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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.

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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 2016RTPI 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.


8 September 2016: 'How to create London's new 'village' communities', Dave Hill reporting on our research on urban villages

Dave Hill from The Guardian reporting on the ambiguity of the word 'village' and on the recommendations we put forth in our report regarding key characteristics that make up an urban village.

Click here to read the article. 

Alt Hous Report

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. 


22 July 2016:  New London Villages: Creating Communities

LSE London and Berkeley Homes produced a report on creating new communities in London. The report includes main findings, identifies six characteristics of a new London village, and makes recommendations for developers and local authorities. 

Click here to access the report.

Click here to view the film about  the report's main findings.

Click here to read the blog written by Kath Scanlon that introduces the project by exploring the concept of urban villages. 


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. Click here to read the report with findings and action points. 

Place making

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. 


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

Parliamentary 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

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

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


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