johnProfessor John Henneberry

Professor of Property Development Studies

Room number: D17
Telephone (internal): 26911
Telephone (UK): 0114 222 6911
Telephone (International): +44 114 222 6911


I studied Land Economy at Emmanuel College, Cambridge (BA, 1974; MA, 1978) before taking a MA Town and Regional Planning at the University of Sheffield (1976). I spent four years in practice with Manchester City Council (1976-78) and Greater Manchester County Council (1978-80), becoming a Chartered Surveyor (MRICS) and Chartered Planner (MRTPI) in 1979. I became a Lecturer in Planning and Development at Sheffield Hallam University in 1980, progressing to Reader before my move to the University of Sheffield in 1993. I was appointed to a Personal Chair in Property Development in 1998. Subsequently, I was Head of the Department of Urban Studies and Planning (1999-2003) and Dean of the Faculty of Architectural Studies (2005-07). I was elected a Member of the Academy of Social Sciences in 2010 in recognition of my contribution to the field of planning and development.

I am joint (founding) Editor of the RICS / Wiley-Blackwell book series 'Issues in Real Estate' and recently completed a term as an Editor of Regional Studies with responsibility for papers related to property, land and planning (2010-13). I am a member of the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Property Research, the Journal of European Real Estate Research and Town Planning Review. I have extensive research experience and have been awarded over £3m for funded work by the Economic and Social Research Council, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, the European Commission, the Department for Communities and Local Government, the Welsh Assembly, the Land Development Studies Trust, the RICS Education Trust, local authorities and private sector property consultants.


My research focuses on the structure and behaviour of the property market and its relation to the wider economy and state regulatory systems. I have developed a distinctive institutional perspective on the subject that is rooted in cultural economy. I use both qualitative and quantitative methods to explore property markets, working closely with econometric colleagues on occasion to analyse regularities in market behaviour. I have a particular interest in the way that calculative practices – such as valuation, financial appraisal and portfolio analysis and management – shape property markets and affect urban and regional development.



I have over 30 years of teaching experience in higher education. Previously, I delivered core courses in property development on RTPI-accredited MPlan and MA, RICS-accredited MAs and other academic courses sharing the same units. I have supervised 19 research students to successful completion.

PhD Supervision

I am currently Primary Supervisor for the following student:

  • Cihan Cagil, The Istanbul International Festival and 'World City' planning in Istanbul


Edited books

  • Henneberyy JM (Ed.) (2017) Transicence and Permanence in Urban Development (Wiley-Blackwell)
  • Henneberry JM, Crook A & Whitehead C (Eds.) (2016) Planning Gain: Providing Infrastructure and Affordable Housing (Wiley-Blackwell)

Journal articles

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