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Dr. Carolyn Gibbeson MRes, MSc, BA Hons

Senior Lecturer in Real Estate


Carolyn spent 5 years in commercial property practice working in the areas of property management, valuation and L&T in both public and private sectors. She joined SHU in September 2015 and since 2017 she has been joint course leader for the BSc (Hons) Real Estate course. Carolyn teaches in the areas of property management, research methods, economics, valuation, development and place meanings across the department’s courses. She has also developed related research interests following the completion of her PhD from Newcastle University in 2018 which explored the reuse of historic former asylum sites and is interested in the meanings people attach to the built environment and how this impacts on the day to day management and use of these sites and buildings.

  • About

    Carolyn’s research interests have been shaped by her experience of working in the commercial property sphere and by her interest in historical places and the management of these. Her experience of working with more unusual aspects of the built environment such as cemeteries, church yards and canals plus the need to train the next generation of property professionals has also led to an interest in the challenges that the next generation will face, particularly when dealing with historic or empty buildings and those with unusual reputations. 

    Carolyn completed the MRes in Sociology Planning and Policy at Sheffield Hallam in 2013 prior to commencing her PhD studies in Newcastle which she completed in May 2018 and which explored the effect of attachments, stigma and value on the reuse of historic former asylum sites. She is a regular conference speaker and has co-convened sessions at the International Conference for Historical Geographers in 2015 and 2018. 

  • Teaching

    In addition to leading the BSc (Hons) Real Estate course, Carolyn also teaches on the following modules:

    Real Estate Management (a second year undergraduate module)
    Asset and Portfolio Management (a final year undergraduate module)
    Development Practice (a final year undergraduate module)
    Dissertation (a final year undergraduate module)
    Economics and Market Context (a module on the RICS accredited MSc conversion programme)
    Applied Research Methods and Dissertation (a module on the RICS accredited MSc conversion programme)
    Integrated Project  (a module on the BSc Business Property Management top-up course)
    Real Estate Investment and Valuation (a module on the BSc Business Property Management top-up course)

  • Research

    Carolyn has recently completed her PhD at Newcastle University. Her research interests include place attachment, place stigma, heritage, how practical property management issues are influenced by people’s attachments and emotional reaction to places.

  • Publications

    Journal articles

    Gibbeson, C. (2018). Not always nice: the effect of a whole-life perspective on heritage and redevelopment. Journal of urban regeneration and renewal, 12 (1), 32-42.

    Bennett, L., & Gibbeson, C. (2010). Perceptions of occupiers' liability risk by estate managers: a case study of memorial safety in English cemeteries. International Journal of Law in the Built Environment, 2 (1), 76.

    Gibbeson, C., & Gill, S. (n.d.). Negotiating a negative past in the reuse of historic prisons. Journal of Urban Regeneration and Renewal, TBC (TBC).

    Book chapters

    Gibbeson, C., & Beattie, K. (2021). A boundary between two worlds? Community perceptions of former asylums in Lancashire, England. In Voices in the History of Madness: Patient and Practitioner Perspectives. Palgrave Macmillan

  • Other activities

    Member of the Space and Place Research Group

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