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Cambridge Centre for Housing & Planning Research



Dr Reyhaneh Shojaei is a Research Associate at the Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research. Her previous research focused on understanding the socio-economic inhibitors to the take up of digital innovation in construction which it was part of £72 million project funded by UKRI through the Construction Innovation Hub and the Centre for Digital Built Britain, to transform how the built environment in the UK is designed, built, operated, and managed. Dr Shojaei led and co-led different strands of research under this large project focused on non-technical inhibitors to uptake digital innovation in housing and construction, enablers for the adoption of digital technology in construction companies and adopting Modern Method of Construction (MMC) in housing industry.  She is currently working on two projects, 1. TAPPI2 (Technology for an Ageing Population Panel for Innovation) that aims to improve the way technology is used in housing and care for older people, and 2. Innovative ways for stakeholders in the construction industry to successfully adopt digital technologies. Rey is awarded the Social Science Impact Fund to expand the reach of her previous research findings to wider stakeholders including SMEs.

Rey holds a PhD in Urban Planning obtained from the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, University of Sheffield. She also holds an MSc in Urban and Regional Planning from School of Architecture and Environmental Design, Iran University of Science and Technology and a BSc in Theoretical Economics from University of Tehran.  

Reyhaneh has extensive experience in both academia and industry and is interested in housing markets, land supply, affordable housing and planning system. Her other main strands of research focus on the ways that technological innovation, adoption, and implementation affect and are affected by people, processes, and behaviours in project, organisation, and industry settings, as well as the impact of technology on the built environment and society as a whole.

At the Department of Land Economy in Cambridge, Dr Shojaei delivers undergraduate supervision for papers in both the Tripos (Paper 14, 4, 11 and 17) and the MPhil PGR programme. She also supervises Master dissertations at both Land economy department and University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership. She gives guest lectures across several faculties within the University of Cambridge. Rey is happy to supervise both undergraduate and MPhil dissertations focusing on topics relevant to her expertise. Rey is a Postdoctoral Associate at Jesus College, Cambridge.


Key publications: 
  • Shojaei, R. S., & Burgess, G. (2022). Non-technical inhibitors: Exploring the adoption of digital innovation in the UK construction industry. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 185, 122036. DOI:


  • Shojaei, R. S., Oti-Sarpong, K., & Burgess, G. (2022). Leading UK Construction Companies’ Strategies to Tackle BIM Training and Skills Challenges. International Journal of Construction Education and Research, 1-22. Doi: 


  • Shojaei, R.S., Oti-Sarpong, K. and Burgess, G. (2022) Enablers for the adoption and use of BIM in main contractor companies in the UK, Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. DOI: 


  • Oti-Sarpong, K., Shojaei, R.S., Dakhil, Z., & Gemma Burgess (2021): How countries achieve greater use of offsite manufacturing to build new housing: Identifying typologies through institutional theory DOI: 


  • Richmond Juvenile Ehwi, Kwadwo Oti-Sarpong, Reyhaneh Shojaei & Gemma Burgess (2021): Offsite Manufacturing Research: A Systematic Review of Methodologies Used, Construction Management and Economics, DOI: 10.1080/01446193.2021.2007537 




  • Mahdizadeh, S & Shojaei, R S (2018) The involvement of Western Orientalists in cultural heritage affairs during the Pahlavi Era, Iran (1925–1979), Journal of Architectural Conservation, DOI: 10.1080/13556207.2018.1537028


Research Associate
Dr Reyhaneh  Shojaei

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