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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.

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11 August 2015  Workshop: The role of Housing Associations in accelerating residential development in London

Our notes on the views expressed at a workshop on the role of Housing Associations in accelerating London residential develoment. The conversation focused on the possibilities, barriers and in particular the incentives and risks that Housing Associations perceive in expanding housing investment.


29 July 2015: Blog: Does residential development always drive down local prices?

Christine Whitehead and Emma Sagor discuss the impact of residential development on the local house prices. They find that house prices do not always decline as a result of new development despite widely held fears that they do, which fuels much opposition to new house building.

The full blog can be accessed here.

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22 July 2015Westminster Social Policy Forum Keynote Seminar: The future for social housing and affordable rent

Kath Scanlon spoke at this event providing remarks on Germany's, the Netherlands's, and France's social housing system, which added a new international dimention to the seminar. 

Transcript of speeches will be available here.

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22 July 2015: The increasing complexities of the welfare cap

This blog by Christine Whitehead and Emma Sagor discusses the changes to the benefit cap introduced in the July budget. It includes recent modelling by LSE London which compares impacts of the lower cap on families in London, the South East and the North East. 

The full blog can be accessed here. 

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July 2015: Kath Scanlon, Melissa Fernández, & Christine Whitehead publish article on social housing in Europe

The article, Social Housing in Europe, draws out some of the most important trends in the scale of social housing in countries across Europe; clarifies who lives in the sector and under what terms and conditions, and then discusses some of the drivers behind these trends and implications for the future provision of social housing.

To access the article, click here.


27 June - 1 July 2015:  LSE London researchers at European Network of Housing Researchers (ENHR) Annual Conference in Lisbon

Christine Whitehead coordinated the Private Finance Housing Markets’ workshop. Melissa Fernández presented  ‘Between ‘Penthouse’ Social Housing and Crisis Urbanism:  valuing people and property in the case of Puerto Rico’s ‘Metropolis’’, in ‘he Politics of Urban Gentrification Working Group and Kath Scanlon presented ‘The viability skirmish: How negotiations over affordable housing affect residential development’, in ‘and Markets and Housing Working Group.

More information about the working can be found here.

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June 2015: Christine Whitehead and Peter Williams publish article on financing affordable housing in the UK

In the Summer 2015 edition of Housing Finance International, LSE London's Christine Whitehead and Peter Williams published an article titled, Financing affordable housing in the UK; building on success?

To access the article, click here.

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17 June 2015: Looking ahead - how should the new government address London's housing supply crisis?

This post-election event and expert panel offered a chance to discuss the main recommendations that have emerged from our HEIF 5 funded project, Housing in London: Addressing the Supply Crisis. The discussion covered a range of topics, including the need for more proactive, pragmatic leadership around housing delivery, the opportunities that could come with greater devolution, what role the GLA should play, how to achieve greater certainty in the planning process, and what financial innovations might jumpstart development in London authorities.

More information about the event, including the briefing paper and slides, is available here.

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9 June 2015: LSE London publishes report on understanding the local impact of new residential development

This report makes a contribution to understanding the impact of new housing development on the immediately surrounding area and population. It examines the impacts of eight recent residential developments (all smaller than 300 units) on their local areas, looking in particular at whether prices in the surrounding area always fall as a result of new development. The research found that while prices in some areas did fall briefly during or just after the construction period, they tended to recover quite quickly and move quite closely with the wider area. In other areas prices did not decline at all, and indeed there is some evidence that development can lead to relatively rapid increases in prices in the neighbouring area.

The research was commissioned by Barratt Developments and the NHBC Foundation.

A summary report is available here.
The full report can be accessed here.
The press release from Barratt Homes can be accessed here.

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5 June 2015: Camden publishes LSE London research on cross-boundary effects of HMO licensing

As part of their consultation about whether to introduce borough-wide additional HMO licensing, the London borough of Camden commissioned LSE London to conduct research on the cross-boundary effects of HMO licensing to determine whether they needed to consult in other boroughs. The report, produced by Kath Scanlon and Emma Sagor, concluded that local housing markets cross the border between Camden and adjacent boroughs and therefore the effects of licensing in Camden would likely have cross-boundary impacts. Camden subsequently completed a consultation with residents and businesses in other boroughs, and the recommendation for additional HMO licensing was approved on 4 June 2015.

The LSE London report can be accessed here.

