Dr Catherine Hughes

Head of Real Estate & Planning

Dr Catherine Hughes

Dr Catherine Hughes

Associate Professor
Real Estate & Planning
HBS 216, Whiteknights Campus
+44 (0) 118 378 6036



Cathy is a chartered surveyor who joined the research team of Real Estate & Planning in 2002 from the Valuation Office Agency where she was a senior valuer. She then took up a position as lecturer, and subsequently associate professor, in valuation and management. She became Head of Real Estate & Planning in August 2015.

Her primary interests are commercial lease regulation and the landlord and tenant relationship; she has worked on major research studies funded by the UK government into aspects of commercial lease regulation. Her recent focus has been on the role of the professions in changing industry practices. Other research and teaching interests include valuation and asset management.


  • PhD, University of Reading
  • BSc (Hons) Management Science, Manchester
  • Diploma in Surveying, CEM
  • Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy


Asset management; Commercial leases


View a full list of Dr Cathy Hughes' Publications

Key Publications

Hughes, C. and Jackson, C. (2015) Death of the high street: identification, prevention, reinvention. Regional Studies, Regional Science, 2 (1). pp. 236-255.

Hughes, W.P and Hughes, C. (2013) Professionalism and professional institutions in times of change. Building Research & Information. 41 (1). pp. 28-38

Hughes, C. and Crosby, N. (2012) The challenge of self-regulation in commercial property leasing. International Journal of Law in the Built Environment 4(1):23-44.

Crosby, N. and Hughes, C. (2011) The basis of valuations for secured commercial property lending in the UK. Journal of European Real Estate Research 4(3):225 - 242.