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    Professor Anne Power: 25 Years at London School of Economics

    In July 2012 Angus Kennedy attended the celebration marking Professor Anne Power’s 25 years at LSE.  Speakers included Lord Richard Rogers of Riverside and Stella Creasey MP. A description of the event was later published by LSE:

    Special event: Property Before People – 25 Years On
    A Celebration of Anne Power at LSE

    On Monday 9th July 2012, over two hundred and fifty people gathered in the Old Theatre and Senior Common Room to celebrate the contribution of Professor Anne Power to the Department of Social Policy at LSE over the last twenty-five years.

    Anne first joined the Department in 1981 as an academic visitor and became a full member in 1987, establishing an MSc and Diploma in Housing. Since then, Anne has given hundreds of lectures, contributed to many courses, chaired numerous seminars, and tutored around two thousand students at undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD level at LSE. Her wide-ranging research has included work on housing, cities, regeneration, low-income communities, race relations, crime, climate change and energy saving. In 1985 she was awarded a PhD on the history of council housing in Britain 1885-1985 and the emergence of unpopular estates, which was later published as Property Before People.

    Anne’s significant contribution to the academic and research worlds, as well as her work with some of the most deprived communities in the UK and Europe, was recognised by an event comprising of an afternoon tea, symposium and reception. We invited four of Anne’s colleagues, leading experts in their fields, to discuss the changes in housing, cities, sustainability, regeneration and low-income communities during her membership of the Social Policy Department to date, as well as the position in 2012 and expectations for the future. Howard Glennerster, Professor of Social Policy at LSE, acted as chair.

    Lord Richard Rogers of Riverside, an international architect and former chair of the Urban Task Force, of which Anne was a member, gave a personal account of their collaborative work on cities, in addition to the charity they founded together, the National Communities Resource Centre at Trafford Hall. He was followed by Professor Tim Jackson, a fellow former member of the Sustainable Development Commission, who spoke on sustainable development and particularly the recent Rio+20 summit. After Tim, David Robinson, founder of Community Links and chair of the Early Action Task Force, of which Anne is a member, discussed community action in relation to current economic circumstances, before Stella Creasy, MP for Walthamstow and one of Anne’s former PhD students, talked about low-income communities and the importance of involving residents. After questions, Anne spoke briefly to conclude the symposium, before guests enjoyed a reception.

    It was a very special occasion for all involved, with guests travelling from as far as Israel, France and Denmark to be there. However, fear not – Anne isn’t retiring. As David Robinson said in his speech, she is simply entering her ‘middle age’!

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