The valuation of external costs and benefits will be difficult but necessary if the full cost or benefit to society and the environment is to
Choice is an important element in economic thinking if there are scarce resources and infinite wants. Places that are booming will have to make choices,
The discovery of what specific policy mechanisms can be used to finance affordable housing is extremely helpful. Different ‘types’ of mechanisms are available in the
[1500 Words; 8 Minute Read] In this post, we focus on the importance of methods to aid international ‘real world’ research. Natural sciences often place
[2000 Words; 10 minute Read] The Private Finance Initiative (PFI) is defined as a form of procurement to encourage private investment in public sector projects.
[2000 Words; 10 Minute Read] It is important to improve understanding of how cities can be better financed to meet affordable housing challenges over the
[800 Words; 5 Minute Read] Research methodology often incorporates case studies, and it is important to outline case study epistemological merits and limitations. Firstly, the
[1000 Words; 5 Minute Read] A Public Private Partnership (PPP) is a public service or private business venture that is funded and operated through a
[1300 Words; 10 Minute Read]. The post explores what is involved and could be considered when transferring policy from one context to another. At the
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[1100 Words; 4 Minute Read] “Decent, affordable housing is fundamental to the health and well-being of people and to the smooth functioning of economies” (Woetzel
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Building a 2nd Brain and Personal Knowledge Management (PKM) In the new pedagogical landscape, I am looking at the limits of teaching and learning as
In the lead up to the New Zealand 2020 election it is worthwhile having a look at what proportion of people bother to vote. Here
I did some work looking housing affordability trajectories in New Zealand’s regions. All very techy, but essentially evidencing how 4 clustered regions have converged in
Here we find some initial analysis that I’ve done looking retrospectively on the 2017 election in New Zealand. Its thrown up some interesting aspects that
Over the last few years, I’ve spent some time looking at and engaging with the affordability debate. For New Zealand, it is a significant but
Fast forward 36 years and we see the land value of sales in Auckland’s districts skyrocket. Auckland city at median land value of $500,000 (previously
In playing around with QGIS for another project I’ve mapped Auckland district median land values as of 1981. Auckland City land values at a mere
Here’s an excerpt from on recent research project on Machine Learning for Real Estate and Housing Markets… “…Here we consider all 21 national-level indicators and
Approaches to international comparative analysis of real estate development can be used to bring out some comparisons in case study sites. Key layers and mechanisms
Owner-occupier motivation is multifaceted and complex. It is the precursor to energy efficiency refurbishment (i.e. action) and to encourage a greater uptake such refurbishment better
For New Zealand, at a national scale housing policy trends have encouraged market engagement given its high proportion of residential ownership, with social housing provision
Here’s an excerpt from a recent Journal Paper where we see An acceleration in Auckland and Central Otago Lakes since 2013 Median house price trends
The graph depicts the year-on-year percentage changes of the amount of economic activity being generated in the Rental, Hiring and Real-estate Sector over the volatile
Editorial for Journal of Property Investment and Finance https://www.emerald.com/insight/content/doi/10.1108/JPIF-02-2020-141/full/html
Interesting house price index from The Economist post GFC
This data visualisation talk is really good Especially the interesting budget visualisation, demonstrating the enormous relative impact of the GFC
A really useful starting point in understanding the PropTech field is from the consultancy-university report authored by Andrew Baum at Oxford University https://www.sbs.ox.ac.uk/sites/default/files/2018-07/PropTech3.0.pdf
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
In a journal paper we argue that Disruptive Innovation Theory indicates that there is disruptive potential of Real Estate Crowd-Funding (RECF). As an excerpt…”RECF seems
Policymakers in New Zealand are attempting to achieve improved environmental outcomes by implementing an output-based approach to non-point-source
How do housing stakeholders align future private and public spending to identify investment opportunities and help meet the City’s broader economic and spatial
It is worth looking at the impact of community self-build schemes, especially as many have helped ex-service personnel rehabilitate
Urban policy transfer between the US and UK has long been of interest to researchers and practitioners. Given the recent wider context of reduced direct
I completed a PhD from the University of Manchester (2009), that predominantly focused on exploring the drivers and dynamics associated with what I termed ‘low
If you need a companion to understand real estate development this collection is the best around
First class collection of real estate development literature, with an international framing.
Best there is if you are interested in procuring and building
And what a book.
Wonderful introduction to economics in the field of property from my old room mate.
Textbook outlining the history and development of urban and regional planning
Arguing the case for housing as needing radical political and economic attention
Good compendium of journal papers looking at affordable housing as the contemporary crisis unfolds
Major textbook on globalisation of the economy in the social sciences.
Spatial application of economic theory using old and new modelling techniques to look at urban and regional phenomena.
Brilliant follow up teaching that progress and growth can come from surrendering to the moment.
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
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
Important stocktake that cities should not necessarily be celebrated given their contradictions, and that these tensions make cities what they are.
Accessible methods textbook that has stood the test of time.
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
Islamic history and more importantly the birth of modern sociology 400 years before Comte.
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
Looking at how societies see time, particularly as an economic ‘resource’ both natural and cultural
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
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.
In erring towards science over faith, this book places an importance on realising the human limits of understanding in physical and mental reasoning.
Useful practical reading on valuation methods
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.
Popularising the ‘Edge City’ term for growing development of commercial hub activity outside of the urban core.
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.
Text that provides a history of urban planning in addition to some of the social and economic problems that underpin its theory and practice.
Popularising early thought on human behaviour in the neoclassical economics paradigm – diagrams, maths, marginal utilities, and elasticities being embedded as principles.
Book that energised the garden city movement as a utopian desire to live in harmony with nature
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.
How globalisation of capital has created new governance of the state beyond the nation
Exploring and supporting the movement for more walkable cities given the modern historical influence of the car.
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.