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Dr Gemma Burgess

Director, Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research

Dr Gemma Burgess is Director of the Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research at the University of Cambridge, where she leads a multidisciplinary team working on policy-oriented research projects for a wide variety of funders, including central and local government, industry and third sector bodies.

Widely published, Gemma’s research interests include land supply and the delivery of housing through the planning system, housing and health inequality, and the relationship between housing and ageing.

She recently led the Digital Built Britain Housing Network, establishing a research framework to challenge and influence social policy and government and industry thinking on the use of digital tools in the UK house building industry. She is a research lead for the national £72 million Construction Innovation Hub, working with the Cambridge Centre for Digital Built Britain.

Dr Burgess is Dean of Discipline at St Edmund's, alongside being a Director of Studies in Land Economy and she sits on College Council. Dr Burgess served as part of the University’s Proctorial team from 2016 to 2021, including Deputy Senior Proctor, Deputy Junior Proctor, Junior Pro-Proctor 2016-2017 and Junior Proctor 2017-2018.