Christine Whitehead

Christine Whitehead

Emeritus Professor of Housing Economics, LSE

Professor Christine Whitehead is Emeritus Professor in Housing Economics at the London School of Economics. 

Christine is an internationally respected applied economist concentrating mainly in the fields of housing economics, finance and policy.  She has worked with a wide range of international agencies as well as regularly for the UK government and Parliament. She was Director of the Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research from 1990 to 2010 as well as Professor at LSE.

Major themes in her recent research have included analysis of the relationship between planning and housing; regulation and rented housing; the role of private renting in European housing systems; financing social housing in the UK and Europe; and more broadly the application of economic concepts and evaluation techniques to questions of public resource allocation. Latterly a particular issue has been around accelerating housing development in London.

She was joint editor with Kathleen Scanlon and Melissa Fernandez of Social Housing in Europe, published by Wiley Blackwell in 2015. Her latest books, Milestones in European Housing Finance jointly edited with Jens Lunde and Planning Gain: Providing Infrastructure and Affordable Housing, jointly edited with Tony Crook and John Hennebury were published in 2016.

She is special advisor to the Housing, Communities and Local Government Select Committee including, in this session, inquiries into Land Value Capture; housing for the elderly; and the private rented sector. She is currently a member of the Letwin panel on build out rates. She was awarded the OBE for services to housing in 1991.