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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|.

Polling Station

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.

Interactive Map

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|.


9 April 2015: Christine Whitehead gave keynote speech at APNHR conference in Gwangju, Korea by video|

LSE London's Christine Whitehead gave the keynote speech, 'Owner-occupation: its benefits and risks in different market contexts', by video for the 2015 APNHR conference in Gwangju, Korea.

Her presentation can be accessed here|

The video of the presentation can be accessed here|


19 and 20 March 2015: ENHR Private Rented Markets Conference - 'Private Renting After the Crisis'|

The 2015 ENHR (European Network for Housing Research) Private Rented Markets conference on ‘Private Renting After The Crisis’ took place on Thursday 19th and Friday 20th March at the London School of Economics. A total of 33 people attended the conference, with 20 presentations given by participants from 12 countries. 

More information about the conference and links to the presentations can be found here|


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 examined 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.

More information can be found here|.

A video recording of the panel can be watched here|


February 2015: Kath Scanlon and Melissa Fernandez publish article on lessons from a south London co-housing scheme|

LSE London's Kath Scanlon and Melissa Fernandez published an article on the lessons learned from a south London co-housing scheme, Featherstone, which they have been researching for 3 years. 

The article can be accessed 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.

A video recording of the panel can be watched 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'.|

'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|.


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)

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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