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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

Listen to the podcast:

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]

LSE Housing and Communities, and the National Communities Resource Centre Special Event
Obstacles and Opportunities: Today's Children; Tomorrow's Families - 30 March 2011

Date: Wednesday 30th March 2011
Location: National Communities Resource Centre, Trafford Hall, Chester

Trafford Hall Website:

This event is sponsored by the LSE HEIF 4 Bid Fund, and CASE
Obstacles and Opportunities is a short report based on what 200 parents told us over a ten year period of visiting them in their homes in low-income urban areas.

The report is written by Anne Power, Nicola Serle, and Helen Willmot and is now available to download in Adobe PDF format.
Summary of the event:
How do disadvantaged families overcome educational handicaps and uncover opportunities for their children to progress? This workshop will mark the launch of a new report from LSE Housing and Communities: Obstacles and Opportunities which discusses changing neighbourhood conditions, community and family life, educational hurdles and children's needs. In this workshop we want to explore key findings on social capital, children's services and crime prevention; and we would love you to join us for this challenging event. Children's and young people's experiences of school, training and work reveal what helps and where the gaps are. The workshop will include sessions on:
  • schools and education;
  • physical and mental wellbeing;
  • children's services and supports, particularly early years and families;
  • youth, crime and anti-social behaviour linked to play, open space and leisure;
  • work, training opportunities and poverty;
  • social capital and community volunteering.
We will discuss the way cutbacks will affect disadvantaged communities and what can be done to close the gaps in society that are widening.

The National Communities Resource Centre provides training and support to thousands of residents and frontline organisations in low-income communities across the country to develop 'know-how', confidence and practical ideas for positive action within their local communities. It is the ideal base for our workshop because of its long-run Family Learning and Playing 2 learn programmes. Our workshops at Trafford Hall attract a wide range of policy and practice leaders, alongside community representatives, which bring together real expertise and experience.

News Posted: 09 March 2011      [Back to the Top]

LSE Housing and Communities Event
Community Survival Depends on Community Infrastructure

Date: Tuesday 15th February 2011

Location: National Communities Resource Centre, Trafford Hall, Chester

Trafford Hall Website:

This event is sponsored by the LSE HEIF 4 Bid Fund, EAGA and by British Gas.
HEIF, EAGA and British Gas logos
Summary of the event:
Reinvestment in the existing urban infrastructure within communities will help the UK reduce CO2 emissions and become more sustainable. This has many benefits including tackling fuel poverty, re-linking poorer existing communities with wider city networks, combating sprawl and enhancing community inclusion. Households don't exist as islands - many of the wider infrastructure problems of waste, water, energy, transport have to be tackled at community level along with crime, security, green spaces, traffic calming and social integration. Many key questions are yet to be answered:
  • How can we supply sustainable, renewable energy at community level?
  • How can we reduce energy demand?
  • How can we conserve water and reduce waste to zero?
  • How can we make existing places so attractive that greenfield building becomes an even smaller goal?
The Sustainable Development Commission, with backing from CLG, DECC and the HCA carried out a fascinating study, showcasing learning from over 80 model community projects around the UK.

LSE Housing and Communities will host this productive workshop to discuss the successes and difficulties communities face in developing greater resilience, given the localism agenda and the energy imperatives confronting us. Many social landlords are paving the way in addressing community infrastructure needs and this workshop will tap into the latest knowledge and experience of those working around the UK on community level renewal , and will push forward the beacon ideas that arose from the SDC study, looking at how the voluntary, and community sector can contribute alongside policy makers and practitioners in a climate of austerity, energy uncertainties and social pressures. We hope to develop an action plan of what needs to happen next.

The workshop will be practical, delivery-orientated and focused on the importance of local upgrading of neighbourhoods across the UK. It will consolidate current knowledge, and develop and present detailed case studies to show the relevance and potential of the Community Infrastructure Reinvestment approach. It is particularly timely with the government's strong focus on neighbourhoods and devolution of control.

