PRRES Newsletter

April 2010

PRRES 2010 Conference Wellington, New Zealand

My belated best wishes to all members of PRRES for the 2010 academic year.  We have already commenced our year with a very successful annual conference hosted by Song Shi and his team from Massey University.  Extending on my comments from the conference dinner, I would like to congratulate Song and his team for a wonderful conference in Wellington, New Zealand.

The Wellington conference also marked the end of Deborah Levy's two-year term as PRRES president.  Deborah's contribution to our society in this period has been most significant.  Deborah has been the driving force behind the introduction of the student case competition, a feature of our last two annual conferences which has added a new and exciting dimension to our activities.  Deborah has also been instrumental in developing a strategic plan for the society which is ongoing and focused towards addressing some important initiatives for the future development of our society.  Click here to read Deborah's Outgoing Presidents report.

It is appropriate to again briefly acknowledge the passing of Professor RTM (Tom) Whipple in January of this year.  Tom's contribution to academic life in our region was most influential.  We will be marking his contribution in a special issue of the Pacific Rim Property Research Journal (PRPRJ) later this year.  All members have been forwarded details of this issue and the details also appear on our website.  I would urge all members to support this special issue of the Journal with relevant submissions.

I would like to emphasise the two significant achievements of our society in achieving an A ranking for our conference and a B ranking for the PRPRJ in the Australian Research Council (ARC) Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) initiative.  These are significant achievements and are largely due to the significant contributions of Graeme Newell and the editorial board of the PRPRJ, all of our recent conference organisers and most significantly our webmaster Peter Rossini.  I have been actively checking other society websites in recent months and can confidently state that our website is the most current and relevant for all of our academic members.  In this new era of research performance and auditing requirements it is most important that we have an efficient online publishing forum.  Once again, Peter has delivered in a most timely fashion.  All Wellington papers are now fully available online.

Finally, I would ask that all members support the upcoming annual conferences of our sister societies if possible.  I look forward to seeing our members at these conferences later in the year and would ask that you all promote the details of our January 2011 conference to be hosted by Bond University on the Gold Coast Queensland.


Greg Costello,

PRRES President

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