Pacific Rim Real Estate Society
28th  Virtual Conference, 2022

Beyond 2022: Facing tomorrow’s challenges today:
The role of the built environment




Due to continuing Covid 19 restrictions the Pacific Rim Real Estate Society will be holding a virtual one day conference. Program details will be announced shortly. The program will include industry presentations, academic sessions and Phd colloquium.

Potential topics include: Housing Markets, Economics and Policy; Green Buildings & Environmental Policies; Impact of pandemics upon the built environment, Corporate Real Estate; Asset, Property & Facility Management; IT and Real Estate; International Real Estate; Marketing & Communication in Property; Market Research, Analysis & Forecasting; PPF, PPP & Infrastructures; Performance and Risk Management; Property Development; Property & Urban Economics; Real Estate Finance & Investment; Property Education; Property Valuation; Real Estate Portfolio Management; Tax and Legal Issues in Property; Special Interest Topics - Big Data, Prop Tech, Reg Tech, The Ageing Population; Other;

Peer Review: PRRES 2022 is offering double blind review of full papers.
These papers will be published on the PRRES Inc. website



 20th September 2021 (exteded date from 31/8/21) Abstract submission deadline extended
3rd September 2021 Notification of abstract acceptance
6th September 2021 Registration Opens Link to Registration site
30th September 2021 Full paper submission
1st November 2021 Notification of acceptance of refereed papers
19th January 2022 Conference day

To join the PRRES Industry Session, IRES Panel Session, parallel sessions, PhD colloquium (9am-5pm AEDT):

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Conference Program

Time (Sydney, Australia)


9:00 am

President's welcome- Associate Professor Chyi Lin Lee

9:10-10:20 am

Industry Panel Session: Transport Orientated Sustainable Property Development in the post COVID-19 era 

10:20-10:35 am


10:35-11:05 am

API: Amelia Hodge

11:05-12:05 pm

IRES Panel Session: Emerging research trend in sustainable real estate 

12:05-12:30 pm


12:30-13:30 pm

Session 1 & PG Colloquium

13:35-14:35 pm

Session 2 & PG Colloquium

14:35-15:00 pm


15:05-16:05 pm

Session 3 & PG Colloquium

16:05-16:45 pm

Session 4 & PG Colloquium

16:45-17:00 pm

Closing comments and presentations



Industry Panel Session; Transport Orientated Sustainable Property Development in the post COVID-19 era 

Chair: Prof Graeme Newell

Panelists; Charles Lin, Tony Crabb, Alison Holloway

Panel Biographies:

Charles Lin - Deputy mayor of Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Charles Lin is major on urban development, policy maker of national, central and regional government.  Prior to joining Kaohsiung government, Lin was the deputy mayor in Taipei (2014-2018) and Tainan (2011-2013). Lin has lead urban plan and property programs in Taiwan when he was the general director of Construction and Planning Agency in Ministry of the Interior in Taiwan during 2007-2008. He was the associate professor in National Chiao Tung University during 2007 to 2020. He was also the vice-president of International Urban Development Association in 2014.

Lin works with academic and government in engineering, urban planning, public transportation, sustainability, and infrastructure bureau. At present, he is the deputy mayor in Kaohsiung. He takes lead to establish new development and huge projects for Kaohsiung and Taiwan.

Tony Crabb - Chairman, Advisory Board and Investment Committee, Blackoak Capital

Tony is an Industry Commentator on the Property and Investment markets. Tony has a start-up using “big data” in residential property. He is an advisor to the Reserve Bank of Australia where he is part of their business liaison unit. Tony is also an advisor to the Federal Department of Treasury. He is Chair of the Advisory Board of the Property and Real Estate Faculty at Deakin University. Tony is Vice Chairman on property fund manager Blackoak Capital’s Advisory Board, which is focussed on providing Blackoak’s executive team with advice on strategic issues and industry and market trends. He is also a member of their Investment Committee.

Alison Holloway - Chief Executive of SGS Economics and Planning

Alison is the Chief Executive of SGS Economics and Planning, a for purpose employee owned public policy advisory business. SGS provides evidence-based insights to help understand how places and communities function, assess what projects work, and plan future places and precincts. SGS has a vision for more sustainable places, communities and economies. Alison has provided advice to local, state and national governments in Australia, New Zealand and North America across public policy and strategic urban and transport planning. Alison is passionate about how places provide opportunities for people to participate in community life and live their best.  Alison has led major urban strategic studies - across housing, transport, infrastructure and open space planning. Projects include understanding the potential for new housing in established urban areas.  Alison is the Chair of the UNSW City Futures Research Centre Advisory Panel which guides the Centre’s priorities and activities.


  IRES Panel - Emerging research trend in sustainable real estate 

Moderator: A/Professor François Viruly

Panelists; Phil Barttram, Professor Robert A. Simons, Professor Sara Wilkinson, and Meagan McCollum, Ph.D.