Specific questions to be addressed at the workshop include:
  • Why is community infrastructure so vital to our survival and so important to energy saving?
  • What are the core ingredients of community infrastructure? What sustains a sense of place?
  • How can we adapt community infrastructure to current environmental and social need? What role can communities play?
  • What practical policy options do local authorities, housing associations, energy companies and government have?

News Posted: 14 January 2011      [Back to the Top]


LSE Housing and Communities Event
Poor Areas and Poor Health: Health inequalities and the built environment - 24th November 2010

An action planning workshop following the Marmot Review of Health

Date and Time: Wednesday 24th November 2010

Location: National Communities Resource Centre, Trafford Hall, Chester

Trafford Hall Website:


Summary of the event:
This workshop will bring together ground level experts from low income areas, policy makers in public health, primary care and government to work out how neighbourhood approaches to area and health problems together can create healthier, more sustainable communities, involving communities directly in making places better.

The Marmot Review on Health Inequalities Task Group on Area Inequalities and Poor Health found that children in disadvantaged areas have up to four times less green and play space, up to double the amount of traffic, and up to five times the number of car accidents compared with the average. There are many other indirect health consequences of area decay such as empty buildings, provoking aggression, vandalism and anti-social behaviour among young people, causing mental distress and anxiety in whole communities. Derelict sites cause rubbish dumping and other kinds of abuse that can lead to infestations, fire risk and depression.

The workshop is extremely timely as it anticipates the Public Health White Paper. Preventive Health is likely to be a major priority in the future, and this workshop will help to pave the way for this. It will be of great interest to housing associations, local authorities, local police services, schools and other educational bodies, voluntary sector organisations, churches and faith groups, and community groups, as well as health services. We will be showcasing not just the ideas of the Marmot Review itself, but also beacon health initiatives that have contributed to creating better communities and healthier conditions already. There is a lot to learn and a lot to do.

The workshop is not about high cost transformation, unlike major regeneration schemes that run over 10-20 years. It will focus much more on how we organise and manage our existing assets and resources, how we deploy effort at the front line and how we unleash community-oriented initiatives that can help disadvantaged communities. There are many ideas out there that are not normally linked to public health, and that is exactly what we want this workshop to achieve. For sustainable places depend as much on people as on place, and healthy communities, the main target of public health, are a shared responsibility. We all pay the price if we fail.

News Posted: 18 October 2010      [Back to the Top]

LSE Housing & Communities and the National Communities Resource Centre invite you to an exciting and important one-day workshop on Community Energy Saving

25th May 2010.

Date and Time: Tuesday 25th May 2010, 9am-5pm

Location: National Communities Resource Centre, Trafford Hall,
Ince Lane, Wimbolds Trafford, Near Chester, CH2 4JP

Trafford Hall Website:

Aim of workshop:
Energy saving be will be a high priority in UK policy whatever the outcome of the election this week. The Department for Energy and Climate Change’s energy saving strategy has cross-party support. Many policies are already coming into play, but delivery is proving incredibly difficult. Therefore the Government will rely on local authorities, housing associations and community based organisations to deliver new energy saving programmes.

Community energy saving dominates this agenda for many reasons:
  • It means lots of new, easy access jobs for young people offering training, new skills and a boost, to local economies.

  • It will put local authorities and housing associations at the forefront of the shift to more localised energy supply, use and saving.

  • It will involve communities directly, because of the imperative to tackle fuel poverty, to upgrade the existing stock and to help energy saving. The steep rise in energy prices has a major impact on low income communities, and on the whole population.

  • A follow-through to Decent Homes is in the offing. This reinvestment programme will not involve large amounts of money per property, since the costs of upgrading are much lower than any newbuild or regeneration scheme. Applied over the very large stock of rented housing and low income owner-occupied housing in deprived areas, it is a massive injection of money. It will create many jobs on the ground through small repairs and building firms, and through suppliers of materials and equipment to training and accreditation bodies.

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Download the draft programme for this event in Adobe PDF format.

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News Updated: 04 May 2010      [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 more details please see the Phoenix Cities flyer (in Adobe PDF format)

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


8th December: The Great British Refurb Workshop:

40% energy reduction in homes and communities by 2020 -
Can we do it?

