Research and Ideas

Homes and Places

London faces an acute shortage of affordable housing, eroding living standards and undermining the economy. Housing poverty, overcrowding and homelessness have risen. Many homes and neighbourhoods suffer from poor design and planning, and communities feel shut out from the way their city is changing. Our work identifies new ways to make London’s housing more affordable, greener and better quality, bringing people into the heart of planning and promoting the character, vitality and sustainability of London’s different places.


Environment and Transport

London’s transport infrastructure is under increasing strain and public transport costs remain high. Cars dominate London's roads, contributing to air pollution, congestion and road danger, and degrading the public realm. London also needs to face up to the global climate emergency by minimising its contribution to climate change and adapting to its consequences – in everything from transport, to construction, to economic and population growth. We’re working to reduce the city’s carbon emissions,improve its air quality and build transport systems that work for Londoners and for London.


Skills, Work and Good Business

London’s labour market is rapidly evolving and too many Londoners are barred from the opportunities the city offers. Skills gaps hamper employers and workers alike. Low paid and poor quality jobs leave many people struggling to get by or advance. Pockets of unemployment persist. And these challenges may intensify as the continues to transform. Our research looks at ways to support economic recovery, enable all the citizens to share in the city’s success, and establish London as a global centre for impact investment, and creative and responsible business.


Health and Wellbeing

We're widening our research scope to look at improving the physical and mental health of all Londoners, and tackling the economic, social and environmental factors that underpin the city’s health inequalities.


London, UK and the world

London's position as a global city is vulnerable to the fast-changing global economy and the uncertainties of Brexit. Concerns about regional balance within the UK throw London's role into question. Our work seeks to sustain London’s global status and strengthen its contribution to the UK, through greater devolution, governance reform, and building strong partnerships between government, civil society and business.


1 March 2018 – 31 December 2021

London ideas London’s future depends on its ability to reflect, reinvent and innovate.

Steve Keiretsu


18 July 2017 – 31 December 2021

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