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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 'Housing in London: Addressing the Supply Crisis,' please visit our project webpage|.


4 March 2015:Housing: Key Challenges Facing the Parties - Part of the British Government @ LSE General Election 2015 Event Series|

Charles Goodhart, Nancy Holman, Ann Power, Christine Whitehead
Chair: Kate Allen, Financial Times

Housing presents a range of challenges for whichever party wins the next election. Everyone agrees there is a shortage of homes (to rent or to buy) as well as an affordability crisis in many parts of the country, and yet housing completions are at historically low levels. Experts have listed a number of reasons for the lack of new investment including the planning process, the lack of available land, a shortage of finance, restrictions on building on the Green Belt, the influence of overseas buyers, and indeed cutbacks in government grant. Additionally, increasing regulation is making it harder for households who would traditionally have been able to become owner-occupiers to do so. Increasing numbers of families—especially in London—are paying high rents for poor quality and insecure accommodation. Consequently, policies to increase investment and standards in the private rented sector are under discussion, as are ways to improve access to mortgage funding and low cost homeownership. But housing is also a macro-economic issue – housing costs affect competitiveness; over-emphasis on housing investment might limit more productive sectors; and mortgage debt is seen as a source of macro instability. This event will examine the key challenges facing the parties as they struggle to create more homes, to give households better choices, and to reduce volatility in the housing market and the economy as a whole.

CLM.4.02 6:30pm - 8:00pm


The event is free and open to the public. More information can be found here|.


19 February 2015: The Future of London - Part of British Government @ LSE General Election 2015 Event Series
Tony Travers, Nancy Holman, Christine Whitehead and Stephen Glaister
Chair: Tim Donovan

As London moves towards becoming a city of 10 million people, it faces immense challenges related to planning, housing, governance and transport. Accommodating this rapid rise in population will require London’s leaders to rethink how and where the city should provide homes for its residents, how people travel into and move around the capital, and how best to plan for this growth to keep London liveable. These questions are already at the forefront of the policy debate, and the 2016 Mayoral candidates will certainly be expected to forward innovative ideas for London’s future. This panel discussed the viability of some current proposals for tackling these challenges and considered how these ideas may influence London’s future development.

CLM.3.02 6:30pm - 8:00pm

The event is free and open to the public. More information can be found here|.


14 January 2015: HEIF 5 Workshop - Alternative Housing in London|

On 14 January, LSE London hosted a roundtable workshop on Alternative Housing as part of the HEIF 5 project Housing in London: Addressing the Supply Crisis. Invited stakeholders discussed the complexities related to defining 'alternative housing' and explored the potential these alternative typologies might have in significantly increasing the output of new homes. A blog post about the workshop is available here.|


15 December 2014: LSE London's latest book explores |Migration and London's Growth|

On 15 December, LSE London launched their most recent book, a collection of papers on the impact of migration on London's economy and the lived experience of the city's workers and residents. The publication is also the final report of LSE London's HEIF5 project on Migration and the Transformation of London.|

The full text of the new book can be accessed here|.

The book also draws on a report by Ian Gordon, Tony Travers and Christine Whitehead, 'Alternative approaches to a living wage for London: a methodological review'.|


11 December 2014: A public lecture with Yiannis Boutaris, Mayor of Thessaloniki|

Mr. Boutaris will give a lecture titled 'Local governance in times of crisis: lessons for Greece from the City of Thessaloniki'. The event is free and no pre-registration is required. It will be held in the Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House, at LSE from 18:30-20:00 on the 11th. More information on the event can be found here|.


10 December 2014: Accelerating residential development in London - what could 'change the game'?|

As part of our HEIF5 Housing in London: Addressing the Supply Crisis| project, LSE London hosted a debate and expert panel on 10th December about accelerating residential development in London.

The panellists - David Lammy (MP for Tottenham), Jo Negrini (Executive Director of Development and Environment, Croydon), Chris Hamnett (Professor of Geography, King's College London), Paul Cheshire (Emeritus Professor of Economic Geography, LSE), and Fran Tonkiss (Director of LSE Cities) - were asked to respond to the following question: what are the two or three changes/innovations that you think could 'change the game' and accelerate new housing production in London?

More information about the debate can be found on our project website.|


3 December 2014: HEIF 5 Workshop - Maintaining and increasing the supply of private rented housing in London|

A group of experts including operators of large private rented sector developments, academics and representatives of landlords, real estate consultancies and NGOs met at the LSE for a workshop on maintaining and increasing the supply of PRS housing in London. The blog post that summarises the key themes from the discussion can be accessed here.|


2 December 2014: HomeAway UK publishes LSE London report on the economic impact of holiday rentals in the UK
Kath Scanlon, Emma Sagor and Christine Whitehead co-authored this report on the economic impact of the holiday rental sector in the UK. Commissioned by HomeAway UK, the report examines total expenditure attributed to the sector, the estimated annual income of holiday rental property owners in Britain, the business models of these rental operators and major industry trends. The full report can be read here|.


