Our impact

In 2019, we published 11 research reports, hosted 30 events and secured widespread media coverage for our ideas. But publishing research doesn't automatically result in change – we work hard to ensure that our ideas have an impact.

What we achieved in 2019

By undertaking research, staging events, convening and influencing, we advocate for new policies that have the potential to transform London for the better. We identify routes to change policy and practices and look to deepen understanding of the challenges facing the capital. Our latest annual report gives a snapshot of some of the ways we’ve helped the capital over the past year. 

READ OUR 2019 Annual Report

We influenced policymaking

In 2019, we submitted evidence to government hearings, independent commissions, and local government committees. Our work was referenced in Select Committee reports, discussed during Mayor’s Question Time and informed local authority strategies and our recommendations have been adopted by central and local government. 

We strengthened ties with local government and research partners

In 2019, we partnered with over 10 research organisations, campaign groups and think tanks including the Northern Powerhouse Partnership and King’s College London. Local authorities across London continue to value our insights and ideas. In 2019, 11 boroughs supported the Centre by co-funding our research. We also partnered with the Greater London Authority, Transport for London and London Councils. Together, we coordinated open letters, co-hosted roundtables and organised major conferences. 

We hosted high profile events

Our events continued to attract high profile speakers and attendees. Nearly 1,500 people attended our events, and 160 experts spoke at our conferences, public events, and roundtables. 10 per cent of speakers were elected officials or Deputy Mayors for London.  

The London Conference 2019 attracted a record number of attendees. Speakers included Mayor of London, former Deputy Prime Minister Lord Heseltine and economist, broadcaster and writer Linda Yueh as well as a series of interviews with the mayoral candidates ahead of the 2020 elections. 

We grew our audience

Our experts spoke at over 65 external events. Over 15 million people read about our work in the media and 59,000 people received a printed copy or downloaded our reports online. Our Twitter following grew to over 15,500. And our experts were invited to join commissions and networks, Ben Rogers, for example, became a Commissioner of Brent Council Poverty Commission and a Member of Hammersmith & Fulham’s Industrial Strategy Board. 

The foundations of our impact

Further details of our impact can be found in previous annual reports. These also include information about our funders.

2018 Annual report







"Centre for London is making a real impact. Not only in terms of influencing the debate, but in shaping the approach taken by policymakers to the challenges facing our city."

Sadiq Khan | Mayor of London

"Centre for London’s report makes a welcome contribution to the debate on road user charging, which can have a positive impact on a city but also needs to keep pace with the changing needs of our residents."

Cllr Julian Bell, Chair of Transport and Environment Committee | London Councils

"Centre for London’s More, Better, Together report is brimming with great ideas for how we can work together across funding sectors, alongside the generosity of Londoners, to better direct time and money where it’s needed most."

James Banks, Director | London Funders

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Our work

By undertaking research, staging events, convening and influencing, our work aims to help national and London government to solve the capital's challenges.