Real Estate and Planning is the largest of six Research Divisions within Henley Business School and part of the Prosperity & Resilience research theme.
Established in 1968, it is one of the few departments for Real Estate and Planning housed within a business school and brings together the disciplines of Real Estate and Planning within the context of both economics, finance and business, and governance, policy and ethics.
It is predicted that three-quarters of the world population will be urban by 2050 making more sustainable real estate development, land and resource use, investment and spatial planning critically important to study. Our interdisciplinary research portfolio aims to address these challenges, and brings together expert global knowledge in collaboration with our wide user networks, our partners and with other Reading research centres.
Our policy and practice research agenda includes housing economics, land value capture, planning governance and policy (including community-led planning), smart sustainable cities, and the connectivity of city regions in global business services.
We have a long-established applied research agenda in commercial property appraisal and management and more recently have developed a sustained industry-backed portfolio of research investigating direct and indirect real estate investment, performance measurement, and finance, including the impact of commercial property markets on financial stability.
Through our close relationships with industry, policy and professional practice, our research enables us to have a significant impact on government policy and industry practices in the UK and internationally. Major industry bodies, including the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, Investment Property Forum, European Public Real Estate Association and Royal Town Planning Institute, also call on our expertise to shape their research agendas in areas including property valuation, performance measurement, depreciation, development viability and neighbourhood planning.
Town centre regeneration for the twenty-first century: Bracknell’s award-winning Lexicon development is the focus of research by Victor Nicholls and Emma Street into how to successfully regenerate a town centre. The report draws on first-hand accounts of the regeneration from key players involved and project records and notes to give the background to the development. Post-war 'new towns' such as Bracknell face particular pressures in meeting the needs of today’s businesses, visitors and residents and many are in urgent need of regeneration. The report highlights the challenges that were involved in regenerating Bracknell town centre, as well as some of the lessons that can be learned.
Health in urban areas: Professor Kathy Pain is one of the partners for a five-year project on Tackling Root Causes Upstream of Unhealthy Urban Development, starting in 2019. It is investigating how to tackle future chronic health problems (such as lung and heart disease, obesity and diabetes) and mental health problems associated with poor quality urban environments, by incorporating risk factors into urban planning and development. The aim is to transform planning and development systems so that long-term health is integrated at the core of decision-making. The £6.5million programme is funded by the Medical Research Council and will involve six universities - Bath, Bristol, Cardiff, Manchester, Reading and the University of the West of England.
A strategy for the rural economy: Professor Gavin Parker has contributed expert opinion to a House of Lords Select Committee report on public policy, housing and planning and digital connectivity in rural areas, as well as access to essential services, skills and business support. The report makes a series of recommendations for both central government and other organisations such as Homes England, local authorities and the NHS. Professor Parker gave evidence on housing, planning and rural working spaces based on his research into neighbourhood planning and his experience of planning in rural areas.
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Henley Business School has a vibrant community of about 260 PhD and DBA researchers who are an integral part of the research activities of the School. BISA provides PhD opportunities students from all over the world wanting to conduct full-time postgraduate research in our areas of interest, and we have about 30 PhD students with us at any one time. In addition, we provide a highly sought after DBA programme for those in employment at senior positions. More information.
REP organises a lively series of research seminars during term-time. Download the programme
Our latest research papers and publications can be downloaded from the University’s institutional repository.