InterContinental Hotel in Wellington, New Zealand

2010 - The 16th Annual PRRES Conference in Wellington, New Zealand

Industry research needs and how academics could work with industry
January 24 - 27, 2010
InterContinental Hotel in Wellington, New Zealand

Conference Summary

The conference had over 120 delegates attending from countries which included Australia, America, New Zealand, China, Germany, Canada, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Nigeria, Philippines, London, Japan, Singapore, South Africa and Taiwan.

Highlights of the conference included the PhD colloquium, key note speakers, parallel sessions, industry day presentations, property case study competition, prizes and awards and the conference dinner.

The PhD Colloquium was held on Sunday 24th January at the Wellington campus of Massey University.  The opening address was provided by Professor Graeme Newell who provided helpful hints on completing a PhD and the process of getting through the examination period.  There were ten PhD presentations representing seven universities in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Malaysia etc.  The presentations covered property valuation, property taxation, real estate development, property investment,  listed property companies and REITS. The topics were also geographically diversified, covering real estate issues in Australia, Malaysia, Hong Kong, China and other emerging property markets.  It is a good sign to see more PhD students coming with a diversified range of topics.

Professor Terry Boyd delivered the keynote address on Monday entitled ‘The brain’ (sponsored by Estate Master).  He got the audience thinking about strategies to keep the brain active and the neurons connecting (and reconnecting).

Dr Anthony De Francesco delivered a very well prepared  keynote address on Tuesday with the theme ‘industry research needs and how academics could work with industry’.

The parallel sessions held on the three days had presenters addressing a wide range of topics including housing markets, REITS, property development, valuation, housing property investment, finance, affordability, property rights and agency, corporate real estate, property education, land and environment, land supply, rural land returns, management and taxation.

On Wednesday 27th January presenters were invited from the industry.  John Peters from the Commonwealth Bank of Australia provided a positive outlook on the future of countries in the Pacific Basin whose economies are closely tied in with China.   Both Australian and New Zealand property related speakers which followed also spoke positively regarding the future growth of property in these regions.

Another highlight of the conference was the 2010 PRRES Case competition where a team of students from the University of Auckland nudged the University of Southern California  team to win the final by a whisker.  Kahwen Tan is commended for the running of the case competition.

Potential Topics

Housing Economics and Policy; Green Buildings & Environmental Policies; Impact of pandemics upon the built environment; Corporate Real Estate; Asset, Property & Facility Management; IT and Real Estate; International Real Estate; Marketing & Communication in Property; Market Research, Analysis &Forecasting; PPF, PPP & Infrastructures; Performance and Risk Management; Property Development; Property & Urban Economics; Real Estate Finance & Investment; Property Education; Property Valuation; Real Estate Portfolio Management; Tax and Legal Issues in Property; Special Interest Topics - Big Data, PropTech, the Ageing Population; Other topics broadly synergising with the property discipline will be considered.

Peer Review

PRRES 2010 is offering double blind review of full papers. These papers will be published on the PRRES Inc. website

Thank you to our conference organisers

Conference Chair:

Hera Antoniades -

Conference Proceedings Editor:

Dulani Halvitigala -

Proceedings from the 16th Annual Conference PRRES Conference

Delegate Papers

Papers shown as "refereed" have been refereed through a peer review process involving an expert international board of referees headed by Dr Dulani Halvitigala. Full papers were refereed with authors being required to make any changes prior to presentation at the conference and subsequent publication as a refereed paper in these proceedings.   Non-refereed presentations may be presented at the conference without a full paper and hence not all non-refereed presentations and/or papers appear in these proceedings.  All authors retain the copyright in their individual papers.

Keynote Speakers

Dr Terry Boyd

Dr Terry Boyd

Dr Terence (Terry) Boyd spent his working career equally between the property industry and academia. He started practice as a property valuer and portfolio analyst in South Africa. He was a major shareholder and director of Russell, Marriott and Boyd Trust. In 1986 he changed to the academic field where he progressed from lecturer to professor within 8 years. Since retiring as Professor of Property Economics at QUT, he has continued his research into property education and authentic learning environments and is contracted to, inter alia, Queensland Government, the private sector, CQ University, University of the Sunshine Coast and the University of the Philippines Open University. He lives on the Queensland Sunshine Coast and believes firmly in a balanced lifestyle which he currently enjoys.

Terry_Boyd_Keynote.pdf Terry_Boyd_Keynote.pdf (896kB)
Anthony De Francesco

Anthony De Francesco

Managing Director, Investment Property Databank – AUS/NZ Anthony joined IPD in October 2009. IPD (Investment Property Databank) is the world leader in performance analysis for the owners, investors, managers and occupiers of real estate. Anthony is responsible for the delivery of products and services which include: real estate performance analysis; market indices; research publications; and events and training. Prior to this role Anthony held a variety of roles including; the Head of Research at Colonial First Global Asset Management (2003-2009) and of Head of Research with Lend Lease Real Estate Investments Ltd (1998-2002). Anthony has over 10 years experience in various research roles. Anthony is involved in client presentations and seminars. Anthony is also involved in the education programs of the Property Council of Australia (PCA) and other industry and educational institutions. Anthony has a PhD in economics from UNSW with a strong quantitative background.