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Current Research

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

Current and recent research projects can be found in the Working Papers section.

PhD students currently associated with the Centre and their projects are:

Yana Akhytrs’Ka:  How can energy data analytics platforms affect small firms?  A study of a reduction in energy use in the service sector and its spillover effects

Thuqan AlHindawi:  Can BD/ML techniques enhance RE markets’ transparency by providing a more efficient/robust way to examine the risk/return profile of real estate as an asset class?

Mark Burke:  Emerging market GAP Housing: A comparative investigation of financing models for sustainable development in resource constrained environments

Marco Felici: Empirical questions in Housing Markets and Policy

Yiwen Qiu:  Firm Locations, Industrial Structures, Regional Development Paths from a Dynamic Perspective: A case study in China

Xinwei Wan: Property Market Sentiment, Government Land Sales and NAV Discount in REITS Valuation

Liangqi Wu: Urbanisation and Fiscal Risks in China

Max Exler:  Asymmetric dependence and REIT performance

Saad Siddiqui (part-time):  International asset pricing, housing and consumption

Anando Maitra (part-time):  Corporate Bonds and Equities:  the cross-section of flows


Thies Lindenthal and Carolin Schmidt are planning their next series of virtual seminars on: 18th June, 2nd July, 16th July and 30th July (4.00-5.00 pm London time): Further information can be found on:

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Applications for 2021-23 will open in September 2020. If you would like details about the 2021-23 course please email

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Interview with MSt graduate Elizabeth Smart

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

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Mst Graduates 2017 19

Well done to our 2017-19 cohort of the MSt in Real Estate who graduated at the Senate House on Saturday 30th November 2019