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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.
For the latest news on our HEIF5 project 'Accelerating housing production in London', please visit our project webpage
20 February 2017: On devolution and why it’s what London needs
At the behest of the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, the London Finance Commission reconvened once more to produce an evidence based report on the possibilities of devolution with specific focus on tax and spending arrangements in the capital. The result is the report titled: Devolution: a capital idea. LSE London's director, Tony Travers, served on the chair of the Commission.
Click here to access the report.
25 January 2017: Making the most of Build to Rent: a report
In this report, Future of London and LSE London set forth definitions, motivations, contemporary context, challenges, reasons for the public sector to promote the model, and recommendations for the various stake holders.
18 December 2016: Profiling UK private landlords, report for Council of Mortgage Lenders
Kath Scanlon and Christine Whitehead have conducted the largest ever survey of UK landlords in a report commissioned by the Council of Mortgage Lenders. In their report, they find significant findings on landlords’ profile, motivations, and plans.
Click here to access our blog on this report.
Click here to access the full report.
Click here to read the story in the Financial Times.
9 December 2016: The Mayor of London has asked LSE London to investigate the impact of foreign investment on London’s housing market
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has asked LSE London to conduct one of the most thorough investigations into the impact of foreign investment in London. The key questions the Mayor wants us to answer include: how many new homes are sold buyers based overseas, how many of these homes are kept empty, and how dependent are developers on foreign buyers.
Click here to view our various outputs on this theme.
9 December 2016: Towards a sustainable private rented sector: What can we learn from other countries?
Kath Scanlon presented at the Sunday Business Post Residential Property Summit,which took place in Radisson BLU Royal on Golden Lane, Dublin on Tuesday, December 6th. In this presentation Kath reflects on what Ireland may stand to learn from international contexts.
Click here to view a fuller description and to access the PPT presentation.
6 December 2016: Rising to the Challenge: London’s Housing Crisis
On Thursday, 1 December 2016, LSE London launched the final report and recommendations on how to accelerate the supply of new housing in London. This was a culmination of discussions with specialists from central government, the GLA, and London boroughs together with a small number of other key actors from industry and academia. This event followed up on our interim report we published in June 2016, taking full account of changing political and economic circumstances.
Click here to view a list of the speakers, presentations, final report, and films produced for this project.
21 November 2016: Social mobility in Great Britain: evidence on obstacles young people face
The Social Mobility Commission published their annual report on the problem of social mobility in Britain. This year they placed strong emphasis on new evidence that suggests that for young people obstacles for social mobility are getting worse not better. Kath Scanlon, contributed to the chapter on housing.
17 November 2016: GLA publishes LSE London research on housing density
The Mayor of London commissioned LSE London research on housing density. This research data is meant to aid in the development of policies and preparation of the London Plan. Links to all of the reports can be found here.
Click here to executive summaries of the reports.
1 November 2016: Growing demand for renting across Europe: report on the private rented sector in Europe
New research published today suggests that it is economic pressures rather than government policies which have been most important in changing the role of private renting across Europe.
6 October 2016: Market VS Planning: is Deregulation the answer?
The deregulation of planning controls is often presented as a panacea that will help increase housing supply and give individuals more freedom to extract value from their property/ies. From the streamlining of planning regulation to the government’s red tape challenge, the answer to the provision of better outcomes for society appears to be – let the market decide. But is it always best or desirable to allow the market to arbitrate collective values? Is planning deregulation necessarily the answer? In this series of outputs, Nancy Holman and Alessandra Mossa discuss these questions with various experts.
Click here to read the final report.
Click here to view the short film.
Click here to view the animation short.
Click here to listen to the podcast.
16 September 2016: Christine Whitehead speaks at the Sir Frederic J. Osborn Memorial Lecture, 2016
On 15 September 2016, the Town & Country Planning Association (TCPA) hosted the Sir Frederic J. Osborn Memorial Lecture 2016 which was delivered by Professor Christine Whitehead OBE. Presentation titled: ‘Using projections of household numbers – tensions between planning and economics’.
Click here to access the presentation.
11 September 2016: RTPI awards Research Excellence Award to Christine Whitehead and colleagues for their book, Planning Gain: Providing Infrastructure and Affordable Housing
The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) have awarded the Excellence in Planning Research award to Tony Crook, John Henneberry, and Christine Whitehead for their work on the book, Planning Gain: Providing Infrastructure & Affordable Housing.
Click here to read the article.
5 August 2016: Alternative housing development in London: Findings and key action points
On 15 July the award-winning modular Place / Ladywell development was the venue for a day-long discussion of what the Mayor and others can do to bring forward more alternative housing development in London. Melissa Fernández and Kath Scanlon published a report with key findings and action points.
Click here to read the report.
Conference: Towards a sustainable private rented sector: What can we learn from other countries?
9 December 2016
Lecture: Christine Whitehead speaks at the Sir Frederic J. Osborn Memorial Lecture, 2016
16 September 2016
Seminar: Alternative housing development in London: Practices and possibilities
21 July 2016
Short film festival: Visualising London's Housing Crisis: Problems and Solutions
14 July 2016
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
HEIF 5 Final Conference: Opportunities to Accelerate Housing Production in London
27 June 2016
Parliamentary Report Launch: ESRC Collaborative Housing and Community Resilience, Parliamentary Launch - Cohousing: Shared Futures
22 June 2016
ESRC funded research seminar: Mainstreaming cohousing in urban development, barriers to knowledge transfer, part of our Collaborative Cohousing and Community Resilience project
21 June 2016
LSE London Seminar: Building relationships with central and local government
16 May 2016
LSE London Seminar: Housing Strategies for the New Mayor
13 May 2016
For details of all past LSE London events please see the Events page.
Devolution: a capital idea. The report of the London Finance Commission.
20 February 2017
Making the most of Build to Rent, report with Future of London
25 January 2017
Profiling UK private landlords, report for Council of Mortgage Lenders
18 December 2016
Rising to the Challenge: London’s Housing Crisis
6 December 2016
Social mobility in Great Britain: evidence on obstacles young people face
21 November 2016
GLA publishes LSE London research on housing density
17 November 2016
Growing demand for renting across Europe: report on the private rented sector in Europe
1 November 2016
Podcast: London borough planners focus group meeting: Planning deregulation in London
10 October 2016
HEIF 5 Animation: Enforcing the unenforceable: The hard work of two enforcement officers in London
10 October 2016
HEIF 5 Film: Discussing planning deregulation in London: Office conversions and short-term lettings
10 October 2016
Blog: Market VS Planning: is Deregulation the answer?
10 October 2016
Book: Planning Gain: Providing Infrastructure & Affordable Housing
11 September 2016
HEIF 5 Film: Creating communities in London's new villages
22 July 2016
To access all LSE London research please see the Research page.
Lent Term Seminars 2017