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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.

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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18 January 2016: HEIF5 Accelerating Housing Production in London  Roundtable 1: Setting the Priorities

On 23 November 2015 LSE London launched its new HEIF5 knowledge-exchange project, entitled Accelerating Housing Production in London. A small group of experts from the private sector, the public sector and academia gathered to discuss priorities—what are the key barriers to accelerating residential development in the capital? We started with some concerns identified by our earlier project: uncertainties in planning; the role of small and medium sized builders; housing zones; mayoral powers and financing issues.

Click here to read the blog.

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15 December 2015GLA Intelligence seminar: House prices in London

Our research fellow, Kath Scanlon, was on the panel at the GLA Intelligence Seminar on house prices, held Tuesday, 15 December 2015. Kath said that the low supply responsiveness of the London housing market was due not only to planning but also to the dominance of the market by major house builders, whose business model relies on relatively slow rates of construction even on large sites. Also that the steady increase in rates of Stamp Duty Land Tax means that this tax is now a major deterrent to transactions, especially in London where house prices are so high--this seems a counter-intuitive measure if transactions like downsizing that result in more efficient use of the housing stock are to be encouraged.

Click here to see the full speakers list.  

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4 December 2015: Applications now open: Sharing in the future: how collaboration influences ecological behaviour

If you wish to attend one of the seminars in this series, then you must send a completed application form to as soon as possible.  Places are limited and selection will be made on the basis of the information provided in the document.

You can download the document here.

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4 December 2015: The PRS: Evolution in London and international  perspective

On Tuesday, Dec 1st, 2015 Kath Scanlon presented evidence to the Housing Select Committee of the London Borough of Lewisham about private renting in London and Germany.

The presentation can be downloaded here.

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30 November 2015: Christine Whitehead gave the keynote address at the Private Renters’ Rights: Safe and stable homes in Kensington and Chelsea

Professor Christine Whitehead gave the keynote address titled, 'The future of the private rented sector' at the report launch of Private Renters’ Rights: Safe and stable homes in Kensington and Chelsea report. Melissa Fernàndez and Christine Whitehead worked in the advisory group.

The presentation can be found here and the report can be downloaded here.

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20 November 2015: New buy-to-let tax 'puts the UK out of step with how other countries approach the PRS', says Kathleen Scanlon

Kathleen Scanlon discusses research on the PRS across Europe and the United States in The Telegraph. She touches on some possible implications that the new buy-to-let tax may have on professional small landlords.

The article can be read here.


17 November 2015Immigration and Asylum In Britain and Europe

LSE London is cohosting with LSE British Government discussing immigration and asylum policies in Britain in the context of Britain’s place in Europe. The event will specifically discuss economics, public opinion, communities and poverty.

Date: Tuesday 17th November
Time: 18:30 - 20:00
Venue: Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building
Speakers: Sara Hobolt (LSE), Deborah Mattinson (Britain Thinks), Eiko Thielemann (LSE)
Chair: Simon Hix (LSE)
Twitter Hashtag: #LSEImmigration

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12 November 2015Is there a problem with the current housing market?

Christine Whitehead discusses the social implications of a changing housing market at the ESRC Festival of Social Science: Housing Event at the Geffrye Museum of the Home. She argues that the housing system is failing to provide for population and household formation let alone for economic growth as well as other intricacies of how we have a dysfunctional housing system.

You can download the presentation here.

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11 November 2015Barriers to Accelerating Delivery

Christine Whitehead discusses barriers to accelerating housing delivery at the New Ideas for Housing: Tools for accelerating delivery, New Architecture London event.

The presentation can be downloaded here.


6 November 2015: England needs to build 1.5 million homes in next five years, says Christine Whitehead co-authored report

Research for the Town and Country Planning Association co-authored by Christine Whitehead has found that young people across the country are struggling to live independently because of the cost of housing. To catch up with housing demand by 2020, the number of homes suggested by the projections, 310,000 extra homes a year are needed over the next 5 years.

The report has been covered by the Financial Times, you can read the article here


6 November 2015: Congraulations Christine Whitehead on her prestigious appointments 

We congratulate one of our leading researchers, Professor Christine Whitehead, on her two recent appointments as a member of the London Housing Commission  and as a specialist adviser to the House of Commons Communities and Local Government Select Committee for their inquiry on Housing Association and the Right to Buy.


6 November 2015: Recent coverage of our research on Brazil

The Guardian. 28 October 2015: Melissa Fernández discusses the impacts of resettlements in Rio de Janeiro with The Guardian's  Bruce Douglas. She speaks about her research conducted in Recanto da Natureza, a housing complex of 384 apartments 50km outside of Rio and the impacts on residents' job opportunities and mental health.

More coverage:

BBC22 October 2015 |  Folha de S. Paulo. 22 October 2015 


30 October 2015Urban-construction-migration nexus | 5 cities | South Asia

Dr Melissa Fernández and Dr Sunil Kumar presented findings of their DFID-funded research project looking at the links between urbanisation, internal migration and construction in five South Asian cities. Other project outputs will be published from November 2015 onwards. 

Their research findings can be accessed here.

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30 October 2015: Accelerating Housing Development in London

LSE London awarded new year-long HEIF5 project. See our October newsletter with all the latest details.


12 October 2015Housing in London - Final Roundtable and Report Launch

On October 12th we hosted our final event of our year-long project, Housing in London: Addressing the Supply Crisis. We provided an opportunity for different stakeholders ranging from academics, local politicians, developers, planners, and other representatives from the private and public sectors to discuss the recommendations from our final report. Other points of conversation were ways in which we could the debate forward, particularly in light of government announcements and the upcoming Mayoral election.

You can read the report here.

The executive summary is available here.


On Tuesday, Dec 1st, 2015 Kath Scanlon presented evidence to the Housing Select Committee of the London Borough of Lewisham about private renting in London and Germany. The presentation can be downloaded here.
4 December 2015

LSE London held its first roundtable of the HEIF5 Accelerating Housing Production in London project. Here is our first blog titled: Roundtable 1: Setting the Priorities
23 November 2015

In a presentation titled, 'Is there a problem with the current housing market?Christine Whitehead discusses the social implications of a changing housing market at the ESRC Festival of Social Science: Housing Event at the Geffrye Museum of the Home.
12 November 2015

Christine Whitehead discusses Barriers to Accelerating Delivery at the New Ideas for Housing: Tools for accelerating delivery, New Architecture London event.
11 November 2015

Melissa Fernández and Sunil Kumar present their DFID funded research on the urban-construction-migration nexus | 5 cities | South Asia
30 October 2015

Christine Whitehead discusses the contemporary politics surrounding housing in London in a talk titled 'Housing in London - the current state of play' for the Policy Forum for London.
21 October 2015

Christine Whitehead presents at the Institute for Housing and Urban Research at Uppsala University in a talk titled 'The Role of Social Housing in Europe'.
13 October 2015

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

Urbanisation-construction-migration nexus | 5 cities | South Asia. Melissa Fernández Arrigoitia and Sunil Kumar (October 2015)

Co-designing senior co-housing
Melissa Fernández Arrigoitia and Kathllen Scanlon (Autumn 2015)

Islington Park Street Community: a model for alternative housing in London
Melissa Fernández Arrigoitia (21 September 2015)

Home advantage: Housing the young employed in London
Kath Scanlon, Melissa Fernandez, Emma Sagor, and Christine Whitehead
(16 September 2015)

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.


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


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