Graham Squires

Professor of Property Studies, Massey University, New Zealand (PhD – University of Manchester, UK).


Key Interests: Housing, Economics, Planning, Geography, Development, Finance, Real Estate, Tech, Environment, Society, Politics and Policy.

Graham Squires is Professor of Property at Massey University, New Zealand. Prior to this, he was Director of The Real Estate Analysis Unit. He is currently Head of The Property Group and Associate Head of School of Economics and Finance, College of Business. He is a Fulbright Scholar registered at The University of California, Berkeley. He has lectured in the United Kingdom at The University of Manchester, UWE Bristol, and Birmingham University. Visiting positions have been at The University of Illinois, United States; and Delft University, The Netherlands.

He is the current CEO of The Property Foundation that connects academia, the property industry, and society. This connection exemplifies his approach to research that is real-world relevant, multi-stakeholder engaged, and empirically robust. His ethos is to improve the integration of theory-practice-policy that is multi-disciplinary and works with multiple institutions.

Discipline and subject expertise focus on property in the development-planning nexus with respect to economics and the economy. His work involves cutting-edge large-scale projects that provide international lesson learning and policy transfer. Recent studies include concerns of housing affordability, affordable housing, housing market resilience, infrastructure finance, real estate crowdfunding (FinTech), and machine learning in real estate (PropTech-Artificial Intelligence).

He is the author of 4 books all published by Routledge. Urban and Environmental Economics (2012). International Approaches to Real Estate Development (2015) with A/Prof. Erwin Heurkens (Delft, Netherlands). Building Procurement (2011) with Brian Greenhalgh. Plus, Routledge Companion to Real Estate Development (2017) with A/Prof. Erwin Heurkens and Prof. Rick Peiser (Harvard, United States). Forthcoming books published by Routledge include the Second Edition of Building Procurement, and a new title The Economics of Property and Planning. He has over 80 peer review journals, conference papers, grant-funded reports, and book chapters. Grant funders include The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (UK, Global), Valuers Education and Integrity Foundation (New Zealand), The Property Foundation (New Zealand), Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC, UK), Department for Communities and Local Government (CLG, UK), Economics and Social Research Council (UK), and The Fulbright Commission (US-UK).

He takes a public engagement approach and has been interviewed over 50 times by the media on property-related issues. Recent media outputs include TVNZ, Radio NZ, NewsTalk ZB, National Business Review, Stuff, The Dominion Post, NZ Herald, and NewsHub. Outreach includes invitations to many globally recognised academic seminars, consultancies, and professional bodies. With over 20 invited roles as keynote speaker, chair, host, guest speaker, and panel speaker.

He is also committed to scholarly duties with extensive peer-reviewing on academic journals, doctoral theses, and research grants. For learned societies, he is on the editorial board of the Property Management Journal (PMJ) and the Journal of Property Investment and Finance (JPIF). He is  a board director of the International Real Estate Society (IRES). Plus, President-Elect of the Pacific Rim Real Estate Society (PRRES).



Editor – Conference Proceedings Editor – PRRES Pacific Rim Real Estate Society 2020, Canberra, Australia, January 2020

Guest Speaker – Big Issues in Business, Massey University, ‘Affordability and Build to Rent’, Wellington & Palmerston North, New Zealand, 12th and 13th September 2019

Host – Property Foundation Seminar – Auckland, New Zealand, 13th August 2019

Attendee – RICS Awards 2019 – Auckland, New Zealand, 25th July 2019

Presenter – Massey University Seminar Series – Palmerston North, New Zealand, 15th May 2019

Attendee – RICS 2019 Global Economic Outlook Series – Wellington, New Zealand, 20th February 2019

Host – Property Foundation Seminar – Wellington, New Zealand, 22nd November 2018

Host – Property Foundation Launch – Auckland, New Zealand, 4th October 2018

Chairperson – AHDS (Affordable Housing Development Summit). Auckland, New Zealand. 22-23rd August 2018

Panel Speaker – ERES (European Real Estate Society). IRES (International Real Estate Society) Global Real Estate and Property Education Panel: The Next 25 Years “What we can do, must do, will do.”. Reading, United Kingdom, June 2018

Guest Speaker – UTS (University of Technology Sydney), Sydney, Australia, June, 2018

Guest Speaker – Developers Forum – Hamilton, New Zealand, February 2018

Guest Speaker – Housing Economics in New Zealand (Delegation from Denmark) – Wellington, New Zealand, February 2018

Opening Speaker – NZPIF (New Zealand Prooerty Investors Federation) – Napier, New Zealand, October 2017

Guest Speaker – PINZ (Property Institute New Zealand) – Palmerston North, New Zealand, August 2017.

Guest Speaker – LEANZ (Law and Economics Association New Zealand) – Wellington, New Zealand. August 2017.

Guest Speaker – Delft University, The Netherlands. July 2017.

