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Professor Tony Travers

Tony Travers is Professor in the School of Public Policy and Director of LSE London.

His key research interests include local and regional government, elections and public service reform. Professor Travers’ knowledge is frequently sought by policy makers and he has advised a range of select committees and think tanks. He also provides expert analysis for broadcast and print media, regularly appearing on major television and radio networks.



Professor Christine Whitehead

Professor Christine Whitehead is the Deputy Director of LSE London. Christine is an applied economist whose research is well-known in both academic and policy circles and is Emeritus Professor of Housing Economics at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Christine has conducted an extensive programme of research on various aspects of the housing market, with special reference to housing finance and subsidies, social housing provision and land use planning, as well as on urban, industrial policy and privatisation issues. Major themes in her recent research have included analysis of the relationship between planning and housing, notably with respect to the S106 policy; housing needs assessments; the role and financing of social housing in the UK and Europe; developments in private finance; policy evaluation; and more generally the application of economic concepts and techniques to questions of public resource allocation with respect to housing, education, policing and urban regeneration.


Kath Scanlon

Kathleen Scanlon is Deputy Director and Research Fellow at LSE London.

Kath has a wide range of research interests including comparative housing policy (across all tenures–social and private rented housing as well as owner-occupation), comparative mortgage finance, and migration. Her research is grounded in economics but also draws on techniques and perspectives from other disciplines including geography and sociology, and aims to improve the evidence base for policy decisions at national and local levels. She is widely published, and recently edited Social Housing in Europe, published by Wiley in 2014. She has worked with a number of national and international institutions including the Council of Europe Development Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank and Denmark’s Realdania foundation.


Professor Ian Gordon

Ian joined the Department Geography & Environment as Professor of Human Geography in September 2000. Prior to this, he spent eleven years as Professor of Geography at Reading University, before which he taught in Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Kent, where he directed the Urban and Regional Studies Unit. His main research interests have been in urban development and policies, spatial labour markets, migration and spatial interaction, particularly in the context of major metropolitan regions. He led the team carrying out the London ‘integrative city study’ for ESRC’s Cities, Competitiveness and Cohesion Programme. In April 2004 he was the academic convenor for the Leverhulme International Symposium at the LSE on The Resurgent City. He is currently a member of the Mayor’s Outer London Commission; and the Department of Communities and Local Government’s Regeneration and Economic Development Analysis Expert Panel.

Dr Alan Mace

Dr Alan Mace joined the Department of Geography & Environment at LSE in 2010. Prior to this, he combined practise and academic work. As a spatial planner in London, he worked on policy development and has considerable experience of community involvement in planning. He combined this with his role as Senior Lecturer at the University of Westminster, before which he was a Research Fellow at UCL. Alan’s research interests include planning cultures and socio-cultural aspects of housing including second homes and suburban cultures. He is also focused on planning policy in the UK, in particular, green belt, density and the use of Brownfield land. Alan also has a focus on London. He is part of the LSE London research group for which he organises an annual seminar series.


Dr Nancy Holman

Dr Nancy Holman is one of the programme officers for LSE London. She is currently an Associate Professor of Urban Planning and the Director of the MSc in Regional and Urban Planning Studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Nancy joined the Department of Geography & Environment at LSE in August 2008 having previously managed the MSc in Housing and Regeneration in the Department of Social Policy. A planner by training she has a PhD in Urban Policy (University of Portsmouth, 1999) and an MSc in Community and Regional Planning (University of Texas, 1996). Her work deals primarily with issues of governance and local planning including sustainable development and community participation.

    Martina Rotolo

Martina is LSE London’s Research and  Communication Officer. She is currently a PhD Student in Planning Studies at UCL Bartlett School of Planning. 

Martina graduated from LSE and holds a MSc in Regional and Urban Planning Studies in 2020. Her dissertation focused on the analysis of the policy drivers that led to the emergence of new local governance structures to tackle food poverty in London. Before joining LSE, she graduated in Public Policies at LUISS Guido Carli University in Rome and worked in the fields of public affairs and social impact.


