Sara Wilkinson, BSc MA MPhil PhD FRICS AAPI
Professor of Sustainable Property, University of Technology Sydney
Sara is a Chartered Building Surveyor, a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and a member of the Australian Property Institute (API). Her professional practice experience was in the UK public and private sectors, and included pre and post contract retrofit and advice on sustainability. She has worked in UK and Australian universities over 29 years.
She works at the intersections of sustainability, urban development and transformation. Her research aims to improve local, national and international outcomes of development in built environments in respect of pressing challenges: climate change, energy and water use, and a growing, increasingly urbanised, global population. Sara engages in trans-disciplinary research with colleagues from science, health, business and technology as well as built environment disciplines.
She is a Professor in the School of Built Environment at UTS, Sydney. Her PhD examined building adaptation, whilst the MPhil explored the conceptual understanding of green buildings. Her research focus is on sustainability, adaptation of the built environment, retrofit of green roofs, and conceptual understanding of sustainability. In 2015 Sara lead a City of Sydney funded project on the Feasibility of Algae Building Technology in NSW and she continues to work on a cross disciplinary project with a prototype panel being tested in 2020. With the Health Faculty, she researches the impacts on health and wellbeing of horticultural therapy on retrofitted green roofs. Sara is part of an international cross disciplinary team of researchers in Sweden examining the use of virtual reality in design and construction of sustainable cities. She is working, with Mechatronics Engineers on a prototype Wallbot to inspect, monitor and maintain green walls
Sara has published over peer reviewed 180 publications and several books. Her research is published in academic and professional journals. In 2016, she wrote a RICS Best Practice Guidance Note on Green Roofs and Walls for practitioners.
Sara sits on professional committees for RICS to inform her research and to ensure direct benefit to industry. She sits on the editorial boards of five leading international journals and is the Regional Editor for the International Journal of Building Pathology and Adaptation in Australasia.