Dr Sarah Payne
Room number: F14
Telephone (internal): 26939
Telephone (UK): 0114 222 6939
Telephone (International): +44 114 222 6939
My academic background is in urban studies. I have an undergraduate degree in Geography and an MRes in Land Economy from the University of Aberdeen and a PhD in housebuilder behaviour from the University of Glasgow. Before joining the Department, I worked in the real estate development industry as a Land Buyer for a volume housebuilder and as a Property Consultant, working on viability appraisals and planning applications for landowners and developers.
I am Director of Real Estate Programmes (MSc Real Estate and MSc Real Estate Planning & Development) and Departmental Employability Officer. I Chair the Faculty of Social Sciences Employability Group and play a leading role in designing and integrating professional skills development into undergraduate and postgraduate curricula.
I am a Co-Investigator with the UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE), a consortium of 14 institutions led by the University of Glasgow. My recent work with CaCHE looked at how the land supply system affects the business of UK speculative housebuilding. My current project asks what regulatory practices and business models enhance the uptake of modern methods of construction.
My research examines institutional complexity in market-led housing systems. I am particularly interested in developer behaviour and the state-market nexus in understanding housing supply outcomes. To date my research has focused on issues such as how housebuilders perceive the ‘value’ of green infrastructure and what role nature-based solutions may play in future urban development; how potential changes to Britain’s system of land value capture may impact housebuilders’ valuation and development practices; what evidence exists to explain the low uptake of modern methods of construction in UK residential development practice; how institutional constraints in the post-recession housing system affect housebuilders’ capacity to act on recovering market demand; and, how housebuilders in Britain and China are transitioning towards greener development practices in light of tightening regulations on carbon emissions in new homes.
My current and planned future research projects focus on the following lines of enquiry:
Current and Recent Research Projects
My teaching explores the interface between the planning system and the real estate development process and investigates how planning, design and risk influence development viability. I’m keen for my students to think critically about the motivations of market-based actors and to question the efficacy of planning policy in shaping real estate development processes. I hope to equip my students with good commercial awareness and the skills to understand and balance the competing needs of stakeholders in real estate and planning practice.
I currently teach on the following modules:
I am currently Primary Supervisor for the following PhD students:
I welcome PhD proposals from applicants interested in investigating research questions framed within the following broad topics: