After the Crisis: Housing Policy and Finance in the US and UK - Day 1

1:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

The New School is hosting a two-day conference to reflect on the state of housing policy and housing finance in the US and UK. Leading housing experts from both nations will examine the current state of housing finance, and housing policy discuss future prospects, with a focus on housing finance and affordability. The first day of the conference will feature two discussion panels, on the Future of Housing Finance, and on Post-Crisis Prospects for Affordable Rental Housing in a Time of Fiscal Austerity. The second day will feature two sets of paper presentations.

Thursday, Sept. 13

1:30 p.m. Welcome and Introductory Remarks:

  • David Van Zandt, President of the New School
  • Robert Buckley (Studley Faculty Fellow, The New School) and Alex Schwartz (Chair and Associate Professor of Urban Policy, The New School), Conference Organizers

1:45 p.m. Discussion Panel 1: The Future of Housing Finance

  • David Miles (Monetary Policy Committee at the Bank of England, Visiting Professor at Imperial College)
  • Edward Kane (Professor of Finance at Boston College)
  • Nicolas Retsinas (Senior Lecturer in Real Estate at the Harvard Business School)
  • Moderator: John Cassidy (Staff Writer, The New Yorker magazine

4:00 PM Discussion Panel 2: Post-Crisis Prospects for Affordable Rental Housing in a Time of Fiscal Austerity

  • Xavier Briggs (Associate Professor of Sociology and Urban Planning and Head of the Housing, Community, and Economic Development Group in the Department of Urban Studies + Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
  • Mike Murray (Charles Franklin Phillips Professor of Economics at Bates College)
  • Mark Stephens (Professor of Public Policy at the Institute for Housing, Urban & Real Estate Research, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh)
  • William Traylor (President of Richman Housing Resources LLC)
  • Moderator: Christine Whitehead (Professor of Housing, Department of Economics, London School of Economics, and is a Senior Research Fellow at the Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research, University of Cambridge)

Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arnhold Hall, 55 West 13th Street, 2nd floor

The conference is free, but registration is required. To register, please click here.

Contact Information:

For questions, contact Alex Schwartz at:,
or 212-229-5400

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