Spatial application of economic theory using old and new modelling techniques to look at urban and regional phenomena.
Arguing early on that markets are driven by psychological and social factors rather than fundamental values. Especially in later editions that consider housing market bubbles.
Important text from the 20th century that unpicks earlier pure logic work, to identify the complexity of language that form the basis of most philosophical problems
Long running textbook that introduces the basics of urban economic theory and concepts. As well as some economic policy ideas to deal with urban problems.
1860 saw the birth of capitalism in political language. This book explores the period where private enterprise is maintained in a belief of developing economic growth to spur material and moral advancement.
Important stocktake that cities should not necessarily be celebrated given their contradictions, and that these tensions make cities what they are.
Urban and economic geography, looking at what makes cities grow and decline. Particular focus on urban development from forces that are economic, institutional, innovational/interactional, and political.
Largely mathematical underpinning of urban economics principles, that help those new to subject have a clear and precise introduction
Useful economics text on real estate in cities , with examples helping to demonstrate the theory and practice
From the father of utilitarianism this text sets the new legal thinking on societal motivations and intentions
Set over four books, this leading text of the enlightenment covers nurture, experience/reflection, language, and the limits of knowledge.
Leading text on real estate investment as an asset class, with international cases that illuminate strategic theory that is used in practice
Postmodern thinking on taxonomies, in that structures are set within the parameters of their own historical epistemological norms such as scientific discourse. Subtitled the ‘Archaeology Of The Human Sciences’.
Influential books #74 Urban Planning and Real Estate Development by John Ratcliffe, Michael Stubbs and Miles Keeping
Now a decade on since the third edition. A really great theory-practice book at the nexus of urban planning and real estate development.
Famous for macroeconomic thinking on the positives of fiscal intervention as counter-cyclical to peaks and troughs in growth.
BCIS is held by RICS Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in the UK. Useful data for doing residual land valuations and development appraisals. To quote RICS…’This tool helps you prepare cost plans, provide early cost advice to clients and benchmark costs for both commercial and residential buildings’. Here is the link https://www.rics.org/uk/products/data-products/bcis-construction/
In erring towards science over faith, this book places an importance on realising the human limits of understanding in physical and mental reasoning.
When using online survey methods, two useful software products are Qualtrics and Survey Monkey. Basic techniques for analysing the findings are also available in the software. See the links here: https://www.qualtrics.com/ https://www.surveymonkey.com/
One of the go-to textbooks for commercial and industrial property (real estate) valuations and appraisals.
Rebalancing historical, spatial, and social considerations in the production of space. Further real and imagined dimensions are used to build a new theoretical urban frame.
Beyond the idea of the monarchy making legislative decisions, the social contract progresses to argue an allocation of power by the people.
A thorough body of work exploring poverty from theory to practice as applied to the United Kingdom. Published at a pivotal political turn in 1979.
NNIP is a useful networked repository for neighbourhood scale data. As highlighted on the NNIP site, data collection and analysis are essential parts of NNIP’s work in communities. See the data sources link below: https://www.neighborhoodindicators.org/data-tech/sources
Popularising the ‘Edge City’ term for growing development of commercial hub activity outside of the urban core.
The Real Estate Institute New Zealand (REINZ) provides useful sales data collected from the point of unconditional and conditional sale. Regional median house price and house price index analysis, as part of the wider residential data sets, can be found here: https://www.reinz.co.nz/residential-property-data-gallery
Compelling historical critique of the neoliberal project of free(er) markets that has dominated contemporary thinking and practice.
Reflective book on travels in South America that strengthened structuralist thinking. The idea that there are underlying universal structures in the human condition.
‘Research’ is a term that covers a multitude of activities, but in one way or another they are all about finding things out. At one level this can mean simply collecting information, so that an evening spent on the internet looking up holiday options is a form of research. But at another level research involves […]
Text that provides a history of urban planning in addition to some of the social and economic problems that underpin its theory and practice.
LINZ holds New Zealand land and seabed data, and also provides data services. According to LINZ… You can search, browse for and download data online on the LINZ Data Service. You can add datasets, visualise data in your map, and crop datasets – all without the need for special software. You can also integrate the […]
Popularising early thought on human behaviour in the neoclassical economics paradigm – diagrams, maths, marginal utilities, and elasticities being embedded as principles.
I currently have capacity to take on further PhD students that fit with my broad academic interests of: Property (Real Estate) Economics and Finance I have supervised on the following PhD research: Samantha Organ. (2012-2015). Motivations for Energy Efficient Refurbishment in Housing. PhD Adekunle, Ogunnaike. (2013-2016). Enhancing Homeownership Opportunities Among Middle-Income Earners. PhD. Alan Pope. (2016-Current). […]
Book that attracted new attention post global financial crisis, in that accumulation of non-government debt creates a condition for instability in the economy.
