Research at REP: The New Academic Year

Learn about the new developments in research and how businesses can get involved.

By Dr Ruth Pugh, Research Administrator, School of Real Estate & Planning

Centre for Intelligent Places
Academics from Real Estate & Planning, and Informatics have recently played a key role in the development of an ambitious and innovative new research centre: the Henley Business School’s Centre for Intelligent Places.

The Centre is an innovative research platform introducing cutting edge digital-physical (‘digical’) technological solutions to real world development challenges at all territorial scales. Working with a wide range of external stakeholders, end users and delivery partners, the Centre’s focus is on connecting business and communities and delivering research impact to diverse areas of socio-economic significance.

Academics across Henley Business School will collaborate in the development of interdisciplinary research projects delivering state-of the art scholarly research, which will underpin the impact for end users of research. Moreover, an emphasis on research led teaching will ensure that a new generation of enterprising graduates will be equipped with the necessary skills to identify and address future priorities for communities and business.

Outreach activities for the new Centre have included participation and academic membership at several events organised by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Smart Cities, Innovate UK and the Whitehall & Industry Groups. We have also hosted a visit by Venturefest (sponsored by Innovate UK) in order to identify collaborative opportunities to strengthen business innovation eco-systems both locally and globally.

If you would like to learn more about how your organisation can get involved with our research centres please contact

Chinese Academy of Social Science (CASS)
In July, the Centre for Real Estate & Planning Research (CREPR) welcomed a group of delegates from CASS, Beijing, to a research training event on the application of big data and smart social sciences methods and analysis in the fields of real estate and planning. The visiting party was very impressed by the quality and range of research presented by a group of CREPR academic staff, including senior and early career researchers.

Welcomed by the University of Reading Deputy Vice-Chancellor and the Deputy Dean, Henley Business School, the visiting party expressed their keenness to collaborate actively with CREPR going forward; this will be done with the aid of existing academic relationships between the two institutions as well as drawing upon a vast network of current and former students of the Business School.

We very much welcome the opportunity to engage and work with the users of research and partners across all sectors. If you would like to get involved with any of these new initiatives, or know more about our Research Portfolio more generally, please contact Dr Ruth Pugh via  


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