International Research at Real Estate and Planning in 2015

After excellent Research Excellence Framework (REF) rankings for research in 2014 learn what is going on in 2015.

International Research at REP in 2015

The recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) results confirmed that the Centre for Real Estate and Planning Research (CREPR) has world-leading strengths across a range of disciplines within real estate and planning; 97% of our research outputs were classified as “internationally recognised” in REF terms. In 2015 at CREPR there have been many activities with an International focus.

In February, Professor Kathy Pain presented a global perspective on Øresund real estate at the Øresund Insitute. Øresund is the most well-known example of European cross-border collaboration, with cross-border integration intensifying after the opening in 2000 of the bridge/tunnel across the Sound. The bridge connects major metropolitan areas between Denmark and southern Sweden.

After giving an interview with News Øresund, Kathy travelled to the University of Latvia in Riga, to present at the second in a series of EU Cohesion Policy Conferences. The conference, attended by European Commissioners and academics from across Europe (and beyond), provided a forum for rich debate on cohesion policy and related research priorities. The event focused on how cohesion principles are working in practice and the impact of EU investment across a diverse range of cohesion policy interventions. Based on ESPON (European Spatial Observation Network) research detailed in Kathy's book publication with Gilles Van Hamme, her presentation highlighted the challenge of balancing EU territorial cohesion priorities with those for European agglomeration-dependent economic growth in the context of global urbanisation. Kathy’s research on global financial and business services, and international real estate investment flows (with Colin Lizieri, Cambridge), will inform future REP international external funding proposals.

Also, on a European theme, Dr Gianluca Marcato has been successful in winning EPRA (European Public Real Estate Association) funding to study liquidity premia in European listed securities; this work is being conducted in collaboration with Tillburg University.

 Meanwhile, Dr Angelique Chettiparambil was successful in winning funding to attend a workshop in Delhi, jointly organised by the AHRC (Arts & Humanities Research Council) and IHRC (Indian Council for Historical Research). Academic experts from both countries discussed research agendas for the preservation of India’s rich tangible and non-tangible cultural history within the context of fast urbanisation. Angelique’s involvement in the workshop was important both for CREPR’s ongoing (and future) research and teaching engagements with India.

Our research impact strategy seeks to build on the REF results and develop CREPR’s international engagement within the policy, industry and academic environments. The opening of Reading University Malaysia is one such opportunity and we are delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Dan (Walter) Teck-Hong who brings with him a wealth of experience in real estate economics and international business; his research interests also include sustainability in the built environment, housing market analysis and service sector management.

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