London Houses

What we offer

Our research focuses on understanding the fundamental drivers of urban change, often in a comparative context. We address topics such as increasing residential density, planning gain, development finance, homeownership, the economics of private renting, mortgage finance, homelessness and social and community-led housing.

We address current issues faced by people in the capital and comparable cities

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Policy analysis and evaluation 

Housing policy faces challenges across many dimensions simultaneously, for example, providing quality and adequate housing to people, enabling community life, and responding to environmental needs. Our experts can support policy-making by ensuring a systemic perspective that considers the various goals of housing and urban policy. Our experience working with different government authorities and organisations, including civil society and private organisations, enables our experts to provide evidence-based insights and approach policy issues with the adequate tools and methodologies.

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Case studies and comparative research

To tackle the housing supply problem, homelessness and other facets of the current housing crisis, stakeholders need robust evidence to understand the causes; key factors involved as well as potential solutions. Particular housing initiatives and broader urban interventions in the UK and internationally are potential approaches that our experts can analyse systematically to find enablers of and barriers to success, to inform both public and private sectors.

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Economic and social impact assessments

Housing interventions have long-term effects, and new buildings often last far longer than the policies that produced them.  Our experts work to provide ex-ante and/or ex-post evaluations of the different impacts of housing interventions with different scopes. From targeted interventions in the urban space to wide regional or national policies, our experts are equipped with the knowledge and methodological tools to carry out high quality assessments of these impacts and provide recommendations for policymakers and other stakeholders.


Our specialists generally employ mixed-methods research techniques, drawing on both quantitative and qualitative research methods. They use a range of primary data collection techniques including face-to-face or telephone interviews, focus groups, online surveys and ethnographic observation, tailored to meet the requirements of each research project. They also draw on the full range of secondary data which may include government or industry statistics and various types of administrative data.  Our statistical experts employ advanced techniques to analyse datasets.