Ben Rogers

Ben is Director of Centre for London. He is an experienced writer and broadcaster, specialising in cities, citizenship, social capital, public service reform, and the built environment. He was previously Associate Director at IPPR, and has led government strategy teams at local and national level. @ben_rog

Geraldine Bedell

Geraldine Bedell, editor of the London Essays, is a writer, broadcaster and editor. She has worked as a writer and columnist on the Observer and Independent for many years, has made a number of documentaries for Radio 4 and is the editorial director of Parent Zone. She is the founding editor of both Parent Info, helping parents make sense of their children’s digital lives, and of Gransnet, the social networking site for grandparents. She is the author of a number of books and reports, both fiction and non-fiction, including the Make Poverty History Handbook and, most recently, The Digital Family.

Joanna Corfield

Jo is communications manager at Centre for London and oversees publications, media and digital communications.

“London Essays provide powerful ideas and important perspectives on some of the key challenges impacting the world’s greatest city. Each issue offers a provocative, enjoyable and informative read. London deserves a title with this level of ambition, insight and authority and Capco is proud to support it.”

Ian Hawksworth, Chief Executive,  Capital & Counties Properties PLC

London Essays is a journal published by Centre for London. It explores the economic, social, and environmental challenges facing London and other cities, and ways they can be addressed.

Each issue of London Essays has a single theme, addressed by contributors from varied disciplines and with differing perspectives – writers and academic experts, business leaders and social entrepreneurs, policymakers and politicians. London Essays includes interviews, reviews and short comments, as well as longer features. All content appears in both print and online editions, free and available to all.

London Essays has been generously supported by Capital & Counties Properties PLC.

A London Essays production: London Futures 

London is a city of hope and potential, but the capital also faces some huge challenges. A shortage of homes, an overcrowded transport system, high levels of pollution and a growing population to name just a few.

In this short film, Centre for London speaks to leaders from across the city to hear about their solutions to these challenges.


London Essay partners

Centre for London

Centre for London generates ideas for a prosperous and inclusive city. Working across economic, environmental and social issues, the Centre develops research and policy recommendations for the capital. As a politically independent think tank, the Centre influences government and decision makers. Since launching in 2011 the Centre’s ideas have been widely adopted.

Capital & Counties Properties PLC

Capital & Counties Properties PLC (Capco) is one of the largest listed property companies in central London, with two key estates at Covent Garden and Earls Court. Capco is a significant investor in the capital and aims to create and grow value through distinctive placemaking, innovation and enterprise.


First published in 2015
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Print ISSN 2058-7953
Online ISSN 2058-7961