Professor Sarah Blandy
School of Law
Professor of Law
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School of Law
After graduating in Law from the University of Warwick, I qualified and practised as a solicitor for ten years. I then worked for the Housing Department at Sheffield City Council, before starting my academic career at Sheffield Hallam University. From 2005 I held various academic posts at the School of Law, University of Leeds, and I joined Sheffield as a professor in 2012.
I am a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, an honour conferred in 2019 for my contribution to the social sciences.
My research concerns ‘property law in the real world’, a perspective I try to integrate into my teaching. I am a longstanding member of the Socio-Legal Studies Association and served on its executive committee 2012-2017.
I am co-Director of the FreeLaw legal advice clinic and enjoy working with the student volunteers and making good use of my previous experience as a legal practitioner.
- Research interests
My research is interdisciplinary and empirical, focusing on socio-legal aspects of property law, including:
- tenure and rights
- collective and individual property rights
- multi-owned property
- regulation of conduct, dispute resolution, and access to justice, amongst residential occupiers
- the spatial boundaries of law, especially in relation to fortified homes and gated communities
I am currently working on a book on collective property for Palgrave Macmillan's Socio-Legal Series.
- View this article in WRRO Domestic Fortress: Fear and the New Home Front. Manchester: Manchester University Press.
- Multi-owned Housing: Law, Power and Practice..
- Researching Property Law. Palgrave Macmillan.
- Multi-owned Housing: Law, Power and Practice. Routledge.
- Gated Communities: International Perspectives. Taylor and Francis / Routledge.
- Domestic Fortress: Fear and the New Home Front Response. URBAN STUDIES, 55(2), 483-486. View this article in WRRO
- Gated communities revisited: defended homes nested in security enclaves. People, Place and Policy Online, 11(3), 136-142. View this article in WRRO
- The Dynamics of Enduring Property Relationships in Land. The Modern Law Review, 81(1), 85-113. View this article in WRRO
- View this article in WRRO Socio-legal approaches to property law research. Property Law Review, 3(3), 166-175.
- View this article in WRRO Editors' Introduction and survey. Property Law Review, 3(3), 139-151.
- Curbing the power of developers? Law and power in Chinese and English gated urban enclaves. Geoforum, 47, 199-208.
- Beyond Privatopia: Rethinking Private Residential Government. Housing Studies, 28(3), 520-522.
- The right to buy: an examination of an exercise in allocating, shifting and re-branding risks. Critical Social Policy, 33(1), 17-36.
- Anna Minton (2009), Ground Control: Fear and Happiness in the Twenty-First Century City. London: Penguin. £9.99, pp. 240, pbk.. Journal of Social Policy, 40(3), 635-636.
- Book Review: Community, Conflict and the State: Rethinking Notions of ‘Safety’, ‘Cohesion’ and ‘Wellbeing’. Urban Studies, 47(11), 2475-2477.
- Law, boundaries and the production of space. Social and Legal Studies, 19(3), 275-284.
- A Review of “Conceptualising Home: Theories, Laws and Policies”. European Journal of Housing Policy, 9(4), 480-482.
- A picture of the floating world: Grounding the secessionary affluence of the residential cruise liner. Antipode, 41(1), 92-110.
- Fear of crime and of anti-social behaviour and their relation to the spread of residential gated communities in England | La peur de la délinquance et du désordre et l'extension des quartiers résidentiels sécurisés en Angleterre. Deviance et Societe, 33(4), 557-572.
- Incivilities: Regulating Offensive Behaviour by A. von Hirsch and A.P. Simester (Eds.).. The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, 47(5), 563-564.
- Researching the judiciary: Exploring the invisible in judicial decision making. Journal of Law and Society, 35(SUPPL. 1), 76-90.
- Gated communities in England as a response to crime and disorder: context, effectiveness and implications. People, Place and Policy Online, 1(2), 47-54.
- Regulating social housing: Governing decline. HOUSING STUDIES, 22(4), 622-624.
- Panic rooms: The rise of defensive homeownership. Housing Studies, 22(4), 443-458.
- District judges and possession proceedings. Journal of Law and Society, 33(4), 547-571.
- Gated communities in England: Historical perspectives and current developments. GeoJournal, 66(1-2), 15-26.
- Theorising power relationships in multi-owned residential developments: Unpacking the bundle of rights. Urban Studies, 43(13), 2365-2383.
- Gated cities of today? Barricaded residential development in England. Town Planning Review, 76(4), 401-422.
- Introduction: International perspectives on the New Enclavism and the rise of gated communities. Housing Studies, 20(2), 177-186.
- Gated communities: (Ne) Gating community development?. Housing Studies, 20(2), 287-301.
- Relationship breakdown, women and tenants' rights - choice or paternalism. Child and Family Law Quarterly, 16(2), 165-174.
- Reforming Leasehold: Discursive Events and Outcomes, 1984-2000. Journal of Law and Society, 28(3), 384-408.
- Cedric Pugh. Housing, Theory and Society, 18(3), 97-97.
- Freedom, governance and questions of global environmental control. Interdisciplinary Environmental Review, 3(1), 58-58.
- From tenure to rights: Conceptualizing the changing focus of housing law in england. Housing, Theory and Society, 16(1), 31-42.
- Enhancing Employability through Student Engagement in Pro Bono Projects. International Journal of Clinical Legal Education, 26(1), 7-7.
- Gated communities in England : rules and rhetoric of urban planning. Geographica Helvetica, 58(4), 314-324.