Date: Tuesday 8th December 2009
Location: The Shaw Library, Old Building, LSE
Contact: Nicola Serle. Email: Tel: 020 7955 6684


The UK government has announced an ambitious programme to upgrade all our existing stock of 25 million homes by 2030, cutting at least 60% off our energy bills. This would involve upgrading 25,000 homes a week! Yet we are very far from putting in place either the advice, the funding or the technical support that is needed to householders to achieve this.

At the same time, the UN Copenhagen Summit looms and the UK Government has committed itself to cutting energy in the immediate future, 20% by 2020, and by more if other countries sign up. We know that energy saving in buildings will get us 50% of the way towards our target, and we know that energy saving in buildings is straightforward if only people know how.

These are the challenging topics we will be debating on the 8th December with leading government representatives, German experts, funding bodies and active practitioners. The workshop is supported by the Department for Communities and Local Government, the Department for Energy and Climate Change, The Grantham Institute for Climate Change, the World Wildlife Fund, the Existing homes Alliance, the Higher Education Innovation Fund 4 and the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion.
For further information please contact Nicola Serle at LSE by email or by calling 020 7955 6684.

News Posted: 11 November 2009      [Back to the Top]

29th-30th June: Climate Change Begins at Home:

Making energy saving accessible, affordable and achievable.

The event includes:

A seminar on 29th June and a workshop on 30th June at Trafford Hall, Chester; and a site visit on 30th June to the HCA Award Winning Daneville Estate in Liverpool.

LSE Housing is organising their 4th seminar on energy saving in homes and communities to be held on 29th-30th June at the National Communities Resource Centre. This event is essential for local authorities, housing associations, businesses, NGOs and other organisations and individuals working to reduce energy use and carbon emissions. It includes presentations from leading experts in the field, workshop sessions with people who are working on current projects, a tour of energy saving experiments at the Centre and a site visit to the HCA award winning Daneville Estate in Liverpool.


For further information please contact Nicola Serle at LSE by email or by calling 020 7955 6330.

News Posted: 15 June 2009      [Back to the Top]


LSE Housing and The Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment

LSE Housing + Graham Research Institute

Can Existing Homes and Communities halve their CO² Emissions? Learning from Germany's Experience

Chaired by:
  • Jonathon Porritt, Chair, Sustainable Development Commission and Founder Director, Forum for the Future,

  • Colin Butfield, Head of Campaigns, WWF and Chair, Existing Homes Alliance, and

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

This event took place at:

Dates and Venues:

Date: 10th December 2008
Venue: London School of Economics
Time: 9.15am - 4.30pm (registration 8.45am - 9.15am)

Download the Final Programme for this event in Adobe PDF format.

View the presentations given at this event in Adobe PDF format

News Posted: 28 Dec 2008      [Back to the Top]

LSE Housing Seminar and CASE Seminar
'Teach in' on Energy and Existing Homes: Restoring neighbourhoods and slowing climate change

'Teach in'on Energy and Existing Homes:

Restoring neighbourhoods and slowing climate change

A seminar/workshop organised by LSE Housing and CASE, sponsored by HOME group

Read the Seminar report of this event published as Paper No' CASEreport 56, July 2008 Full paper (pdf)

Dates and Venues:

Date: Friday 6th June 2008
Venue: Michio Morishima conference room (R505), 5th floor LSE Research Laboratory, Lionel Robbins Building, London School of Economics
Time: 9.00am-1.30pm (registration & breakfast 8.30-8.55am; lunch from 1.30pm)

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Date: Thursday 26th June 2008
Venue: Trafford Hall, Chester
Time: 10.30am-3.15pm (registration 09.45am; lunch from 1.15pm)

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Homes already built account for 99 per cent of our total housing stock and we estimate that 86 per cent of the current stock will still be in use in 2050. Building new homes is carbon intensive and carries many wider environmental impacts. But the existing stock can be made more efficient at a reasonable cost to realise many environmental and social gains. Homes are responsible for 27 per cent of our total CO2 emissions through their energy use, half of public water use, and they generate 8 per cent of total UK waste. Large savings can be achieved using technologies that are readily available, cost effective and cheaper than many alternatives. In addition, construction waste contributes 33 per cent of the total UK waste stream.

