Getting ahead of the curve: Addressing housing needs in rapidly growing cities

Past Event London School of Economics Cities and Cities that Work

Across the developing world, the pace of urbanisation has outstripped the ability of governments to facilitate decent, affordable housing for citizens.

With the price of private housing developments making them out of reach for middle-income households, urban growth in these rapidly growing cities has largely occurred through unplanned, low-density, and low-quality housing. As a result, citizens are unable to access basic services and amenities that affect their quality of life. At the same time, cities are missing a key ingredient for the effective clustering of individuals and firms that make cities engines for growth.

In this context, many city governments are asking: how can policy help to address the growing gap between housing supply and rising demands? Can public housing schemes address the need of low-income residents? How can policy be used to unleash private housing markets equipped for the demands of these cities?

Video and audio recordings of the event are available here.

This event is part of the LSE Festival: Beveridge 2.0 and is co-hosted with LSE Cities.


8-9 pm, Friday, 23 February 2018


Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE