PRRES Achievement Award
David Parker - 2014
The 2014 PRRES Achievement Award was presented to Professor David Parker from the University of South Australia for his outstanding contribution to the Society, scholarly research, property education and interaction with the property industry.
Professor Parker was instrumental in the initial formation of the Society and has served on the PRRES Board for three separate terms. In 1994, Professor Parker convened the first PRRES Postgraduate Colloquium, an event which has now become an established part of the PRRES Conference. Professor Parker edited the Society’s first and second monographs, “Property Into The Next Millennium” published in 2000 and “The Future of Property Education in Australia” published in 2011. As President in 2007, Professor Parker restructured the governance of the Society prior to serving as Executive Director from 2010. Becoming Editor of the Pacific Rim Property Research Journal in 2012, Professor Parker managed the transition of the Journal to external publication by the internationally recognised Taylor and Francis.
Professor Parker has researched and published widely in the area of property investment decision making and Real Estate Investment Trusts, being author of the highly regarded scholarly work “Global Real Estate Investment Trusts: People, Process and Management”. Professor Parker has also been at the cutting edge of property research with his work on optionality, including organising the RICS Foundation Global Symposium on “Optionality” in 2012.
Following appointment as the inaugural Professor of Property at the University of South Australia, Professor Parker led the development of the undergraduate course to include a greater focus on ethics and the inclusion of positive psychology, together with the development of the postgraduate product for AQF compliance.
Professor Parker was the first property practitioner in Australia to achieve a PhD in property and held senior management positions with various groups including Schroders, ANZ Funds Management and Morningstar, being the most active member of the property industry in the Society until his appointment to academia in 2009.