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Aims and Focus

The Cambridge Real Estate Research Centre was established in 2013 to respond to the broadening of the national and international research agenda in real estate and to bridge the gap between academic theory and commercial practice in the sector. As part of the Department of Land Economy, the Centre leverages the unique resources of the University of Cambridge to deliver world-class research on real estate, commercial real estate and other investment property and real assets.

The Cambridge Real Estate Research Centre (CRERC) co-ordinates and acts as a focus for applied research in real estate within the Department of Land Economy and across the University of Cambridge.  It aims to ensure that real estate research in the University is “world class” and to raise the profile and impact of real estate research by members of the University in the wider academic, policy and business communities.  The Centre works with  other academic organisations, professional bodies and industry to ensure research is of the highest quality, is relevant and has maximum impact.

The primary aim of the Centre is to build and maintain a stream of applied real estate research that is innovative, interdisciplinary and industry-relevant

Research on real estate within the Centre and the department is broad ranging and international in scope. The Centre's current main areas of research activity relate to:

  • Analysis of real estate investment vehicles
  • The interaction of real asset and credit/capital markets
  • The role and performance of real assets in investment portfolios
  • Loan and mortgage finance
  • Sustainability and environmental performance
  • Urban development and interaction with real estate
  • Digital and machine learning technology and its use in real estate
  • Behavioural influences in finance

The Centre’s research projects, whether independent, conducted collaboratively with industry, chosen by our advisory board of industry experts or bespoke — are rigorous, objective and focused on the key issues for industry and our partner organisations.

A copy of our new CRERC brochure can be viewed here


CRERC is a non-profit making organisation with any surpluses used to support further research and education in the Centre, the Department of Land Economy and wider University of Cambridge.

This year's event will run virtually (by Zoom) between 24th September and 1st October. For a full programme and registration details please visit the Symposium website.


Applications for the new 2021 intake are now open on the ICE website and the new prospectus is available too. If you have any further questions about the course please email

Download the Prospectus HERE

Interview with MSt graduate Elizabeth Smart

For a snapshot of life in CRERC under lockdown see our latest newsletter

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