PRRES Newsletter

October 2008


Were you at Sydney, 2000 (6th PRRES Conference)?
2009 will be even better!

Angelo was steering the ship

Delegates were just enjoying themselves (and learning at the same time).  Be at the 2009 conference.

15th Pacific Rim Real Estate Society Conference 2009

The 15th PRRES Conference will be held in Sydney over 18-21 January 2009. Over 120 papers have been submitted in a wide range of areas of property research.

Highlights of the 2009 PRRES conference will include:

·        Keynote addresses from Professor Bob Hargreaves (Massey University) and Barry Brakey (Future Fund)

·        Industry Day, with presentations by leading property practitioners in areas of property investment outlook, REITs and sustainability

·        Active sponsorship by API, PINZ, RICS, Colonial First State, Estate Master, IPD and Mercer

·         Harbour cruise conference dinner

·         Presentation of 2009 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

Free PRESS membership

In support of post-graduate research, PRRES is now offering FREE membership to all full-time post-graduate research students (i.e. PhD or Masters by research).  For other post-graduate students, PRRES is still making a great offer of membership at $AUS55, with 2 years membership for 1 year’s membership fee.   More     

Application for Student Membership

Photo of Graeme Newell receiving ERES Achievement Award 2008


 Exciting news of PRRES 2009 Property Case Competition

The inaugural Pacific Rim Real Estate Society (PRRES) Case Competition will be held in January 2009 in Sydney, Australia hosted by the 15th PRRES Conference with the assistance of the University of Auckland. The property case competition will be the first to be held in the pacific region. It aims to bring students and conference delegates from the wider Pacific region to have a greater understanding of the property industry.  So far 7 teams have registered and participating universities include:

1. Bond University

2. Deakin University

3. Hong Kong University (HKU)

4. Queensland University of Technology

5. The University of Auckland

6. University of South Australia

7. University of Southern California


PRRES KL 2008 Revisited

David Parker remembers Kuala Lumpur as one of the busiest PRRES conferences he ever attended, with lots of things happening at Board level, an historic AGM and a wide range of sessions and papers to choose from. 

“I flew in from Singapore on Saturday evening, ably assisted by Big Jim from the University of Auckland, which was fortunate as I had got food poisoning from afternoon tea at Raffles the day before and so appreciated Jim’s KL taxi driver negotiation skills.

 On Sunday, with the clock in my hotel room half an hour slower than my watch, I assumed that was local time and so managed to be half an hour late for the bus for the conference’s first event, the Postgraduate Colloquium.

Monday was the opening ceremony and a chance to renew my acquaintance with the Malaysian Valuer General whilst we waited in line for the Minister to arrive. After a memorable opening ceremony, I was particularly impressed when the Minister gave a press conference in three languages.

 Tuesday was the PRRES AGM and an historic moment for PRRES as members adopted the new rules which provide a structure for PRRES to grow and develop in the future.”


PhD Colloquium, PRRES Conference 2009, Sydney

The 2009 PRRES PhD colloquium will be held on Sunday January 18 as part of the 15th PRRES annual conference in Sydney over January 18-21. This PhD colloquium has been highly successful over several years to support PhD students. PRRES will be providing two scholarships (at $1500 each) to support quality property PhD students to attend.  

The aim of the colloquium is to provide the opportunity for PhD students in property to present their PhD work-in-progress in a supportive and non-confrontational environment to senior property academics and their PhD peers. The overall objective is to promote excellence in PhD research throughout the region.


Routledge announced recently the introduction of a new journal likely to be of interest to PRRES members– Spatial Economic Analysis.  Details can be found at

News of PRRES members

UWS, Sydney In May Professor Graeme Newell received the American Real Estate Society Distinguished Service Award for 2008, becoming the first non-US academic to receive it.  This was followed up in June when he received the European Real Estate Society (ERES) Achievement Award at the ERES conference held at Krakow, Poland from June 18-June 21.  The significance of Graeme getting this award can be judged on two points.  Firstly, the award is not given every year. Secondly, it typically goes to someone who on the ERES board, which Graeme is not. However, he has played a key role in bringing ERES into international prominence over the last 10 years that he has been working it.  The award was presented in front of 300 plus attendees at the ERES conference dinner in a salt mine 100 metres below ground.

Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia - Dr. Ting Kien Hwa, a Board Member of PRRES, has been promoted to the position of Associate Professor in April this year. Dr. Ting is currently attached to the Department of Estate Management, Faculty of Architecture, Planning & Surveying, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia. Assoc. Prof. Dr Ting has been playing an active role in organizing the 14th Pacific Rim Real Estate Society Conference held in Kuala Lumpur early this year. His roles in the Conference include: Treasurer of the Organising Committee, Organising Chair of PhD Colloquium, Session Chair of REIT Forum on Issues and the Development of Malaysian REITs. Prior to his promotion, Assoc. Prof. Dr Ting has a short industry attachment last year with a leading property consultancy firm in Kuala Lumpur as Head of Research. Among the research assignments include the positioning of a multi-billion ringgit commercial development as a global property development project after taking into consideration global city hierarchy, regional competitive advantage, property market maturity and transparency.

UniSA , Adelaide  - Dr Geoff Page and partner Karen added some family history stuff to their recent trip to the 2009 ERES conference. Geoff family on his mother’s side has the surname of Meissner which comes from the town of Meissen In Germany. History has it the three Meissner Brothers immigrated to Australia from Silesia to escape military service and were part of the early German migrants into South Australia. Geoff took in the sights of Meissen, Dresden and Wroclaw before making it to the ERES Conference.  After the conference he took the train to Italy and joined up with Karen’s family to tour parts of Italy, Swiss alps, Germany and then back to Wales. Geoff did something different at the ERES conference and that was to wear shoes! The five weeks of travelling after the conference saw him in constant barefoot mode which gave many of the locals something to talk about. Geoff and Karen also indulged in lots of the local foods, beers and wines and enjoyed interacting with some local producers

International Property Research Conference: Update

Pacific-Rim Real Estate Society, PRRES
Sydney Australia: January 18-21, 2009 Click here for details

American Real Estate Society, ARES
Monterey, California: April 1 - 4, 2009 Click here for details

European Real Estate Society, ERES
Stockholm , Sweden: June 2009 Click here for details

Asian Real Estate Society, AsRES Los Angeles, USA: July 2009


PRRES Newsletter

Editor: Valerie Kupke, UniSA
Webmaster: Peter Rossini, UniSA

Next edition April 2009

A big thank you to our contributors!