PRRES Newsletter

October 2009

News from PRRES Members

News from Don Hwa University, Taiwan

Ming-Long Lee finished working at National Yunlin University of Science and Technology on 31st July 2009 and currently is Associate Professor at National Dong Hwa University, Hualien County, Taiwan.

Hualien County is the largest county in Taiwan and is located on the mountainous eastern coast of Taiwan.  The University campus and surrounding grounds total to more than 251 hectares (650 acres).  Nestled between the Coastal Mountain Range and the Central Mountain Range in the verdant and pristine Papaya Creek Delta, the University is situated in a spectacularly beautiful natural environment.  The air is pure and clean, and the campus possesses a tranquil and peaceful quality.

Ming-Long will continue his research and teaching on property investment and valuation in the beautiful campus.  His new email address is

Ming-Long Lee

News from QUT

QUT have recently appointed two new staff into the Property Economics Program. 

Brett McAuliffe has had a long association with QUT and has been a contract lecturer in the valuation and property development areas for a number of years. Prior to joining QUT, Brett worked as a property consultant and valuer in his own firm.  Brett is a member of the Queensland Valuers Registration Board and is currently on the API Journal editorial subcommittee. 

Lyndall Bryant also joined the full time staff at QUT in July this year.  Prior to commencing at QUT Lyndall was Director of Real Estate Services and Ernst and Young Brisbane.  Lyndall also has an extensive knowledge of the Brisbane property market and is now lecturing in the areas of property development and property and asset management.  Lyndall has also held the position of Vice president for the Property Council of Australia, Queensland Division. 

Both Brett and Lyndall will be presenting their first PRRES papers at the Wellington Conference.

Chris Eves

News from Deakin University

Deakin University has a new full-time staff member in Neville Hurst who commenced during 2009 after a successful career in property and real estate education at Swinburne for many years.  Neville has a strong background in real estate which has impressed the students in Property Management and associated units.

Deakin University has been working closely with the API and once again assisted in May 2009 with the delivery of another module of the Specialist Retail Valuer course at the API Victorian office.  In September 2009 Sara Wilkinson presented a paper at the API Victorian Conference on ‘sustainability and residential value’ whilst Neville Hurst presented a paper co-authored with Amy Guy and Richard Reed about mapping and property.  Also in September Richard presented a paper on ‘automated valuation models’ (AVMs) at the API South Australian conference. 

From 2010 the property course at Deakin course will be relocating to the Business and Law Faculty at the Burwood campus (from the Faculty of Science and Technology).  This will not affect existing staff and students who are already located on this campus but will provide resources for additional postgraduate offerings. 

Richard Reed

News from RMIT

The School of Property, Construction and Project Management at RMIT is looking for a Visiting Professor in Property. They also have a new academic staff member, Judith Callahan.  James Baxter has just published a Rural Valuation textbook and Matt Myers is conducting an exciting RMIT Study Tour to Fiji.

David Higgins

News from UniSA

UniSA is pleased to announce the appointment of its first Professor of Property, Professor David Parker. This is also the first such appointment in South Australia. David comes to the university with a strong industry background in portfolio management, asset management and property analysis and the property academics at UniSA are looking forward very much to working with their new professor!

Another important landmark in 2009 was Peter Rossini receiving his 25 Years Long Service Award from the UniSA Vice Chancellor Professor Peter Hoj!  A great achievement and Peter richly deserves the award. 

This year also saw the signing of an important MOU between the UniSA and the SA State Government Land Services Group (Valuer General).  The MOU sets out criteria for mutual cooperation in terms of research opportunities and contribution to the implementation of world’s best land administration practice. The initiative came out of a number of meetings held between the SA Valuer General and members of the Property Group including visiting Professor Stanley McGreal from the University of Ulster. This lays a good foundation for building future collaboration between UniSA and the property industry in SA.

Paul Kershaw retired from UniSA in 2009 but has been retained as an Adjunct Research Fellow and continues to attend and contribute to PRRES.  A great night was held by all at his Property Group farewell dinner; location? Where else but the Adelaide Cricket Ground! 

In his final year of teaching Paul has also won a prestigious teaching award as part of a School of Commerce team, and been awarded a highly competitive Australian Award for University Teaching from the National Australian Learning and Teaching Council. The awards are worth $25,000 each, and recognise the nation's top university teachers. With only 24 awards granted in 2009, this is significant and prestigious achievement. The awardees will attend a ceremony at Parliament House in Canberra where they will be presented with their Award by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Education, The Honourable Julia Gillard.

Valerie Kupke

16th Pacific Rim Real Estate Society Conference 2010

The 16th PRRES Conference will be held at the InterContinental Hotel, Wellington, New Zealand from 24th to 27th January 2010. Over 100 papers have been submitted to the conference on a wide range of topics and while the refereed section is now closed, there are still a small number of spaces for non-refereed papers.