All of the documents relating to the consultation can be found here.


June 2015: New LSE London report evaluates election proposals regarding the private rented sector

The National Landlords Association commissioned this research in order better to understand the various policy proposals put forward in the last year in relation to the private rented sector. This interim report reviews the content of proposals that emerged before the UK national elections and summarises the relevance of international experience to these proposals.

The interim report can be downloaded here.

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May 2015: Affordability: a step forward - establishing principles for rent setting

This report was produced by Professor Emeritus Christine Whitehead, LSE, and Kathy Ellis, Affinity Sutton. The research considers what the principles of setting a rent policy should be and what a new Affordable Rent policy might look like.

The full report can be accessed here.


22 May 2015: LSE London launches PRS Profiles, video series and interactive report

'PRS Profiles: Learning from tenants' experiences to improve private renting in London' is a video series and interactive report produced as part of the HEIF 5 funded project series, Housing in London: Addressing the Supply Crisis. Researchers from LSE London interviewed private renters across London to learn more about the benefits, challenges, and realities of living in the private rented sector (PRS) in the capital. The short videos and interactive report are available here.


14 May 2015: Christine Whitehead presents international examples of rent stabilisation at Future of London seminar

Christine was part of an expert panel at this even which explored a number of issues related to rent stabilisation, including: what effect could rent stabilisation have on affordability; what form of stabilisation would be feasible in London; what can London learn from similar policies elsewhere; and are there any clear alternatives? More information can be found here.


29 April 2015: HEIF 5 Workshop - How can local authorities help deliver alternative housing?

At this workshop, local authority officers, alternative lenders, stakeholders from the non-profit sector and LSE London researchers discussed the role of local authorities in alternative housing provision. This blog summarises the discussion and the key lessons which emerged.

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22 April 2015: Political party manifestos - anything for London's housing?

In this blog, we reflect on the party manifestos and look specifically at what they say about housing in London. Comparing their pledges to the emerging themes from our year-long HEIF funded project on housing supply, we argue that, as written in the manifestos, it is hard to imagine any of the proposed policies truly leading to meaningful change.


20 April 2015: Short film captures lessons from a visit to three alternative housing sites in Forest Hill

In February, a group of researchers and stakeholders visited three alternative housing sites in Forest Hill in south London: Walter's Way (a street of self-build houses); Featherstone Lodge (site of a future co-housing development); and Havelock Walk (a mews of live/work units). This film captures the lessons learned from these three sites about the potential of alternative housing to play a part in addressing London's supply crisis.

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April 2015: Launch of 'Visualising London's Housing Supply Crisis' Interactive Map

As part of our HEIF funded project series Housing in London: Addressing the Supply Crisis, we have created an Interactive Map. The Map allows visitors to engage with the project outputs in a geographic/spatial format and to learn about specific sites and schemes that could be scaled up to make a step change towards accelerating new supply.


14 April 2015: Symposium with Politecnico di Milano and LSE RUPS

On 14 April 2015, the LSE Regional and Urban Planning Studies Programme and LSE London held a small conference with a group from Politecnico di Milano. The two-day event began with a symposium covering a variety of research topics related to housing, planning and urbanism.

Presentations from the symposium can be accessed here.


The increasing complexities of the welfare cap 
Christine Whitehead & Emma Sagor (3 August 2015)

Blog: Does residential development always drive down local prices?
Christine Whitehead & Emma Sagor (29 July 2015)

Social housing in Europe
Kathleen Scanlon, Melissa Fernández, and Christine Whitehead (July 2015)

Financing affordable housing in the UK; building on success?
Christine Whitehead and Peter Williams (June 2015)

Cross-boundary effects of additional landlord licensing in Camden
Kathleen Scanlon and Emma Sagor (June 2015)

Affordability: a step forward - establishing principles for rent setting
Christine Whitehead and Kathy Ellis (May 2015)

Understanding the local impact of new residential development
Christine Whitehead, Emma Sagor, Annie Edge and Bruce Walker (June 2015).
Summary Report here.
Full Report here.

Political party manifestos - anything for London's housing?
Christine Whitehead, Nancy Holman, Kath Scanlon, Melissa Fernandez, and Emma Sagor (April 2015)

Development of new cohousing: lessons from a London scheme for the over-50s
Kath Scanlon and Melissa Fernandez (February 2015)

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)


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