Laura Lane, Research Officer for CASE and LSE Housing and Communities, talks about some of the recent projects undertaken by the housing team, including cladding tower blocks to reduce fuel poverty and in depth interviews with social housing tenants affected by the current welfare reforms.
LSE Housing and Communities is a research unit within the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE) at the London School of Economics led by Professor Anne Power. LSE Housing and Communities explores the effects of poverty and social disadvantage, particularly from a neighbourhood and community perspective. We explore the impact of public policy on poor areas over time. We aim to understand social realities and social change within communities - housing and neighbourhood problems and needs; ways to support tenants and improve landlord services; experiments in resident and community self-help action. Our work informs government policy both centrally and locally. We work closely with a wide range of social landlords and community organisations, local authorities, the devolved regions, public bodies, charities and universities in the UK, across Europe and in the US.
We investigate the impact of poor neighbourhood and area conditions on families, children and older residents; we document the roles that front-line staff and local residents play in regenerating and improving their communities, and explore why efforts to tackle severe problems sometimes fail.
We have thirty years of research experience in low-income areas, covering housing, regeneration, family life, communities, urban issues and sustainable development. Our work on sustainable development covers the role of housing and the built environment in climate change, the consequences of suburban sprawl, the cost of environmental damage, the recovery of urban communities and difficult estates through neighbourhood renewal.
Our areas of expertise and interest are:
Social problems and social action
Climate change and sustainable development
Cities and international experience of recovery
What We Offer
We offer the following services to central government, research funders, charitable trusts, voluntary organisations, local authorities, social landlords, neighbourhood-based organisations, and others:
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