The Private Finance Initiative (PFI) is defined as a form of procurement to encourage private investment in public sector projects. As an example, for the
Squires, G., and Tommaso, G. (2020). The United Nations – Human Settlement Programme (UN-Habitat), the University College of London (UCL). Innovative governance modalities for urban
Squires, G., and Susnjak, T. (2020). Machine Learning for Real Estate and Housing Markets. The Property Foundation Squires, G. (2020). The use of housing charges
NEWS ARTICLE CONTRIBUTIONS I take a public engagement approach and have been interviewed over 50 times by the media on property-related issues. Recent media outputs
Article in National Business Review (NBR) exploring the foreign house buyer ban, Overseas Investment Act All regions showed a drop in affordability over the year.
Article in TVNZ Television New Zealand on Housing Affordability Home affordability has plummeted in many regions across the country over the past year, according to
Article on New Zealand Herald on Housing Affordability and Tenure It’s further bad news for renters with prices across New Zealand climbing steadily in the
Article in Stuff exploring Build to Rent with colleague David White Property specialists at Massey University caution that mass rental housing like apartment blocks need to
Time flies when you are an academic. 10+ years ago I completed a PhD from the University of Manchester (UK), that predominantly focused on exploring
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
Institutions providing access to housing in all tenures have become further entrenched and exposed to financial risk. Literature on housing policy trends and financial risk
Ten years after the Global Financial Crisis, this research examines how resilience theory and rhetoric relating to the economy and housing markets has been translated into policy and
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
The Massey Home Affordability Index takes into account the cost of borrowing as well as house prices and wage levels. This March quarter has seen
The Massey Affordability Index takes into account the cost of borrowing as well as house prices and wage levels. This December quarter has seen a
It is important to consider the merits of using projects bonds to finance infrastructure investment projects – in particular, the pricing of such bonds and the level
Neighbourhoods within area-based initiatives that are engaged with regeneration and renewal often experience difficulties of poverty, disadvantage
There are some 487,000 places in long-stay residential care and nursing homes in the UK representing an
A critical review and analysis of innovative financial instruments for real estate development in Europe will be useful to EU and European national policy makers
Can finance bonding be centred more on affordable housing as well as infrastructure? Some interesting nuances and lessons can be drawn when using a Tax Increment
In considering heritage for buildings within Enterprise Zones, the central premise has been focusing on economic growth, with less thought given to the wider structural and cultural
New forms of governance, conditional approaches to public service access, and initiatives to engage citizens in taking on new responsibilities
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 important to improve understanding of how cities can be better financed to meet challenges over the short and long-term; be they economic, social
Environmental resource issues involving water need to consider third-party external costs (and benefits) – water pollution being one example. Natural resource economics can be applied to this issue and set in
It is worth looking at the impact of community self-build schemes, especially as many have helped ex-service personnel rehabilitate
If the public purse is being squeezed we should start thinking about whether private resources should be used to fund public goods and services. When
There is a need to learn lessons when using spatially targeted fiscal experiments if intervention is to generate wider developmental benefit. For Enterprise Zone concept
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