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Prof Christine Whitehead was one of the Keynote Speakers at the 2016 AREUEA conference

Prof Christine Whitehead gave one of the keynote speeches at The American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association (AREUEA) 2016 annual international conference held in Alicante, Spain. Christine’s presentation, titled ‘Is Social and Affordable Housing in Jeopardy?’ dealt with the questions of why social and affordable housing matter, the different definitions and practices across Europe over time, and a historical overview of financing models in Europe and in the UK. She also… Read More

Prof Christine Whitehead provides an economic overview at The Residential Funding Conference

Prof Christine Whitehead spoke at The Residential Funding Conference on Tuesday, 5 July 2016. She provided an economic overview of the political and economic climate after the Referendum. Currently, she says, there is no real or clear-cut assessment that can be made in such a sensitive atmosphere. The story that will dominate for the next few months, perhaps years, she argues, are about expectations and risks–neither of which are handled well by the… Read More

The Kipling Estate: Genuinely affordable housing in central London [Video]

In this video we explore a creative approach on how to accelerate housing developments in London and how to find places to put this housing. Bermondsey provides a good example of this creativity with Kipling garages. This video comes from our site visit to Bermondsey. Our hosts were Leather Market Joint Management Board (JMB), a tenant management organisation that operates 1500 homes for Southwark Council and Igloo Regeneration Fund.

Final Conference: Opportunities to Accelerate Housing Production in London

On 23 June 2016, we hosted the final conference of our HEIF 5 project on accelerating housing production in London. Over the last 18 months LSE London has been discussing how to accelerate the supply of new housing in London with experts from government, industry and academia. We are now finalising our findings and recommendations about how the Mayor’s housing goals might most effectively be supported, both immediately and over the longer term…. Read More

Building relationships with central and local government, blog from our roundtable event

On 16 May LSE London hosted a roundtable on ‘building relationships between the Mayor and GLA and central and local government’. Attendees included participants from local authorities, the GLA, think tanks and central government and the discussion centred on the relative powers of the Mayor, the boroughs and central government and how these might be harnessed to help achieve the new Mayor’s housing objectives. The most positive finding was that a great… Read More

LSE London Seminar: Housing Strategies for the New Mayor

Over the last 18 months, LSE London has been discussing with experts from government, industry and academia about how to accelerate the supply of new housing in London. We now have a new Mayor with the remit to double the housing output in London and to ensure that Londoners are the ones that benefit. There are enormous challenges. What have been rather wide sweeping policy commitments have to be turned into detailed implementation… Read More

Next London Mayor should work with Wider South East to rethink the green belt, says Ian Gordon in Centre for Cities blog

Ian Gordon says that whoever becomes the next mayor must recognise the need to work with London’s neighbours to tackle the region’s housing shortages. What role does the green belt can the green belt play in addressing London’s housing crisis? The original blog entry appeared in Centre for Cities. Click here to read the entire blog. ‘Ahead of the election on 5th May, the various London mayoral candidates have been keen to emphasise… Read More

‘Will the new London Mayor have the powers necessary to tackle the housing crisis?’ Christine Whitehead comments for Centre for Cities

Christine Whitehead claims that some of the election promises made by Khan and Goldsmith in the London mayoral race may make building homes more difficult. Once the mayor has been elected many of the electoral promises will need to be turned into implementable policies. Whitehead comments on what may be workable within the new mayor’s first term. The original blog entry appeared in Centre for Cities. Click here to read the entire… Read More

Innovative construction methods

Across London a few bold local authorities and charities have commissioned new housing built using innovative techniques such as modular prefabrication, where the units are stacked like Lego. These developments have an undeniable ‘gadgety’ appeal—but could they be a game changer? Could they overcome long-held negative attitudes to prefabrication, and provide cheaper, better housing—and faster? As part of our project on Accelerating Housing Production in London, on 24 February LSE London hosted… Read More

Mayoral hustings debate summary: ‘Why I should be Mayor of London Tomorrow’

On Thursday 28 January, 2016, LSE London and London Chamber of Commerce & Industry co-hosted the first mayoral hustings titled ‘Why I should be Mayor of London Tomorrow’, a public debate amongst the candidates from main political parties. The event was arranged by London Tomorrow, a thought leadership initiative to lay out thoughts seeking to inform and influence local politicians on issues concerning London. Tony Travers introduced the event noting that this… Read More