Leadership tips for the new mayor, from London’s next leaders

Future London Leaders Round 11 came to a lively conclusion on 16th March with a series of fast-paced proposals for the next Mayor of London. Their ‘Key Question’ was: What are the most critical leadership criteria for a new Mayor to deliver a liveable London during his/her first term? Candidates’ creative presentations included ideas ranging from … [Read more...]

Communities in Transition: Poplar

  Future of London’s next Communities in Transition field trip will be to Poplar on 24th September, with a focus on Chrisp Street market, the UK’s first pedestrianised shopping centre and a landmark in urban design when it opened in 1951. In line with our 2015 anchor regeneration theme, the visit will explore how local markets can … [Read more...]

Life science sector drives regeneration in Whitechapel

On 28th May, Future of London visited Whitechapel as part of our Communities in Transition field trip series, to hear about the impact of the life sciences sector in the area and broader plans for regeneration and development. Just outside the eastern fringe of the City of London, Whitechapel is a thriving area in its own right. A … [Read more...]

A healthier food system for London

Feeding a city the size of London sustainably is rife with challenges. From the rise of food poverty and food bank usage in the city, the impact of processed and fast food consumption, and issues around food security and provenance, it is evident that London’s public health relies heavily on its food system. This is understood across all levels; … [Read more...]

Linking poverty, inequality and health

We held the second seminar in our Delivering Public Health series on May 15th, with a focus on the impact of poverty and inequality on increasing health outcomes at local level. Laura Austin Croft, who leads on the GLA’s health inequalities work, started us off. She was involved in the development of the Health Inequalities Strategy in 2010, and … [Read more...]

Embedding health in London boroughs

In April 2013, public health was transferred to local authorities under the Health and Social Care Act, 2012. Until then, public health in England and Wales was managed by the NHS, which had taken over responsibility for measures previously administered by local authorities in 1974. The government saw local authorities as better placed to … [Read more...]

New anthology – London’s Transport Network: Adaptation and evolution

In Spring 2013, Future of London began looking at transport planning in London, and at how it can adapt to changes in demographics and urban form, and influence sustainable travel choices. In partnership with Transport for London, we ran a three-part seminar series – ‘London’s Transport Network: Adaptation and evolution’ – that examined adapting to … [Read more...]

Spring seminars: Delivering public health

Today, there’s little debate about the fact that health and the built environment are linked, though it wasn’t always so. Perhaps nowhere is the connection better captured than here in London, where John Snow famously traced an 1854 cholera outbreak in Soho to a water pump on (now) Broadwick Street. Not only did this discovery place Snow at the … [Read more...]