Key Interests: Economics, Planning, Geography, Housing, Property, Development, Finance, Real Estate, Tech, Environment, Society, Politics and Policy.
I am an Economist, Geographer and Planner with expertise in Property and Housing. Currently Head of The Property Group and Associate Head of School of Economics and Finance, College of Business, Massey University, New Zealand. I am a Fulbright Scholar registered at The University of California, Berkeley. Plus, I have lectured in the United Kingdom at The University of Manchester (PhD – University of Manchester, UK), UWE Bristol, and Birmingham University. Visiting positions have been at The University of Illinois, United States; and Delft University, The Netherlands.
I serve as CEO of The Property Foundation that connects academia, the property industry, and society. This connection exemplifies my approach to research that is real-world relevant, multi-stakeholder engaged, and empirically robust. My ethos is to improve the integration of theory-practice-policy that is multi-disciplinary and works with multiple institutions. I am a Member of The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS).
Discipline and subject expertise focus on property in the development-planning nexus with respect to economics and the economy. My 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).
I am the author of 6 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 Construction Procurement – Complex Property Development, and a new title The Economics of Property and Planning: Valuing Future Development.
I have 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), The Fulbright Commission (US-UK), and The United Nations (UN-Habitat)
I take a public engagement approach and have 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.
I am committed to scholarly duties with extensive peer-reviewing on academic journals, doctoral theses, and research grants. I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). For learned societies, I am on the editorial board of the Property Management Journal (PMJ) the Journal of Property Investment and Finance (JPIF), and The International Journal of Housing Markets and Analysis (IJHMA). I serve as board director of the International Real Estate Society (IRES), and President-Elect of the Pacific Rim Real Estate Society (PRRES). Further, I serve as board member of the New Zealand Association of Economists (NZAE).