This workshop will explore how to retrofit the existing stock. It will demonstrate the links between neighbourhood renewal, social cohesion and energy conservation and we are aiming for an interactive and topical event. Participants include managers of existing homes, regeneration companies, local authorities, and housing association as well as policy makers. The workshop will share experience on how to make the existing stock both more attractive and more energy efficient with big gains for the environment and communities.

The seminar will provide:
  • state of the art advice on how to upgrade existing buildings and homes
  • animated case studies to inspire participants and shed light on the problems
  • networking opportunities with people who are trying to tackle this difficult, but vitally important issue
  • top ideas on where to go next
Tackling resource efficiency in existing homes requires a comprehensive package of measures to deliver a step change. But the payback from implementing these changes will be great.

sponsored by Home

News Posted: 06 June 2008      [Back to the Top]

LSE Housing and CASE Special Event
The American Election and the State of the American Economy

Speaker: Bruce Katz, Vice President Brookings Institution and founding director of the Metropolitan Policy Program; Visiting Professor, London School of Economics

Wednesday 27th February 4.30-6pm, followed by an informal reception

Michio Morishima Conference Room (R505), 5th floor, Lionel Robbins Building, Portugal Street, LSE, WC2A 2AE

We are delighted to welcome back Bruce Katz from the Brookings Institution who will offer his insights into the American Election and the state of the American Economy. His close involvement with Democratic politics, and city and state governments across the US will make this an exciting and up-to-the-minute seminar. Bruce Katz was Chief of Staff to Henry Cisneros (Secretary of State for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development) in the Clinton administration. He is a Visiting Professor in CASE at the London School of Economics and an ex-LSE student.

Trafford Hall Community Seminar
DIY Community Action: Neighbourhood problems and community self-help

Organised in conjunction with the University of Manchester and the London School of Economics, the 'DIY Community Action' seminar will take place on

Monday 10th - Tuesday 11th March 2008

at the National Communities Resource Centre, Trafford Hall

Ince Lane, Wimbolds Trafford, Near Chester, CH2 4JP

Community engagement is hot on the policy agenda. But the promotion of community action continues to raise a huge number of questions for people working in neighbourhoods, for policy makers, for politicians, and for residents themselves: Is it patronising residents to talk of community self-help? What legitimacy do community representatives have? What stimulates people to get involved? Does it matter that only a minority are involved? What is the relevance of community given a fast changing society? How can participatory democracy and representative democracy work together? How can we promote engagement? What relevance and value does small-scale community activity have?

This exciting seminar event offers some answers to these questions, a chance to debate the issue, see what others have done, and develop new policy and practice ideas.

About the Book
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

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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.

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

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  • Book Launch: City Survivors: Bringing up children in disadvantaged neighbourhoods 22nd November 2007

  • Communities Under Threat Think Tank organised by LSE Housing at Trafford Hall on behalf of Homes Under Threat, 21st June 2007

  • Tenant Consultation following the publication of "Ends and Means: The Future Roles of Social Housing in England" organised by LSE Housing at Trafford Hall, 20th July 2007

  • Jigsaw Cities: Big places, small spaces, book launch, 14th March 2007

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  • 'Consultation with tenants on the future of social housing at Trafford Hall' 30th October, 2006

  • Stock Take: Delivering Improvements in existing housing, LSE Housing and the Sustainable Development Commission, 21st July 2006

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  • 'The changing face of poverty - are poor areas improving?' LSE Housing Seminar, 14th November 2005

  • Demolition and Renewal Community Workshop, organised by LSE Housing at Trafford Hall, 21st July 2005

  • Sustainable Buildings: The Challenge of the Existing Stock, LSE Housing and the Sustainable Development Commission, 28th April, 2005

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