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.
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.
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.
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.
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.