PRRES Newsletter

April 2008


Pacific Rim Real Estate Society Conference

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The 14th Pacific Rim Real Estate Society Conference was held at Istana Hotel from 20th to 23rd January 2008 with the theme: Investing in Sustainable Real Estate Environment. The very successful three and half day conference was jointly organised by the Institution of Surveyors Malaysia and eight leading universities in Malaysia which included Universiti Malaya, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Universiti Tun Hussein Onn, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, International Islamic University of Malaysia and Universiti Putra Malaysia.  cont'd

Full proceedings from the 14th PRRES conference are now online. Click to view proceedings.

Video recordings of the presentations at the 14th PRRES conference, including the opening ceremony and plenary sessions are available, courtesy of the Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia, at 

Rim Property Research Journal - Editor’s Report

The Pacific Rim Property Research Journal (PRPRJ) is the official refereed research journal for PRRES. The Australian Business Deans Council has recently given it a B ranking which makes the journal most competitive in terms of attracting quality research articles. The following are the key points for 2007 regarding the PRPRJ as outlined by Journal Editor Professor Graeme Newell. cont’d

Vale to Bob Fraser

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of our valued friend and colleague Bob Fraser.

Bob passed away on Thursday 20th March 2008 after a long illness. Bob was well known through the PRRES community being one of the early founders of our organization. He was an unforgettable character and we mourn his passing. 

Greg Costello & Sandy Bond
Curtin Business School
Perth, Western Australia

Congratulations on PhD completions!

We congratulate the following 2007 conferrals.

Geoff Page DEduc (Flinders University) Geoff’s thesis examined the professional socialization of valuers from the perspective of the valuation profession and from the perspective of graduates and educators. Geoff comments that his studies reinforced the need to provide graduates with a big picture understanding right from the beginning of their studies and for this to continue.

Roselina Shakir PhD (Curtin University of Technology) Roselina’s thesis was entitled Malaysian Property Firms-Performance and Behaviour.  She comments “My findings corroborate the belief that the typical Asian corporate governance system is evident in Malaysian firms and confirms the significant effect of family firms and large block owners on firm performance. “

Sharon Yam PhD (University Tun Hussein Onn, Malaysia) Sharon’s research topic was corporate social responsibility as a marketing tool in housing development.  She comments on her work, “For me, perseverance is the one thing that I learn most from it! Of course, I have learnt to appreciate CSR more nowadays! “

Graeme Newell PhD (University of Western Sydney) Graeme’s thesis was entitled The Strategic Role of Commercial Property in Institutional Portfolios.  He comments “It enabled me to reflect on how my property research has come together over many years into a substantive and coherent research contribution across a range of research methods.”

Patrick Rowland PhD (Curtin University of Technology) Patrick’s thesis was entitled The Allocation of Responsibilities for Leased Properties.  He says “It may have taken more than a decade but I was only working on it when there was nothing more interesting to do!”

Valerie Kupke PhD (University of Adelaide) Valerie’s paper covered the impact of job security on home ownership.  “The tea and sandwiches after the ceremony went down a treat!”

News of PRRES Members

Universiti Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Professor Dominique Fischer (as of July 2007) and Professor Graeme Newell (as of January 2008) have been appointed recently as Visiting Professors within the Department of Estate Management, Faculty of the Built Environment.

Lincoln University, Canterbury, New Zealand - John McDonagh has been awarded the Best Corporate Real Estate Paper Prize at the PRRES Conference in Kuala Lumpur. The prize is sponsored by Emerald and John’s paper will now be published in the Journal of Corporate Real Estate.

UTS, Sydney - Garrick Small is taking a break from UTS in 2008 to work for Estate Master and its sister company HillPDA; a change of pace which he is enjoying.

UniSA, Adelaide - In 2007 Rob Kooymans retired from UniSA after 19 years of service to the university.  He is enjoying his retirement immensely.  Dr Tony Lockwood has been recently appointed to the lecturing staff within the property discipline. 

UWS, Sydney – Dr Chyi Lin Lee has been appointed recently as lecturer in property at UWS; he has just completed a PhD on LPTs from the University of Melbourne. The property group at UWS, in conjunction with the API, received a UWS Community Engagement Excellence Award for 2007.

PhD Colloquium, PRRES Conference 2008, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The PRRES PhD Colloquium was held at the Faculty of Built Environment, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur on 20th January 2008 (Sunday) from 2 pm to 4 pm.

The PhD Colloquium successfully attracted 6 PhD students. All of them were from Malaysian universities with 4 from Universiti Teknologi MARA, 1 from Universiti Tun Hussein Onn and 1 from University of Nottingham Malaysia.

Professor Graeme Newell, University of Western Sydney started off the Colloquium by giving a talk on ‘How to Successfully Complete Your PhD’.   cont’d

Property Course ushers in new era of Property Education in Victoria!

Deakin University in Burwood (Melbourne) is now the third property degree course in Melbourne with the first enthusiastic student intake in March, 2008.  The course commenced with over 70 new property students (quota was 40) although it achieved an entry score similar to the two established property courses.  This ushers in a new era of property education in Victoria since the Deakin University course is the first property degree course using the traditional three year format (rather than four or five years).   cont’d

PRRES Newsletter

Editor: Valerie Kupke, UniSA

Webmaster: Peter Rossini, UniSA

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