Dr Anne Theunissen

Anne is a Research Officer at LSE London. Her research interests include evaluation practices, the analysis of organisational processes and practices of organising, and examining vulnerable groups in organisations and society.

Prior to holding this position, Anne worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium), where she examined the societal impact of scientific research. She holds a PhD in Business Economics from Hasselt University (Belgium). For her doctoral research, she examined the structures of inequality with which workers with a migration background are confronted. She has published in a range of journals in the field of Critical Management Studies, including Work, Employment & Society, Culture & Organization and Gender, Work & Organization.

Adriana Gaganis

Adriana is a Research Assistant at LSE London.

Prior to this position, she worked as a Teaching Assistant and Research Assistant at the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, Canada. She holds a BA in Human Geography and Urban Studies and has recently completed her MSc in Regional and Urban Planning Studies at the London School of Economics. Her research interests revolve around housing policy, homelessness, and migrant resettlement as it is experienced in the urban context. Her experience working in refugee camps in Greece between 2015 and 2017 has informed her interest in understanding the experience of vulnerable and unhoused populations.


   Sarah Davis 

Sarah manages the finance and human resources for LSE London.

Sarah is also the Finance & Resourcing Coordinator for LSE Cities research centre which she joined in 2009. She is an ACCA qualified accountant and holds a BA in Sociology from the University of Reading. Sarah also volunteers as the Finance and Admin Officer for EduSpots, a UK charity that works in partnership with a Ghana national registered NGO to connect, train and equip local leaders to drive community-led change through education.


Dr Melissa Fernández Arrigoitia

Dr Melissa Fernández Arrigoitia is a Research Associate for LSE London and she carried out investigations on capital’s social, economic and political life, particularly around housing issues.

Melissa is also a lecturer in Birkbeck’s ‘Culture Diaspora Ethnicity’ MA and has taught gender and politics at Queen Mary University. She completed a PhD on the political, material and symbolic co-productions of public housing in Puerto Rico (LSE, Sociology-Cities) and has an MSc in Gender and International Development and a BA in Philosophy and Women’s Studies. She is interested in the links between housing displacement, urban development and activism; interdisciplinary approaches to processes of urban ‘othering’ including the imports of gender, race and postcolonial theories to cultural and urban studies; and in critical geographies of home. She has previously worked in the field of international human rights in the UK, U.S., and Puerto Rico.


Dr Ulises Moreno-Tabarez

Ulises is a Research Associate for LSE London. He holds a PhD in Human Geography and Urban Studies from the Geography & Environment Department at the LSE. His PhD research project examined critically the relationship between small charities, government policy, and migrants in London—with a particular focus on Latin American migrants.

Ulises holds a BA and MA in Rhetoric and Performance Studies from California State University, Los Angeles. His current research interests cluster around what he calls spectral geographies, spatial politics of presence and absence in relation to political-economic and cultural lifescapes. He is currently conducting ethnographic research in the Costa Chica of Guerrero, Mexico, examining processes of rural-urban development, state spectrality (intervention or lack thereof), and the politics of ethnicity in the region where there is a substantial population of Indigenous and Afro-descendant peoples.


Beth Crankshaw

Beth Crankshaw is Research Associate for LSE London. 

She is a Regional and Urban Planning alumna at LSE with a background in urban planning, GIS and remote sensing. She previously worked at the South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research in the Sustainable Human Settlements unit, and is currently working as a Data Scientist for the National Institute for Communicable Disease in South Africa.



Fanny Blanc

Fanny is a Research Associate at LSE London where she carried out policy-oriented analysis and public engagement in the fields of housing and urban planning.

She is co-author of several reports targeted at policymakers and practitioners including Residents’ experience of high-density housing in London and A 21st Century Metropolitan Green Belt. Fanny is also in charge of events at LSE London and has developed the ‘London Talks’ with Nancy Holman & Alan Mace since January 2019.

Fanny holds a BA from Sciences Po, a BSc from la Sorbonne and a dual MSc in Urban Policy from Sciences Po and the London School of Economics.