  • Highlights of the 2010 PRRES conference will include:

  • Industry Day, with presentations by leading property practitioners in a range of property areas.

  • Active sponsorship by API, PINZ, RICS, Estate Master Conference dinner

  • Presentation of 2010 PRRES Achievement Award

  • PhD Colloquium to support new property researchers

  • Property Case competition between student teams from various universities.

Full details regarding PRRES conference registration are available on the PRRES website

The PRRES Conference Committee have been working very hard and look forward to seeing a large number of academics, students and property professionals attending  the 16th PRRES Conference in 2010!

Raewyn Fortes on behalf of the 16th PRRES Conference Committee

2010 PRRES Case Competition

The inaugural PRRES Case Competition, held during the annual conference in Sydney earlier in this year, was hailed a total success, with participants champing at the bit to compete in other similar competitions. 

This year the PRRES Board has once again kindly agreed to sponsor the 2010 event. With more international universities to make an appearance, it will not only add to the competitiveness and prestige of this event but will bring the best Business School Scholars from round the world together.

The finals will be on the 26th January, Tuesday at 4pm at the InterContinental Hotel, Wellington. Universities who are interested in sending a representative team to the 2010 Wellington Conference should contact the PRRES Case Competition organiser KahWen Tan,

KahWen Tan

PRRES 2010 PhD Colloquium

You are cordially invited by Massey University and the Pacific Rim Real Estate Society (PRRES) to participate in the PRRES PhD Colloquium to be held on January 24 as part of the 16th PRRES Conference, which will be held in Wellington, New Zealand over January 24 – 27, 2010. This PhD colloquium has been highly successful over the past years in supporting PhD student research. PRRES will also be providing two scholarships (at $1500 each) to encourage quality property PhD student attendance.

All presented papers will be given supportive and constructive feedback from senior property academics and fellow postgraduate students during the open discussion and question and answer sessions after each presentation. In addition, after the presentation, presenters who have submitted summaries and proposals will receive detailed comments from a designated property academic.

Students who wish to present their work should submit a research summary of not more than five pages (including key references) for review no later than 12 October 2009. These submissions will be considered by a panel of property academics.

To attend this colloquium, a paper summary should be sent in a Word attachment to Dr Max Li, Massey University at Students should indicate whether they wish to be considered for the PRRES scholarship.

Max Li

Pacific Rim Property Research Journal - Online

PRRES members will be aware that they receive the Pacific Rim Property Research Journal (PRPRJ) in hard copy, four times a year as a part of membership.  Some members may not be aware that all the articles from PRPRJ are also published on the PRRES website and available in electronic format, free of charge. 

The articles from each edition are available edition-by-edition from the PRRES home page or from the PRPRJournal link.  Also using the Search facility on the PRRES webpage (from Search link) provides access to the index of all papers held on the PRRES website.

Nearly 1000 articles are currently held on the PRRES site and searchable by a number of criteria.  These are from the PRPRJ or the annual PRRES conference.  Each of these articles now has a static address.  Members who publish papers are requested to provide this address for access to their articles rather than sending out copies of paper via e-mail or putting papers on other servers to access via links.  There are two advantages in this.  It promotes PRRES and may encourage users to search for more papers. Also PRRES are now able to track “hits” on individual articles and it’s is proposed that the results will be made available in some way.  By sending people to your paper on the PRRES site you will get a better idea of how many people are accessing your work.

To find the static address of your paper (using internet explorer)

  1. Go to the PRRES web site and to the Search link in the top menu.

  2. Enter your last name as the authors name in the second section to search the PRRES database of papers. This will find any papers where your last name is listed as one of the authors.

  3. Once you click search you should get a list of all your papers together with the title, abstract, keywords and a link to the paper if we hold the full paper.

  4. If there is a blue active link to your paper RIGHT CLICK on the link and choose “open in new window”. This will open your paper in a separate window and the static address will be in the address bar at the top of the screen.

  5. You can link to this address directly.

Peter Rossini (PRRES webmaster)

International Property Research Conference: Update

Pacific-Rim Real Estate Society, PRRES
Wellington New Zealand: January, 2010
click here for details

American Real Estate Society, ARES
Naples, Florida: April 14 -17, 2010

European Real Estate Society, ERES
Milan, Italy: June 23-26, 2010

Asian Real Estate Society, AsRES
Kaohsiung City, Taiwan: July 09-12, 2010

PRRES Newsletter

Editor: Valerie Kupke, UniSA

Webmaster: Peter Rossini, UniSA

Next edition April 2010