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Our thoughts, musings, findings and general writings in the context of our practice.


Our thoughts, musings, findings and general writings in the context of our practice.

We reflect on engagement with young people as part of our work on the Southwark Land Commission.

Making the case for Local Carbon Offset Funds

Learn about how council-run Voluntary Carbon Offset Funds can support local environmental improvements and pursue a more bottom-up approach to achieving net zero.

Unlocking the Circular Economy

We present ideas for how businesses and communities can embed circular economy principles and extend the highest value of materials for as long as possible.

Developing a Cost of Living Calculator for London

Using a collection of trusted data, we have built an open-source cost of living calculator to estimate how households are faring with ever-increasing prices. Download it here.

Retail markets and the high street: inclusive, sustainable community hubs

Markets are more than just shopping parades—they are drivers of social, economic, and environmental sustainability and carry historic and cultural significance.

Is it time to rethink social value?

As 'social value' processes have become more standardised, they have become detached from local context and the people they are intended to benefit. We discuss what needs to happen to achieve truly impactful local benefit.

To get Levelling Up right we have to look beyond the ribbon-cutting

Levelling Up has potential to boost disinvested communities, but will splashy capital projects really make the most of the funding?

The PPP is dead! … Long live the PPP!

What is the role of the public-private partnership in a time of extreme flux and uncertainty?

Local authorities as market makers in delivering an inclusive and fair recovery

Learn about our contributions to Future of London's research on how buildings can better serve communities.

How socially orientated property management companies can help unlock workspace

Affordable workspace policy isn't working, but councils can fix it with the right interventions.