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'Dublin can learn from London's acceleration of residential development'

Skills shortages and land supply are two major challenges for sector, warns housing expert

4th November, 2016
Kath Scanlon

What's your name?

Kath Scanlon

What is your organisation, what does it do and what position do you hold?

The London School of Economics - the world’s leading social science university. I’m Assistant Professorial Research Fellow at LSE London, a research centre that does housing and metropolitan research.

How long have you held your current role?

2 years…but I’ve been at LSE for 16.

What are your day to day responsibilities?

Interviewing developers or tenants or politicians, conducting focus groups, visiting construction sites or factories or new developments, then thinking, reading and writing about those things.

What is your professional background and experience?

I’m an economist and planner but my first degree is in Spanish literature. I’ve worked as a diplomat, a publisher, and a local government officer and have lived in seven countries. I have a wide range of research interests including comparative housing policy (across all tenures – social and private rented housing as well as owner-occupation), mortgage finance and urban development; I’ve written extensively about Britain’s private rented sector and the role of new corporate landlords. I’ve worked with a number of UK and international institutions including the Council of Europe Development Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank and Denmark’s Realdania Foundation (a philantrophic organisation established to improve the built environment).

Tell me about yourself away from work?

I have lots of kids and even more bicycles.

Tell us something very few people know about you?

I used to be an authority on petroleum production facilities in Kuwait.

You are speaking at the Residential Property Summit conference. What are you speaking about?

What Dublin can learn from the challenges of accelerating residential development in London. Over the last 18 months at the LSE we have been discussing how to accelerate the supply of new housing in London with experts from government, industry and academia.

What challenges do you see for the sector?

I can only assume they are similar to London’s - skills shortages and land supply are two big ones.

Where would you like to see the industry in 10 years time?

I’d like to see a much greater diversity of suppliers and of residential product types.

Kath Scanlon, Assistant Professorial Research Fellow at LSE London will be speaking at The Sunday Business Post Residential Property Summit on December 6 at the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Golden Lane, Dublin. See www.propertysummit.ie for further details.

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