27 November 2014: Christine Whitehead gives public lecture on planning and housing at Bartlett School of Planning| 

Christine Whitehead gave the second in a series of special public lectures at The Bartlett School of Planning on 27th November 2014 on Planning and Housing – Why the Continuing Tensions? The presentation can be downloaded here.


6 November 2014: Christine Whitehead publishes blog on Lyons Housing Review|

Christine Whitehead reflects on the minimal attention given to London in the report recently published by Labour's housing commission. The full piece can be accessed on the British Politics and Policy blog.|


29 October 2014: HEIF5 Workshop - Accelerating new housing production in London|

The first thematic workshop in our HEIF5 'Housing in London: Addressing the Supply Crisis' project series was held on 29 October at LSE. It was attended by local borough planners, academics, representatives from RSLs, real estate consultancies and NGOs. Together, the attendees discussed barriers to delivering residential development, practical experiences and best practices for overcoming these barriers. A summary of the workshop discussion can be found here|.


15 October 2014: Christine Whitehead presents at Policy Forum for London's Keynote Seminar|

Christine Whitehead discussed 'Progress and priorities for housing in the capital' at Policy Forum for London's Keynote Seminar, which explored the Mayor's housing strategy, social housing, and the buying and rental markets. Her full presentation can be accessed here.|


13 October 2014: Homes for Scotland appoints PRS 'champion' after report from LSE London and CCHPR|
Homes for Scotland appointed Gerry More as its private rented sector 'champion' following recommendations from the Dec 2013 report, Building the Rented Sector in Scotland, produced by Kath Scanlon and Christine Whitehead of LSE London and Peter Williams and Kenneth Gibb of the Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research.


13 October 2014: Christine Whitehead presents at GVA London lecture series|

GVA’s second London lecture series, ‘Evolving London,’ brings together experts in economics, infrastructure and governance to present their views on the future challenges facing the capital. Christine Whitehead presented at the first lecture in this series, ‘A new direction for London’s housing.’ Her presentation can be accessed here.|

'Migration and the Transformation of London: an international perspective'
|27 June 2014, Final HEIF5 Migration Project Conference
Migration and Low Pay in London|
9 June 2014, A HEIF5 Seminar

London and Global Cities: Governance, Planning and Design|
30 June 2014, LSE Executive Summer School, Co-Lead by LSE London's Tony Travers

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


The economic impact of holiday rentals in the UK
|A report for HomeAway UK by Kath Scanlon, Emma Sagor and Christine Whitehead (2 December 2014)

Lyons and London: Labour's latest housing review should not ignore initiatives in the capital|
British Politics and Policy Blog by Christine Whitehead (6 November 2014)

Alternative housing could be the answer to London's housing crisis|
British Politics and Policy Blog by Melissa Fernandez (8 October 2014)

ENHR Special Edition of the EMF Monthly Newsletter
|Co-edited by Christine Whitehead (11 September 2014)

Rent Stabilisation: Principles and International Experience|
A report by Christine Whitehead and Kath Scanlon for the Borough of Camden (10 August 2014)

Social Housing in Europe|
Edited by Kath Scanlon, Christine Whitehead, and Melissa Fernandez
Published by Wiley

A lifestyle choice for families? Private renting in London, New York, Berlin, and the Randstad|
A research project by Kath Scanlon, Melissa Fernandez, and Christine Whitehead for Get Living London (June 2014)

House prices: Same street, different property market|
Kath Scanlon's commentary featured in BBC Business (3 June 2014)

Re-evaluating the Greenbelt will deliver more homes
ResPublica Blog by Christine Whitehead (27 May 2014)


Book Review: 'The Affordable Housing Reader' by Tighe and Mueller|
Review written by Kath Scanlon (6 May 2014)

Miliband’s proposals: Old fashioned rent control or a better operating market?|
British Politics & Policy Blog by Christine Whitehead (6 May 2014)

Migration into London is spilling into towns outside the Green Belt|
British Politics & Policy Blog by Kerwin Datu (1 April 2014)

Tackling the Crises in Housing Provision
A talk by Christine Whitehead to the British Irish Council Ministerial Meeting (October 2013)

Creating the Conditions for Growth|
Christine Whitehead and Tony Travers with Kathleen Scanlon and Melissa Fernandez
A Report for Berkeley Group (October 2013)
Thanks to immigrants we're the capital for marriage
|Evening Standard article by Tony Travers (24 September 2013)
Regulation and the Private Rented Sector
|Professor Christine Whitehead for Young Group (Spring/Summer 2013)
The Private Rented Sector in the New Century- a Comparative Approach
|[PDF] (December 2012)
This report examines the role of regulation in the private rented sector across 11 European countries. It was co-authored by Christine Whitehead, Sanna Markkanen, Sarah Monk, Kathleen Scanlon and Connie Tang from LSE Lonond & the Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research|
The Impact of Three London Conservatoires on the UK and London Economies| [PDF] (August 2012)
LSE London's report shows that London's conservatoires are a key factor in the development and sustainability of the city as a world music centre, and an integral part of the city's wider creative networks.
Research into the effects of conservation areas on value
English Heritage research co-written by LSE London's Nancy Holman (July 2012) See Dr. Holman's web-page and press releases here|


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

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