Experiencing Density: Report Launch

Hosted by LSE Cities and LSE London

Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House, 99 Aldwych, London WC2B 6HP


Kath Scanlon

Kath Scanlon

Distinguished Policy Fellow, LSE London

Loretta Lees

Loretta Lees

Professor of Human Geography, University of Leicester

Sripriya Sudhakar

Sripriya Sudhakar

Head of Regeneration, London Borough of Tower Hamlets

Bob Allies

Bob Allies

Architect and Founding Partner, Allies and Morrison


Ricky Burdett

Ricky Burdett

Director, LSE Cities

Dense new towers, courtyard blocks and riverside homes are appearing across London, but there has been little research asking residents themselves what works and what doesn’t. Since 2016, a team of LSE researchers has been investigating how residents experience living in high-density housing.  

At this report launch event, the researchers will present findings about life in 14 high-density schemes across the capital.  They will be joined by architect Bob Allies, Professor Loretta Lees, and Tower Hamlets head of regeneration Sripriya Sudhakar, who will respond to the report and open a discussion about what it means for the future of London housing.

Findings from the research are presented in a user-friendly format on the project's website, which includes visual depictions and key facts from each of the 14 housing schemes.  



Kath Scanlon (@KathJScanlon) is Distinguished Policy Fellow at LSE London.

Loretta Lees (@LorettaCLees) is Professor of Human Geography in the Department of Geography at the University of Leicester.

Sripriya Sudhakar is Head of Regeneration at London Borough of Tower Hamlets.

Bob Allies is an architect and a founding partner of Allies and Morrison.


Ricky Burdett (@BURDETTR) is Professor of Urban Studies at LSE and Director of the Urban Age and LSE Cities.



LSE Cities is an international research centre at the LSE that investigates the complexities of the contemporary city. It carries out research, graduate and executive education, and advisory activities in London and abroad, with an emphasis on social equity and environmental sustainability. LSE Cities hosts a wide range of international conferences, public lecture series, seminars, and awards, and works to consolidate a growing network of urban experts.

LSE London is a research centre at the LSE that focuses on the economic and social issues of the London region, as well as the problems and possibilities of other urban and metropolitan regions. The centre has a strong international reputation particularly in the fields of labour markets, social and demographic change, housing, finance, and governance, and it is the leading academic centre for analyses of city-wide developments in London.

Twitter Hashtag for this event: #LSEDensity