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LSE Housing and Communities Book Launch
Cities for a Small Continent: International Handbook of City Recovery by Professor Anne Power

LSE Housing and Communities, with support from La Fabrique de la Cité invites you to the launch of Anne Power's latest publication 'Cities for a Small Continent'. This book draws together 10 years of ground-level research into the ways Europe's ex-industrial cities are treading new paths in sustainability. Anne Power uses seven case-study cities to detail how and why city change happens, and how cities in the world's smallest, most crowded, most city-loving continent can build a more viable, balanced and sustainable urban future.

To purchase a copy of Cities for a Small Continent, please visit the Policy Press website

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Chaired by Professor Ricky Burdett, this event will explore the causes and consequences of urban challenges in post-industrial European cities and the potential that their model offers in creating more sustainable cities. Bruce Katz of the Brookings Institution will situate this study in a US-context whilst Anne Power will set out the European perspective. Speakers confirmed are:
  • Professor Ricky Burdett, LSE Cities
  • Professor Anne Power, LSE Housing and Communities and Professor of Social Policy
  • Bruce Katz, Centennial Scholar at the Brookings Institution
Cities for a Small Continent will be available to buy at the event. There will also be an opportunity to have your book signed by Anne Power and Bruce Katz.

The event is free but booking is essential. Please RSVP to to register your interest.

Old Theatre, Old Building, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, London WC2A 3PH

LSE Housing Special Event

News Posted: 24 May 2016      [Back to the Top]

Book Launch
All that is Solid: The Great Housing Disaster by Danny Dorling

Tuesday 18th March 2014, 6.30-8.00pm
A ground-breaking examination of the UK’s dangerous relationship with the housing market, and how easily it could, will, come crashing down

From “generation rent” to rising homelessness, the government’s Help to Buy scheme to the proposed “mansion tax”, and negative equity to the recent sell-off of a London council house for £3million, housing is the one issue that affects us all.
Housing was at the heart of the financial collapse, and in this ground-breaking new book, Danny Dorling argues that housing is the defining issue of our times.
Tracing how we got to our current crisis and how housing has come to reflect class and wealth in Britain, All That Is Solid radically shows that the solution to our problems - rising homelessness, a generation priced out of home ownership - is not, as is widely assumed, building more homes. Inequality, he argues, is what we really need to overcome.
Danny Dorling, Halford Mackinder Professor in Geography at the University of Oxford, will launch his new book All that is Solid: The Great Housing Disaster in a joint LSE Housing and Communities and CASE event at LSE on Tuesday 18th March (6.30-8.00pm) in TW1.G.01, Ground Floor, Tower One, Clements Passage, London WC2A 2AZ. This event is free but booking is essential. To request a seat for this event, please email or telephone 020 7955 6330.

“Dorling is that rare university professor: expert, politically engaged and able to explain simply why his subject matters. He describes modern Britain as the most unequal society since Dickens's times, and picks apart the orthodoxies that allow such unfairness.”                                                                     
Martin Wainwright, the Guardian

Danny Dorling: All that is Solid: The Great Housing Disaster
London: Allen Lane
Hardback £20.00 ISBN 9781846147159
E-book also available
Published on 27th February 2014
To order this book please see:

News Posted: 18 March 2014      [Back to the Top]

Book Launch - 5th July 2011
Family Futures

Date and Time: Tues 5th July 2011, 6.30-8pm, followed by an informal reception

Location: Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, 54 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London School of Economics, London, WC2A 3LJ

Rt Hon Margaret Hodge Member of Parliament for Barking.

Anne Power, Professor of Social Policy, London School of Economics.

Dr Katherine Rake Chief Executive, Family and Parenting Institute.

Jane Waldfogel, Professor of Social Work and Public Affairs at Columbia University School of Social Work and a visiting professor at the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion at the London School of Economics.

