With the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic and the UK’s changing geo-political relations, the extent of economic, social, and cultural change to occur in coming years is virtually impossible to predict, as are the wider implications it will have. This uncertainty is magnified in London’s Boroughs of Lambeth and Southwark, which are home to not only vibrant and diverse communities but stark health inequalities.
Public policy and long-term decision making are essential to identifying and proposing solutions to these Boroughs’ most difficult problems, but the current moment of social and political uncertainty provides a significant challenge to the community organisations and institutions which lead such work. Commissioned by Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Charity, this research project combines data, existing research, and community input to develop a series of potential futures or scenarios for Lambeth and Southwark. These scenarios will help inform future planning to ensure they can continue to address the local communities most important needs, even in the face of long-term uncertainty.
Tony Travers, Professor in Practice, LSE Department of Government & Director, LSE London
Ricky Burdett, Professor of Urban Studies, Director of LSE Cities
Alexandra Zisser, Researcher, LSE Cities
Alexandra Gomes, Researcher, LSE Cities