Seminar Speaker – Economics and Finance Seminar Series. Massey University, New Zealand. May 2017

Guest Speaker – JBA Urban Consultancy, Sydney, Australia. January 2017

Guest Speaker – De Montfort University, Leicester, United Kingdom. February 2016

UN (United Nations) Habitat III Input to – GAP (General Assembly of Partners) PCG (Partner Constituent Groups) EAROPH (Eastern Regional Organisation for Planning and Human Settlements) for the memorandum ‘Municipal Finances’ within policy area Urban Framework. November 2015

Guest Speaker – University of Westminster (Highbury Group). – London, United Kingdom, March 2015

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Peer Review College Member 2015-2019

Independent Social Research Foundation (ISRF). Reviewer 2014

Urban Revitalization of Mass Housing. UN-Habitat International Competition. National Jury Reviewer 2014

Guest Speaker – Delft University. November 2014

Guest Speaker – RICS Hungary. October 2014

Guest Speaker – West of England Housing Delivery Panel. February 2014



Post Grad – Urban Economics and Real Estate

Post Grad – Planning Methods and Techniques

Post Grad – Housing and the Economy

Post Grad – Research Methods for Policy and Practice

Post Grad – Real Estate Investment and Development

Post Grad – Dissertations / Research Reports

Under Grad – Business Internship

Under Grad – Property Economics

Under Grad – Dissertations

Under Grad – Property Development Economics

Under Grad – Housing Economics and Finance

Under Grad – Land Use Economics

Under Grad – Planning for Real Estate

Under Grad – Real Estate Economics

Under Grad – Property Development

Under Grad – Dissertation

Under Grad – Urban and Environmental Economics

Under Grad – Economy, Society and the Built Environment

Under Grad – Information Management for the Built Environment

Under Grad – Context of Property



Samantha Organ. (2012-2015). Motivations for Energy Efficient Refurbishment in Housing. PhD

Adekunle, Ogunnaike. (2013-2016). Enhancing Homeownership Opportunities Amoung Middle-Income Earners. PhD.

Alan Pope. (2014-2000). Leasehold land and investor decision making. PhD

David White. (2017-). Behavioural Economics and Finance in Property, Affordable Housing and Residential Invesment. PhD

Nikki Montgomery (2017-). Financing Real Estate with Crowd-Funding. PhD

Hai Hong Trinh (2020-) Investigating bonds as financial innovation in the development of infrastructure and housing: The role of project bonds



Visiting Researcher at Delft University, Netherlands. 2017

Fulbright Visiting Scholar at University of California, Berkeley.  RICS Scholar Award. 2013

Visiting Researcher at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 2006



Editorial Board. Property Management (PM) Journal. 2017 to Current

Editorial Board. Journal of Property Investment and Finance (JPIF). 2019 to Current



President-Elect of The Pacific Rim Real Estate Society (PRRES). 2020 to 2022

Board Member of The Pacific Rim Real Estate Society (PRRES). 2018 to Current

Board Representative of the International Real Estate Society (IRES). 2020 to Current



MRICS (Member Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) 2018

PhD (Planning) University of Manchester 2009

MA (Development Studies with Research Training)
 University of Manchester 2004

BA Hons (Economics)
 University of Manchester 2000

PG(Cert)THLE – PostGrad. Cert. Learning and Teaching in Higher Education

FHEA – Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2010



Environment and Planning A

Housing Markets and Analysis

Housing Studies

Urban Studies

Urban Regeneration and Renewal

Land Use Policy

Sustainable Development and Planning

Journal of Building Pathology and Adaptation

Property Management Journal

Town Planning Review (TPR)

Evolutionary and Institutional Economics Review

Business Studies Journal

Financial Management of Property and Construction

Cultural Economy

Housing and the Built Environment

Habitat International

European Real Estate Research

Urban Research and Practice

Property Investment and Finance

Economic Papers




ESRC 2015

ANR, DFG, ESRC and NWO 2016

ISITE_BFC-Emergence Projects 2018



University of Birmingham (Internal)

University of the Witwatersrand (External)

University of Melbourne (External)

Deakin University, Australia (External)



Housing Studies Association (HSA)

European Network for Housing Research (ENHR)

Association of American Geographers (AAG)

Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP)

European Urban Research Association (EURA)

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS / COBRA)

European Real Estate Society (ERES)

Higher Education Academy (HEA)

American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association (AREUEA)

Pacific Rim Real Estate Society (PRRES)




Associate Head of School – Massey University, New Zealand. 2018 – Current

Executive Director/CEO – The Property Foundation (TPF) – Massey University, New Zealand – 2016 – Current

Head of Property Group – Massey University, New Zealand. 2016 – Current

College of Business Board Member (Elected) – Massey University, New Zealand. 2019 – 2021

School Research Committee Member – Massey University, New Zealand. 2020 – Current

School Teaching Committee Member – Massey University, New Zealand. 2020 – Current


Chair of Housing Advice Centre, New Zealand. 2018 – 2019

Director – Real Estate Analysis Unit (REAU) – Massey University, New Zealand – 2016 – 2018

School Ethics Co-Ordinator – University of Birmingham. 2014-2016

Housing and Real Estate Research Cluster Lead -UWE, Bristol. 2012-2014