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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


20 February 2017: On devolution and why it’s what London needs

At the behest of the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, the London Finance Commission reconvened once more to produce an evidence based report on the possibilities of devolution with specific focus on tax and spending arrangements in the capital. The result is the report titled: Devolution: a capital idea. LSE London's director, Tony Travers, served on the chair of the Commission.

Click here to access the report.

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25 January 2017: Making the most of Build to Rent: a report

In this report, Future of London and LSE London set forth definitions, motivations, contemporary context, challenges, reasons for the public sector to promote the model, and recommendations for the various stake holders.

Click here to access the report.

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18 December 2016Profiling UK private landlords, report for Council of Mortgage Lenders

Kath Scanlon and Christine Whitehead have conducted the largest ever survey of UK landlords in a report commissioned by the Council of Mortgage Lenders. In their report, they find significant findings on landlords’ profile, motivations, and plans.

Click here to access our blog on this report. 
Click here to access the full report.
Click here to read the story in the Financial Times. 


9 December 2016: The Mayor of London has asked LSE London to investigate the impact of foreign investment on London’s housing market

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has asked LSE London to conduct one of the most thorough investigations into the impact of foreign investment in London. The key questions the Mayor wants us to answer include: how many new homes are sold buyers based overseas, how many of these homes are kept empty, and how dependent are developers on foreign buyers.

Click here to view our various outputs on this theme.



9 December 2016: Towards a sustainable private rented sector: What can we learn from other countries?

Kath Scanlon presented at the Sunday Business Post Residential Property Summit,which took place in Radisson BLU Royal on Golden Lane, Dublin on Tuesday, December 6th. In this presentation Kath reflects on what Ireland may stand to learn from international contexts.

Click here to view a fuller description and to access the PPT presentation.


6 December 2016: Rising to the Challenge: London’s Housing Crisis

On Thursday, 1 December 2016, LSE London launched the final report and recommendations on how to accelerate the supply of new housing in London. This was a culmination of discussions with specialists from central government, the GLA, and London boroughs together with a small number of other key actors from industry and academia. This event followed up on our interim report we published in June 2016, taking full account of changing political and economic circumstances.

Click here to view a list of the speakers, presentations, final report, and films produced for this project.


21 November 2016: Social mobility in Great Britain: evidence on obstacles young people face

The Social Mobility Commission published their annual report on the problem of social mobility in Britain. This year they placed strong emphasis on new evidence that suggests that for young people obstacles for social mobility are getting worse not better. Kath Scanlon, contributed to the chapter on housing.

Click here to access the report.


17 November 2016: GLA publishes LSE London research on housing density

The Mayor of London commissioned LSE London research on housing density. This research data is meant to aid in the development of policies and preparation of the London Plan. Links to all of the reports can be found here.

Click here to executive summaries of the reports.

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1 November 2016: Growing demand for renting across Europe: report on the private rented sector in Europe

New research published today suggests that it is economic pressures rather than government policies which have been most important in changing the role of private renting across Europe.

Click here to access the report.


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6 October 2016: 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.

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. 


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

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


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