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Professor, School of the Built Environment, University of Technology Sydney

Professor Wilkinson is a Chartered Building Surveyor, a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and a member of the Australian Property Institute. Prior to becoming an academic, she worked in London providing professional building surveying services particularly in refurbishment of commercial buildings and social housing.

She has worked in four universities in the UK and Australia over a 29-year period and is well published with over 300 publications. Her books include Sustainable Building Adaptation, Best Value in Construction, A Greener Home and Property Development. Professor Wilkinson is a member of RICS Oceania Sustainability Working Group and NSW committee.

Sara works at the intersections of sustainability, urban development and transformation. Her research is focused on local, national and international built environments and adaptation; Green Infrastructure – Green wall and roofs – health / thermal performance / business case / big data.. She engages in trans-disciplinary research with colleagues from science, health and business and built environment disciplines.


  • 2012–present
    Associate Professor , University of Technology Sydney
  • 2009–2011
    Senior Lecturer, Deakin University
  • 2005–2009
    Senior Lecturer, University of Melbourne
  • 1991–2004
    Principal Lecturer, Sheffield Hallam University


  • 2011 
    Deakin University, Australia, PhD, The Relationship between Building Adaptation and Property Attributes
  • 2002 
    Sheffield Hallam University, UK, MA Social Science Research Methods
  • 1996 
    University of Salford, UK, MPhil, Green Buildings: Concept and Practice.
  • 1984 
    University of Greenwich, UK, BSc Building Surveying