth recommendations on how cohousing can be adopted more widely in the UK.

Click here to read the piece.

Social Housing

28 June 2016The Kipling Estate: Genuinely affordable housing in central London [Video]

In this video we explore a creative approach on how to accelerate housing developments in London and how to find places to put this housing. Bermondsey provides a good example of this creativity with Kipling garages.

Click here to video the video. 


27 June 2016: Final Conference: Opportunities to Accelerate Housing Production in London

On 23 June 2016, we hosted the final conference of our HEIF 5 project on accelerating housing production in London. Over the last 18 months LSE London has been discussing how to accelerate the supply of new housing in London with experts from government, industry and academia. We presented our findings in a preliminary report.

Click here to view the event's agenda. Click here to view the short presentation. Click here to view the preliminary report of our findings.

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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. 


22 June 2016: Parliamentary Launch - Cohousing: Shared Futures

LSE London and its ESRC Seminar Series partners launched their final report ‘Cohousing: Shared Futures’ in Parliament on the 22 June. The launch was held in the Boothroyd Room of Portcullis House (PCH) and was hosted by Richard Bacon MP.

Click here a summary of the event, the presentations, the report, and a video from Helen Jarvis. 

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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.


Conference: Prof Christine Whitehead was one of the Keynote Speakers at the 2016 AREUEA conference
6-8 July 2016

Conference: Prof Christine Whitehead provides an economic overview at The Residential Funding Conference
5 July 2016

Report Launch: ESRC Collaborative Housing and Community Resilience, Parliamentary Launch - Cohousing: Shared Futures
22 June 2016

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

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

Blog (The Guardian): A sense of belonging: the case for more communal living in the UK, Melissa Fernández
30 June 2016

HEIF 5 Blog: Housing strategies for the new mayor, seminar
(18 Wednesday 2016)

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


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