I am an early career academic based in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at the University of Sheffield.

I teach and research in the areas of planning and real estate development.  My research adopts a qualitative methodology focused on examining behavioural and organisational change and is influenced by the emerging literature on institutional transitions and strategic choice.

I am Vice Chair and Membership Officer of the Housing Studies Association

Before joining the Academy, I spent two years working as a Land Buyer for a volume housebuilder and a further two years working as a Property Consultant.

As a Land Buyer, my work primarily focused on residential & mixed use land identification, financial appraisal, negotiating land offers, terms of acquisition contracts and option agreements, community engagement and planning policy monitoring, review & appraisal.

As a Property Consultant, I undertook varied and extensive property and planning consultancy on behalf of Clients including landowners and residential and commercial property developers.  Work included viability & financial appraisals for proposed residential and mixed use schemes, planning policy reviews, commercial relocation assessments, certificate of lawfulness applications, listing applications, land and housing market assessments, design and access statements and the project management of planning applications.

Further informaiton on my academic profile can be found at my University webpage: http://www.shef.ac.uk/usp/staff/sarahpayne

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