David Piachaud, Professor of Social Policy, London School of Economics (Chair).
Podcast and Presentations:

Family futures is about family life in areas of concentrated poverty and social problems where surrounding conditions make bringing up children more difficult and family life more fraught and limited. Home and neighbourhood carry special meaning for families, because where they live, how they fit in with their neighbours, and how their children grow up all intertwine, to build a sense of community. This timely book, by acclaimed author Anne Power and her team, is based on a unique longitudinal study of over 200 families interviewed annually over the last decade. It answers three important questions in the words of families themselves:
  • What challenges face families in poor areas?
  • How are the challenges being met?
  • Have government efforts helped or hindered progress over the past decade?
This event will have wide appeal to people who work with, live in and care about families and low-income areas.

Copies of the book can be purchased from Policy Press

For further information about this event, please contact

News Posted: 26 May 2011      [Back to the Top]

LSE Housing, LSE Cities and Joseph Rowntree Foundation Lecture, Debate and Book Launch
Phoenix Cities - surviving financial, social and environmental turmoil in Europe and the US?

Date: Tuesday 16th March 2010 18.00-19.45
Location: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, Lower Ground Floor, New Academic Building, London School of Economics
Cost: The event is free but a ticket is required
For tickets and further information please see:, or contact Anna Tamas, Email:


This lecture and debate mark the launch of a new book Phoenix Cities: The fall and rise of great industrial cities.
  • Lord Richard Rogers, international prize-winning architect, will offer his vision what the urban renaissance means for the 21st century;
  • Bruce Katz, Head of the Metropolitan Program and Vice-President of the Brookings Institution, Washington DC, will report on the future of divided US cities in Obama’s America;
  • Anne Power, Professor of Social Policy at the London School of Economics will outline the dramatic decline, turnaround and prospects of seven struggling European cities;
  • Julia Unwin, Chief Executive of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, will round-up the event.
This event will debate where next for Phoenix Cities, given the economic shocks, the pressures of climate change and the social inequalities that sharply divide struggling cities. A panel of city reformers from European cities will give their reactions to these questions and Sir Howard Davies, Director of the London School of Economics, will Chair the lecture.

For tickets and further information please see:, or contact Anna Tamas, Email: Phoenix Cities will be available to purchase at the event at a discounted rate of £20. Registration and refreshments will be from 5.15pm and a reception will follow the event 7.45-8.30pm.

For more details please see the Phoenix Cities flyer (in Adobe PDF format)

News Posted: 12 February 2010      [Back to the Top]

Book Launch
DIY Community Action: Neighbourhood Problems and Community Self-Help

Liz Richardson will launch her new publication 'DIY Community Action' - as part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science - with a seminar at LSE on -

Wednesday 12th March     4.30pm to 6.00pm

- in the Michio Morishima Conference Room (R505), 5th Floor, Research Laboratory, 10 Portugal Street, London WC2A 2HD.

This event is FREE but booking is essential.

An informal drinks reception will follow this event.

To request a seat for this event, please contact
Anna Tamas Email:; Tel: +44(0)20-7955-6562.

About the Book
How people can be persuaded to take more control of their own lives continues to be a subject of policy and academic debate, and the contribution of active citizens to improving societal well-being is high across different policy agendas. But the promotion of community self-help raises a wide range of questions for people working in neighbourhoods, for policy makers, for politicians, and for residents themselves about how we promote engagement, what would motivate people to become active, and more fundamentally about the ongoing relevance and value of community activity.

DIY Community Action offers thought-provoking answers to these questions, based on detailed real-life evidence from over 100 community groups, each trying to combat neighbourhood problems. It presents a lively challenge to the existing thinking on contested debates, and proposes ways forward for community building.

This timely publication is an engaging resource for policy makers, practitioners, academics, students and general readers interested in exploring community engagement and active citizenship.

Liz Richardson: DIY Community Action: Neighbourhood problems and community self-help. Bristol: Policy Press.

