UCL Grand Challenges


Re-thinking Housing

Re-thinking Housing draws on contributions from individuals across the University, in Development Planning, Philosophy, Economics, Archaeology, Science Technology and Engineering and Public Policy.

Housing Crisis Series

1 March 2016

Re-thinking Housing

This initiative builds upon a partnership between Neil May (Bartlett Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering) and Professor Nick Gallent (Bartlett School of Planning).

The starting point of the work was a challenge to the orthodoxy that supply-side measures, in short simply building more houses, can solve the current housing crisis. The analysis revealed that in focusing on supply the demand side of the equation often gets lost. So far this initiative has produced a joint paper, currently in submission, that examines the emphasis on supply-side measures to England's housing crisis against the background of increasing demand-side pressures due the financialisation of housing, credit liberalisation and money creation all of which has placed upward pressure on house prices.

UCL Housing Crisis Blogs

The housing crisis facing London and the rest of the UK is one of the most pressing issues in British politics today. The Grand Challenge of Sustainable Cities, in collaboration with UCL Public Policy, has commissioned a number of prominent UCL academics to present the latest thinking on the issue. 

New Paper from the Rethinking Housing Team - Whose Housing Crisis? 

Thinking Small to Think Big - New Paper from the Rethinking Housing Team 

Building more houses cannot solve the housing crisis - New Paper from the Rethinking Housing Team 

Demolition or refurbishment of social housing in London - New Paper from Rethinking Housing Team