Professor Anne Power

Professor Anne Power

Emeritus Professor of Social Policy

Department of Social Policy

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Key Expertise
Communities, Housing, Cities, Sustainable development, Neighbourhoods

About me

Anne Power is Emeritus Professor of Social Policy at the London School of Economics and Head of LSE Housing and Communities, a research group based within the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion. She is author of many books, reports and articles on housing, cities and low-income communities.

Since 1965 Anne has been involved in European and American housing and urban problems. In 1966 she worked with Martin Luther King's 'End Slums' campaign in Chicago, and on her return to Britain organised community-based projects in Islington, Hackney and Tower Hamlets. From 1979 to 1989 she worked for the Department of the Environment and Welsh Office, setting up Priority Estates Projects to rescue run-down estates all over the country. In 1991 she became founding director of the National Communities Resource Centre at Trafford Hall in Chester which provides residential training and pump priming support for people living and working in low-income communities, and is currently Chair. From 2000 to 2009 she was a Commissioner on the Sustainable Development Commission. 

Anne is a Visiting Senior Fellow of the Brookings Institution in Washington DC, an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects, and a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing. She is founding director and Chair of the National Communities Resource Centre at Trafford Hall, near Chester. 

Anne’s research interests include debt in low-income communities, welfare reform, private renting, energy saving, estate regeneration, European and American cities, and international human settlements. Her current research projects are based in London, Chester, Cumbria and generally are UK-wide. 

Anne’s most recent publication is Cities for a Small Continent: International Handbook of City Recovery, which was published by Policy Press in May 2016. Parallel to this book was the production and publication of seven City Reports regarding recovery of the ex-industrial European cities of Sheffield, Belfast, Torino, Bilbao, Leipzig, Lille and Saint-Etienne. Anne also published the Agenda for Housing Plus in January 2017. 

Anne is a guest teacher for the SA4F9 housing course, and is always open to meeting students who are interested in housing. Meeting are available by appointment. Please contact her assistant Jessica Rowan to make an appointment:

Expertise Details

cities; climate change; communities; disadvantaged neighbourhoods; energy efficiency; family interventions; international and UK housing; marginal groups; race relations; social change; social housing; sustainable communities; urban regeneration