Initial founding writings on the idea of positivism, where observations in science are seen as the most effective approach.
Exploring and supporting the movement for more walkable cities given the modern historical influence of the car.
Digital mapping and spatial analysis is often done by GIS. The main company dealing in this is ESRI, here is an interesting ESRI-centric history and link to the software https://www.esri.com/en-us/what-is-gis/history-of-gis
Work post WW2 that promotes the idea of limited government involvement, to enable universal market efficiency, and thus liberalism in the sense of individual freedoms.
A touchstone for political theory of distributive justice, looking normatively to rebalance equality of opportunity and helping the more disadvantaged in society.
For quantifying and analysing qualitative data I tend to use NVivo. Here’s a link to the software page: https://www.qsrinternational.com/nvivo/nvivo-products
Here’s part of an article I wrote for the main online NZ media outlet stuff.co.nz on housing affordability prior to the 2017 election… Talk of a housing “crisis” tends to focus on an increasing number of people not being able to afford good quality, affordable housing – whether through owner-occupation, private renting or social renting. Affordability […]
I currently serve on the editorial board for the Property Management journal. The journal aims to provide current information and research findings in the property management field. The journal has adopted a wide subject remit and addresses key issues from an international perspective, covering all aspects of property management, such as social inclusion and environmental issues, […]
Origins of spatial economics where the price willing to rent land is spatially and locationally determined
Some of my time is spent working on the PRRES (Inc) organisation board. Here’s some information on what the organisation is about: PRRES was established in 1993 to provide a formal focus for property researchers, educators and practitioners in the Pacific-Rim Region. PRRES now has over 130 members from Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, […]
A focus on realism in methods that helped popularise more rigorous empirical and theoretical research
Moving forward philosophies on the nature of reality by developing thought on both rationalism and empiricism, and in doing so synthesising separations of reason and human experience.
I’m serving on the editorial board of the Journal of Property Investment and Finance. The objectives of the journal are to… be an international forum for the interchange of information and ideas relating to property valuation and investment, property management and decision making in all property markets. The aim is to inform and encourage debate […]
One of the first to crystallise thinking of city economies working as hierarchies in a global system
A book that exerts post-modern urban planning as one that includes diversity, community and environment.
Classical economic thinking that brought to prominence the benefits of free trade via comparative advantage, and an articulation of how population growth increases economic rent
17th Century writing on social contract, where power is handed to an absolute sovereign in return for some form of protection.
A focus on UK Housing directions to encourage a long look at wealth and inequality, rather than simply building more homes
The central text of Marxian economics, a critique of capitalism from a perspective of the production process. Marx was a self proclaimed non-Marxist.
The main architect behind one of the most influential modern philosophies of our time, in interview this gives a good primer into understanding its emergence, what it is, and where it is heading.
Proponent of sociology as a positivist science, encouraging a school of structural-functionalism thinking, whilst encouraging thought on a collective rather than individual basis – e.g. a ‘collective consciousness’
Modern America needed to be measured to become wealthy. Interesting alternative focus on how this big land sale happened.
Bringing economic theory closer to the reality of societies biggest concerns, and setting the benchmark for scholarly work over the next two centuries.
Intensely detailed outline of the history and evolution of housing policy that has shaped US housing sector.
Laying the foundations in thinking that costs external to the market can be dealt with by better defined property rights
I have spent a great deal of time running over the last 20 years or so. Thought I’d log some events I’ve been in, I can’t remember all of the years… London Marathon 2003 London Marathon 2006 Leicester Marathon 2015 Chester Half Macclesfield Half Silverstone Half 2004 Congleton Half 2004 Wilmslow Half 2008 Bristol Half […]
Often converted into books as translated excerpts, the work generated 20th century thinking on cultural hegemony, where cultural formed ideology such as capitalism (and communism) are maintained by the powerful. It’s a matter of perspective.
Sociological and economic realisation that promotion of hard work and discipline in Protestantism coincided with capitalistic conditions.
Thoughtful and practical take on the supply of commercial buildings, that house those managing money to perpetuate wealth.
Almost personalising gentrification in cities as some form of revenge by capital on (non-capital owning) people
Arguing for normative social justice based approaches rather than growth strategies to deal with city problems of inequity, democracy and diversity.
A look into the past and some insightful futurist thinking as to what types of jobs will be left once the digital revolution fully takes hold.
Insightful writing on the global history of land ownership, questioning where we are heading, as well as providing alternatives to an ever increasing individualised private ownership
A contribution to urban theory from the late 1960s on the major determinants of urban growth in the economy.
Late 18th century text that brought to light the relationship between natural resources and human demography.
Bridging philosophy of mind and material, enabling an intellectual and practical take on how space is produced.