Paperback £23.99 ISBN 9781847420848 ---- Hardback £65.00 ISBN 9781847420855

To order this book please see

News Posted: 12 March 2008      [Back to the Top]

Book Launch
City Survivors: Bringing up children in disadvantaged neighbourhoods

Anne Power will launch her new publication City Survivors with a seminar at LSE on -

Thursday 22nd November

4.30pm to 6.00pm

- in the CEP Conference Room (R405), 4th Floor, Research Laboratory, 10 Portugal Street, London WC2A 2HD.

This event is FREE but booking is essential.

An informal drinks reception will follow the seminar.

To request a seat for this event, please contact:
Anna Tamas email:, tel: +44(0)20-7955-6562.

About the book:
City Survivors is based on yearly visits over seven years to two hundred families living in four highly disadvantaged city neighbourhoods, two in East London and two in Northern inner and outer city areas. Twenty four families explain over time from the inside, how neighbourhoods in and of themselves directly affect family survival. These stories convey powerful messages from parents about the problems they want tackled, and the things that would help.

The book offers original and in-depth, qualitative evidence in a readable and accessible form that will be invaluable to policy-makers, practitioners, university students, academics and general readers interested in the future of families in cities.

Anne Power: City Survivors: Bringing up children in disadvantaged neighbourhoods. Bristol: Policy Press.

Paperback £21.99 ISBN 9781847420497 ---- Hardback £60.00 ISBN 9781847420503

To order this book please see

News Posted: 22 November 2007      [Back to the Top]

Book Launch
Jigsaw cities: Big Places, Small Spaces

Jigsaw cities: Big places, small spaces

14 March 2007

by Anne Power and John Houghton

This new book explores Britain's intensely urban and increasingly global communities as interlocking pieces of a complex jigsaw; they are hard to see apart yet they are deeply unequal. How did our major cities become so divided? How do they respond to housing and neighbourhood decay?

Jigsaw Cities examines these issues using Birmingham, Britain's second largest city, as a model of pioneering urban order and as a victim of brutal Modernist planning.

Through a close look at major British cities, using Birmingham as a case study, the book explores:
  • the origins of Britain's acute urban decline and sprawling exodus;
  • the reasons why "one size doesn't fit all" in cities of the future;
  • the potential for smart growth, mixed communities and sustainable cities.
Based on live examples and hands-on experience, this extremely accessible book offers a unique 'insider' perspective on policy making and practical impacts. It will attract policymakers in cities and government as well as students, regeneration bodies, community organisations and environmental specialists.

Anne Power is Professor of Social Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science; Sustainable Development Commissioner responsible for regeneration and sustainable communities; member of the Government's Urban Task Force; author of books on cities, communities and marginal housing areas in the UK and abroad.

John Houghton was head of the Communities Division at the Neighbourhood Renewal Unit; a visiting research associate at CASE; and currently a Harkness scholar at the University of Minnesota. John Houghton worked as Anne Power's assistant during 2002-03 while Anne was Chair of the Independent Commission on the Future of Housing in Birmingham.

Read more at the Policy Press and download free sample chapters in Adobe PDF.
News Posted: 14 March 2007      [Back to the Top]

Book Launch
Twenty-five years on twenty estates: Turning the Tide?

The Policy Press has just published a new report in association with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation: Twenty-five years on twenty estates, by Rebecca Tunstall and Alice Coulter.

The report covers developments in 20 less popular and more problematic English council estates, based on four waves of research since 1980. It presents unique evidence of the impact of 25 years of social change and policy from Thatcher to Blair, a period in which the number of British council homes has halved, and social inequality and the standard of public services have become key political issues.

Read more at the Policy Press or download a FREE pdf version from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

Policy Press titles can also be ordered from:

Marston Book Services
PO Box 269
OX14 4YN
Tel: +44 (0)1235 465500
News Posted: 06 December 2006      [Back to the Top]