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Centre for Digital Built Britain completed its five-year mission and closed its doors at the end of September 2022

This website remains as a legacy of the achievements of our five-year foundational journey towards a digital built Britain

Research background

Dr Reyhaneh Shojaei is a Research Associate at the Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research in the Department of Land Economy. Her current research focuses on understanding the socio-economic inhibitors to the take up of digital innovation in construction. This research is supported by the CDBB with funding provided through the Government’s modern industrial strategy by Innovate UK, part of UK Research & Innovation.

Rey has a background in urban planning and is interested in housing markets, affordable housing, planning, and land supply. She has a particular interest in the complex relationships between the different actors in the urban housing arena. Her previous research topics have included urban expansion and housing affordability in London, and a structure and agency approach to understanding the private housing market in Tehran.

CDBB projects involved with

Analysing the social context to transforming construction through digital innovation

Research ambitions for CDBB




Rey has a PhD in Urban Planning (2016, Department of Urban Studies and Planning, University of Sheffield), an MSc in Urban and Regional Planning (2008, School of Architecture and Environmental Design, Iran University of Science and Technology) and a BSc in Theoretical Economics (2005, University of Tehran).  She has extensive experience in both academia and industry, and previously worked for UN-Habitat as a lead researcher in London, the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and Buildreka, and most recently for the CDBB, where she supported the team to develop the Capability Framework. Rey is a Postdoctoral Associate at Jesus College, Cambridge.


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