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Prof. Christine Whitehead

Prof. Christine Whitehead
Emeritus Professor of Housing Economics and Deputy Director of LSE London

Biography

Professor Christine Whitehead is an internationally respected applied economist working mainly in the fields of housing economics, finance and policy. She has worked with a wide range of international agencies as well as regularly for the UK government and Parliament. She was Director of the Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research from 1990 to 2010 as well as Professor at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Currently, she is Emeritus Professor of Housing Economics and Deputy Director of LSE London.

Major themes in her recent research have included the relationship between planning and housing; regulation in the private rented sector; barriers to increasing housebuilding; financing social housing in the UK and Europe and the evaluation of particular policies such as Help to Buy and the Homelessness Reduction Act. Latterly a particular issue has been around accelerating housing development in London.

She is special advisor to the Housing, Communities and Local Government Select Committee. She is a member of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Housing Commission.  She was awarded the OBE for services to housing in 1991.