- Gated Communities, International Encyclopedia of Human Geography (pp. 259-263). Elsevier
- View this article in WRRO Ownership and belonging in urban green space In XU T & Clarke AC (Ed.), Legal Strategies for the Development and Protection of Communal Property; Proceedings of the British Academy Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- View this article in WRRO Precarious Homes: the Sharing Continuum In Carr H, Edgworth B & Hunter C (Ed.), Law and the Precarious Home: Socio Legal Perspectives on the Home in Insecure Times Hart Publishing
- Socio-legal Approaches to Property Law Research, Researching Property Law (pp. 24-42). Macmillan Education UK View this article in WRRO
- Property Law Research Now and into the Future, Researching Property Law (pp. 180-195). Macmillan Education UK
- Gated Communities: (Ne)Gating Community Development?, Gated Communities (pp. 97-111). Routledge
- Collective Property: Owning and Sharing Residential Space, Modern Studies in Property Law (pp. 152-172).
- Applied Research Methods and Law Reform: The Leeds Experience, Integrating Socio-Legal Studies into the Law Curriculum (pp. 37-53). Macmillan Education UK
- Legal frameworks for multi-owned housing in England and Wales: Owners’ experiences, Multi-owned Housing: Law, Power and Practice (pp. 13-34).
- Gating as governance: the boundaries spectrum In Crawford A (Ed.), Social and Situational Crime Prevention: International and Comparative Criminal Justice and Urban Governance (pp. 519-544). CUP
- Legal Frameworks for Multi-Owned Housing in England and Wales: Owners experiences In Blandy S, Dupuis A & Dixon J (Ed.), Multi-owned Housing: Law, Power and Practice (pp. 13-34). Aldershot: Ashgate.
- Introduction (pp. 1-3). Springer Science and Business Media LLC
- Gated Communities/Privatopias, International Encyclopedia of Human Geography (pp. 297-301). Elsevier
- Secession or cohesion? exploring the impact of gated communities, Community Cohesion in Crisis?: New Dimensions of Diversity and Difference (pp. 239-257).
- Gated communities: A response to, or remedy for, anti-social behaviour?, Housing, Urban Governance and Anti-Social Behaviour: Perspectives, Policy and Practice (pp. 239-255).
- Judicial attitudes to landlord and tenant law: different policies for different sectors In Bright S (Ed.), Landlord and Tenant Law: Past, Present and Future (pp. 41-63). Hart
- Gating as governance: the boundaries spectrum in social and situational crime prevention, International and Comparative Criminal Justice and Urban Governance (pp. 519-544). Cambridge University Press
- Conclusion, Journeys in Argentine and Brazilian Cinema Palgrave Macmillan
- Private Cities Routledge
Conference proceedings papers
- Gated communities and urban planning: Globalisation or national policy. CULTURE, ENVIRONMENTAL ACTION, AND SUSTAINABILITY (pp 255-266)
- Research group
My following supervisees have successfully completed their PhDs
Molly Matthewman, whose research investigates the role of law in graduate housing in London ('Generation Rent'), and the relationship between tenure, identity and home.
Richard Goulding, funded by ESRC / White Rose, whose research investigates the financial, legal and social geographies of low income urban housing in Britain.
Edward Mitchell, funded by ESRC, whose research investigates the role law plays in retail-led urban regeneration schemes, through an actor network approach.
Title/Description: Awarding Body: People Involved: Dates: Amount: Advisory Board member for research project on Materialising Kinship: Cycles of life at the Norwegian cabin Norwegian Research Council Marianne Lien, University of Oslo and Simone Abram, University of Durham 2016-2020 £667,000 Invited seminar on 'Enduring Property Relations'
Modern Law Review
Professor Susan Bright (University of Oxford) and Professor Sarah Nield (University of Southampton) May 2016
£5000 Homelessness Prevention for Women and Children Who Have Experienced Domestic and Family Violence: Innovations in Policy and Practice Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Dr. Angela Spinney, Swinburne University, Australia
- Teaching interests
I enjoy teaching at all levels, and aim to convey my enthusiasm for the subjects I teach and to encourage students in creative thinking and critical analysis. I bring a socio-legal focus to my teaching based on my research, so that the material covered is related to the real world.
- Teaching activities
The modules I teach are (undergraduate):
- Property Law (Land Law, Equity and Trusts) (LAW137)
- Special Project: Pro Bono (LAW3043)
- Professional activities
Recent invited papers and keynote lectures
- ‘Commonhold finances, and preventing insolvency’, Law Commission consultation event on Reinvigorating Commonhold, Manchester, 19 February 2019
- ‘The wrong starting point? Multi-owned properties and the English leasehold system; common problems across jurisdictions’, International Research Forum on Multi-owned Properties, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, 17-18 January 2019
- ‘Property 'from the ground up’', International Institute for the Sociology of Law, Onati, Spain, 24 November 2018
- Understanding ‘space’ in law: gardens and gardening’, Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, University of Oxford, 19 February 2018
- ‘Copropriété in England and Wales’, Séminaire sur la copropriété (workshop on multi-owned property), PUCA, Paris, 26 January 2018
- ‘The Dynamics of Enduring Property Relations’ (with Susan Bright and Sarah Nield) keynote talk at the annual conference of Australasian Teachers of Property Law, Curtin University, Perth, Australia, 26-29 September 2017
- ‘Defended homes and enclaves: causes and consequences’, research seminar at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia, 20 September 2017
- 'Sharing in the high-rise: law and place', keynote talk at the Symposium on Comparative Social Sustainability: Condominium Law, Living and Landscapes, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (Europe), Barcelona, 21-22 November 2016
- 'Ownership and belonging in urban green space' (with Simone Abram, Anthropology, Durham), Symposium on Legal Strategies for the Development and Protection of Communal Property, School of Law, University of Sheffield, 23-24 May 2016.