School of the Built Environment


    The School of the Built Environment is a major international centre for research in real estate and construction offering a vibrant environment for students, visiting scholars and researchers.



    The School is highly regarded in the field of property and construction research in areas such as sustainable real estate, international land and property markets, land policy and sustainable urban development, building information modelling and construction and project management.

    The Real Estate and Land Policy Group (RELP), as well as the other research groups in the School of the Built Environment, are part of the Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development (OISD).


    • Sustainable real estate (residential and commercial sectors)
    • Brownfield regeneration
    • Urban futures and scenario-based studies
    • Globalisation, land markets and urban development in developing and transition economies
    • Impact of ICT on the property market and urban development
    • Conservation of historic environments
    • Changing property markets and local economic development
    • Housing and land policy
    • Valuation
    • Corporate real estate


    • PhD studies in Real Estate and Land Studies
    • Urban Futures Doctoral Training Programme
    • MSc degrees in Real Estate Management and International Real Estate
    • BSc degree in Real Estate Management
    • CPD and international training programmes
    • 2015 - Oxford Brookes contribution to Guangzhou Awards for Urban Innovation
    • 2015 - Brookes wins Marie Curie Fellowship Grant for Compact Neighbourhood and Social Sustainability Research
    • 2013-2014 Planning Obligations: What factors deliver affordable homes and what alternatives are there? (Joseph Rowntree Foundation)
    • 2013-2014 More doesn’t mean better: inefficiencies in China’s affordable and social housing sector (RICS Education Trust)
    • 2011-2012 Olympic legacies in UK and Brazil (Santander)
    • 2010-2013 Re-Engineering the City 2020-2050 (RETROFIT 2050) Sustainable Urban Environment
    • 2010-2011 Globalisation, climate change and urban governance in UK and Brazil (2050 Vision: UK-Brazil Urban Network & Oxford Programme for the Future of Cities)
    • 2009-2011 Comparative analysis of management of state and public land (FIG commission 7)
    • 2008-2009 Future take-up of low cost home ownership (DCLG)
    • 2008-2011 RICS Green Gauge Survey (RICS)2008-2009 Occupier demand for sustainable offices (Investment Property Forum)
    • 2009-2010 Brownfield Regeneration in England and Japan (RICS Education Trust, Kajima Foundation Daiwa Foundation & Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation)
    • 2007-2009 Measuring social sustainability in urban renewal (European Investment Bank EIBURS Programme)
    • 2005-2007 The role of property markets in supporting social and economic development in China (RICS and Shui On Land)
    • Cao, A and Keivani, R. (2014) The limits and potentials of the (housing) market enabling paradigm: An evaluation of China’s housing policies from 1998 to 2011, Housing Studies, 29(1), pp 44-68.
    • Bond, S., Sims, S and Dent, P. (2013) Value impacts of utility structures: masts, pylons & towers, Oxford, Wiley-Blackwell.
    • Cho, Y and Whitehead, C. (2013) The immobility of social tenants: is it true? does it matter?, Journal of Housing and Built Environment. 28, pp 705-726.
    • Nase, I., Berry, J and Adair, A. (2013) Hedonic modelling of high street retail properties: A quality design perspective, Journal of Property Investment and Finance, 31(2), pp160 – 178.
    • Ngombe, A; Keivani, R; Stubbs, M and Mattingly, M (2013) Participatory approaches to land reform in Zambia, Environment and Planning A.44, pp1785-1800.
    • Cho, Y., Hwang. S and Satchell, S. (2012), The optimal mortgage loan portfolio in the UK regional residential real estates, Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, 45, pp 645-677.
    • F.H. Abanda, A, Ngombe, R, Keivani and J, Tah (2012) The link between renewable energy production and Gross Domestic Product in Africa: A comparative study between 1980 – 2008, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 16(4), pp. 2147-2153.
    • Dixon T., Ennis-Reynolds, G., Roberts, C., Sims, S. (2009) 'Is there a demand for sustainable offices? an analysis of UK business occupier moves (2006-2008)', Journal of Property Research. 26(1), pp. 61 - 85
    • Werna, E., Keivani, R., and Murphy, D. (2009) Corporate Social Responsibility and Urban Development: lessons from the South, London and New York, Palgrave.
    • Anderson, J and Shiers, D and Steel, K. (2009) The Green Guide to Specification, Fourth Edition, ISBN 978-1-84806-071-5, pp226, Wiley-Blackwell.
    • Grover, R. (2009) State and public land management: The drivers of change, Land Reform, Land Settlement and Cooperatives, 2009/1, pp. 58-68.
    • Keivani, R., Mattingly, M. and Majedi, H. (2008) Public management of urban land, enabling markets and low income housing provision: the overlooked experience of Iran, Urban Studies, 45(9), pp. 1825-1854.
    • Henneberry, J. and Roberts, C. (2008) Calculated Inequality? Portfolio Benchmarking and Regional Office Property Investment, Urban Studies, 45, pp. 1217 - 1241
    • Stubbs, M. (2008) Natural Green Space and Planning Policy: Devising a Model for its Delivery in Regional Spatial Strategies. Landscape Research, 3(1), pp. 119-139
    • Sims, S.; Dent, P. and Oskrochi, GR. (2008) Modeling the Impact of Windfarms on House Prices in the UK, International Journal of Strategic Property Management, 12(4)
    • French, N. (2008) The Valuation of Sustainability and Green Leases, The Conveyancer, 72 (6), pp 517–524