PRRES Newsletter

October 2008


PhD Colloquium, PRRES Conference 2009, Sydney

Who should attend?

Any students who are currently studying towards a Doctorate degree in an area of property are welcome to attend the colloquium:

(a)           Students who are well advanced in their research will present their initial findings and receive feedback which will be useful to them in writing up their thesis and in turning their research into property research publications;

(b)           Students who have completed their initial research proposal and literature review should present their work and receive helpful advice to assist them with their research progress;

(c)           Students who are in the preliminary stages of their research, or just contemplating a research degree will benefit by listening to the discussion, the proposals and the research outcomes of other students in developing their research proposals.


What feedback will I get?

Participants presenting their work 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.


How to submit and present a proposal?

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 8 October 2008. These submissions will be considered by a panel of property academics. These research summaries will be used to determine the recipients of the PRRES scholarships for 2009.


Summaries should be sent as a Word attachment to Professor Graeme Newell, University of Western Sydney at Students should indicate whether they wish to be considered for the PRRES scholarship.

The first page of the summary should include:

The name of the candidate

The academic institution

Name of supervisor(s)

Title of research


The summary should address the following themes as appropriate according to the stage of study:

The research issue

Why the research is important from the academic and practice perspectives

The theory and frameworks being used

The methodology

The anticipated contribution to knowledge

Progress to–date (including preliminary results and findings)

The next steps in the research process

One or two specific issues which you would like feedback from the panel.


Format of summary:

Microsoft Word document


Times New Roman 12 point font

Single spacing

2.5 cm (1 inch) margins

Harvard style referencing

No footnotes

Figures and tables integrated into the text

Use the file name: students surname­_colloquium


Research summaries submitted will be reviewed by an academic panel in order to ensure that they are of an appropriate standard. Candidates making submissions will be advised by 22 October that their submission has been accepted for presentation. The titles of the accepted submissions will be included in the colloquium programme, but full submissions will not be published. Students will give 15-20 minute presentations on their research, followed by supportive feedback from those attending the colloquium. Students who are presenting their work are required to bring 15 copies of their presentation slides.


PRRES actively encourages PhD students to attend this PhD colloquium to assist their PhD goals. It is done in a very supportive manner. Previous attendees have completed their PhDs and are now publishing their property research in PRPRJ etc, and developing their property careers.  I hope you can participate in this important initiative by PRRES to support our property PhD students. Contact me if further details are needed.


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