Dr Sarah Payne


Dr Sarah Payne is a Co-Investigator at the UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence.


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 examines institutional complexity in market-led housing systems, with a particular interest in developer behaviour and the state-market nexus in understanding housing supply outcomes. Her recent research has examined:

  • 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

Sarah has received funding from various organisations including UKRI (ESRC & NERC) DLUHC, RICS and British Academy and has worked in an advisory capacity for the GLA and HM Treasury on land assembly and build out rates. In 2021, Sarah was appointed by the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government to the Commonhold Council Technical Support Group. The role involves advising the Commonhold Council on aspects of how to prepare the development market for commonhold. 

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 co-lead of the Place theme with a specific role in taking forward projects on land and housebuilding. Her current interests centre on housing land markets and their implications for housing supply. 

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