The Bartlett Real Estate Institute


Professor Yolande Barnes

Prof. Yolande Barnes’ projects each fall under one or more of eight inter-related themes. Yolande identified these themes in consultation with industry experts.

Yolande’s projects each fall under one or more of eight inter-related themes.  Yolande identified these themes in consultation with industry experts at the inception of BREI over the course of 2018 and 2019. The themes reflect some of the most talked-about and ‘wicked’ problems facing Real Estate globally in the 21st century; they are not confined to finance and economics (although many investors have an increasing interest in all of them) but rather, represent the questions and issues which concern governments, planners, policy makers, NGOs, landowners, landlords, tenants, managers, occupiers and users, taxpayers, developers, entrepreneurs, financiers and investors.  Underlying all these activities and concerns is one thing: land.  If real estate is this and everything built on it and attached to it, then Yolande’s primary project is understanding the way Real Estate markets and other phenomena work at a holistic, global level. 

The themes, and some of the projects and activities associated with them are: 

Digital Disruption

Virtual Estate and Digital transformation in Real Estate Global Symposium 
Creating entrepreneurial MSc on RE digital transformation 
PropTech Accelerator/Laboratory 
UCL Campus Model 
Unissu Metaverse Webinar 
Oxford FoRE 
RED Foundation Data Research and Academia Steering Group 

Beyond Placemaking 

Hypermixity project and report for Native Land with ING 
CityLab (Bloomberg and Aspen Institute) 
City, Civility and Capitalism (Axon Johnsonn Foundation) 
Making Place Project with IPUT and ARUP 

Learning and Working Environments

Customer Experience in Real Estate Exec Ed course 
Withers Third Space Project 
RICS Commercial RE Research 

Housing Affordability 

Supurbia & Street votes 
BSSC Sustainable Housing Group 
UCL Housing Forum 
Automatic Affordability Tenure 
Housing Issues series 
Gowling WLG How we Live Well Project 
High Rise Residential Development Evidence Review Advisory Group 

Real estate resilience

Advisor to Government department for Levelling up (Environmental Round tables) 
Teach on Oxon Masters Sustainable Urban Development 
Ecocity World Summit with GLA 
ULI Climate Change Summit (Academic partner) 

Community Inclusion

Hackney Wick Fish Island Group 
Creative Wick Living Lab 
Community led Housing Research for Community Development Trust & GLA 
Urban Rooms Network 
London model with LLDC 
UCL Housing Forum

Infrastructure Interface

UCL and GLA Green Infrastructure Project 

Health and Wellbeing

Commissioner on Oxford University Healthy Cities Commission 
Healthy Urbanism Book Launch 

Honorary and other Positions 

Advisory Board member New London Architecture 
Non-executive director Space Syntax 
Honorary Fellow RIBA 
Fellow SPR 
Patron Create Streets 
Design Council Ambassador 
Advisor to Geospatial commission 
Advisor to RICS on levelling up 
Fellow RGS 
ULI Residential Council 
Academician at Academy of Urbanism 
Lecturer. On Cambridge IDBE Masters course 
Visiting Professor at Madrid University