Dr Samantha Organ

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Samantha is a Senior Lecturer in Building Surveying and works part-time in industry. She is a chartered surveyor with a degree in Building Surveying and has industry experience in the UK and abroad. Samantha believes in fostering closer networks between academia and industry. She won the national RICS Matrics Young Surveyor of the Year Building Surveying category in 2020. In 2019 she was one of only five finalists nationally for the Women of the Future Awards (Real Estate, Construction and Infrastructure) and she was shortlisted for the UWE Student Staff Outstanding Teaching Awards 2019.

In academia, Samantha has gained experience in working as an associate research fellow, a research assistant, and an associate lecturer. Her current role is Senior Lecturer in Building Surveying, specialising in sustainability. Samantha also co-leads the MSc in Building Surveying.

She forms part of a close team of Building Surveying teaching staff. Her teaching activities include PhD supervision, undergraduate and Masters dissertation supervision, and teaching across modules from level 1 to postgraduate (M level). In addition, she has experience as an academic personal tutor to levels 1 to 3 students. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

During her time in practice, Samantha has gained experience in working on and running construction, refurbishment and other projects. She has experience in working on a range of building types and ages, including listed and scheduled structures.

Samantha led a team as the Principal Investigator on an externally-funded research project for Historic England on the Carbon Reduction Potential of the Historic Building Stock. She was the Principal Investigator for an internal government report for the Department of Energy and Climate Change, a joint project with the University of Birmingham and Bioregional. The focus of this report was on household uptake of low carbon products and services.

Other research has included an inter-institutional project for the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. This was a joint project with the University of Birmingham, the University of Aberdeen, and Ulster University looking titled Innovative Finance for Real Estate Development in Pan-European Regeneration culminating in a digital report, which can be downloaded for free from the RICS website.

Samantha is currently a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Matrics UK Board for those in the early stages of their surveying journey. She has experience of supporting and supervising candidates preparing for their Assessment of Professional Competency (RICS). She is also a mentor for the Mentoring Circle, provides support for a Local Enterprise Partnership regarding outreach and surveying-related careers, is involved with school and club visits to talk about and run activities relating to surveying and engineering. Samantha's PhD on Owner-occupier motivations for energy efficiency refurbishment (domestic) is an area she continues to be passionate about. She presented her findings to an inter-government committee at Whitehall.

Area of expertise

Samantha has particular expertise in sustainability and energy efficiency, particularly in relation to the existing built environment


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