Dr Sarah Payne is a Co-Investigator at the UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence and an academic based in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at the University of Sheffield.
Sarah’s research expertise is in the causes and consequences of institutional change in real estate development processes with a particular interest in environmental policy interventions, speculative housebuilder business strategy and housing land markets. Her recent research has examined speculative housebuilder business practices in response to market cyclicality and zero carbon and green infrastructure policy interventions.
Sarah has undertaken 10 funded projects (3 as PI) including studies for ESRC, NERC, DCLG, RICS and British Academy and has recently worked in an advisory capacity for the GLA and HM Treasury on land assembly and build out rates.
Sarah is currently working on a £125K NERC Innovation project exploring green infrastructure delivery in the built environment and a RICS project examining land value capture mechanism and speculative housing supply. Prior to joining academia in 2012, Sarah spent four years working in private practice as a Land Buyer for a volume housebuilder and a Property Consultant.
In her role at CaCHE, Sarah is working on an exemplar project with colleagues looking at existing evidence on how speculative housebuilders acquire, process and build out housing land to ascertain how these factors contribute to the speed and mode of housing delivery. Sarah also has a shadow management role focusing on knowledge exchange and recruitment.