Panel Biographies:

Phil Barttram
A thought-leader and independent consultant on real estate investment and ESG strategies, Phil Barttram has over 25 years’ experience in the financial sector in both the UK and South Africa. He previously spent close to a decade at MSCI, working with investors across Africa and the Middle East.
In his capacity as Executive Director, he deepened his skills on investment strategy and portfolio optimisation, and on utilising the value of collaborative data to improve strategic investment decisions. Since going out on his own, Phil has taken a specific interest in the impact of ESG risk and opportunity factors on portfolio buy-sell-hold strategies. As an established authority on South African real estate and ESG, Phil is a regularly invited conference speaker, and frequent contributor to trade and mainstream media publications.
He holds an MBA from UCT’s Graduate School of Business and currently serves on the boards of Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA) and the SA Council of Shopping Centres (SACSC), and as a member of the SA Reits Association Research Committee. Phil is the Founder and Director of Philbar Consulting and a Director of Pooled Data Services (Pty) Ltd.

Professor Robert A. Simons
Robert A. Simons is a Professor at the Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University in Cleveland, Ohio. Since 2020, he is serving as the Chair of the Department of Urban Studies. He is also the faculty advisor for the Certificate Program in Real Estate Development and Finance, offered in conjunction with the Nance College of Business at CSU. His is the former director of the Master of Urban Planning, Design and Development program. During Fall 2005, Dr. Simons was a Fulbright Scholar at Wits University in Johannesburg, South Africa. He has also been a Lady Davis Scholar at the Technion (1999 and 2010-11). Dr. Simons received his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in City and Regional Planning, with an emphasis in real estate. He also holds a Master of Regional Planning and a Master of Science in Economics, both from U.N.C. His undergraduate degree in anthropology was earned at Colorado State University. He was a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) from 1983-2009. Dr. Simons is in the inner leadership group of the American Real Estate Society (ARES), and was program chair in 2009-2010, through President in 2011-2012. At the Levin College of Urban Affairs, Dr. Simons teaches courses in real estate development, market analysis and finance, public economics, Ph.D. research methods, environmental finance megacities of Asia, and leads travel abroad classes to Israel and South Africa. Dr. Simons has published over 80 articles and book chapters on real estate, urban redevelopment, environmental damages, sustainable real estate, housing policy and brownfields redevelopment. He authored a book entitled Turning Brownfields into Greenbacks, (published by Urban Land Institute), and When Bad Things Happen to Good Property, (published by Environmental Law Institute in 2006), and was the lead editor for an international research monograph on Indigenous Property and Valuation (2008, ARES). His 4th book Retired Rehabbed Reborn on adaptive of religious buildings and schools came out in 2017 from the Kent State University Press. His fifth book on the Effect of Driverless Cars on Parking and Land Use came out in 2020 with Routledge Press. He serves as Senior Editor for the Journal of Sustainable Real Estate. Dr. Simons has an active consulting practice and has served as an expert witness in over 90 matters related to real estate, housing markets, and environmental contamination, including over 30 depositions and several trial appearances.

Professor Sara Wilkinson
Sara is a chartered building surveyor and Australia’s first female Professor of Property. Prior to joining academia, Sara worked in the public and private sector. Sara has developed and lead building surveying and property programs in the UK and Australia. Her transdisciplinary research program sits at the intersection of sustainability, urban development and transformation, with a focus on green cities and preparing our urban environments for the challenges of climate change. She is interested in using new technologies to deliver sustainable building outcomes. Sara works with academic and industry partners in engineering, science, health and business to deliver housing, building adaptation, sustainability, resilience, and green infrastructure projects. Current projects include Decarbonising the built environment with hempcrete and green walls, The Wallbot, VR & Willingness to Pay for Green Infrastructure in residential development and Fraser Fairwater Development: Commerciality Evaluation.

A/Professor François Viruly ( Panel Moderator )
François Viruly is a property economist with over twenty-five years’ experience in the analysis of the South African property market. Associate Professor Viruly lectures in Urban Economics, Property Development and Portfolio Management at the University of Cape Town in the School of Construction Economics and Management.
François held the position of Chief Economist at the Chamber of Mines. He was Head of Research at JHI Professional Services (valuations, research and legal services) and Acting Head of School of the School of Construction Economics and Management at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. He is the Director of Viruly Consulting Pty Ltd and a fellow of RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors). He is immediate past President and Executive Director of the African Real Estate Society. He heads the UCT- Urban Real Estate Research Unit. He is also a member of the Institute of Directors Southern Africa. He was a Non-executive Director and Chair Remuneration Committee of the Accelerate Property fund.
Prof Viruly has undertaken extensive research into the South African property cycle, the drivers of the South African property market and the relationship between urban economics and property markets in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Meagan McCollum, Ph.D.
Meagan McCollum is a Chapman Assistant Professor of Finance in the Collins College of Business at the University of Tulsa. Her research interests include real estate finance, sustainability, and financial intermediation. She has published work journals including Journal of Human Resources, Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of Regional Science and Urban Economics, Cities, and Resource and Energy Economics.
During her tenure at the University of Tulsa, Dr. McCollum has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in financial markets and real estate finance. Prior to joining the University of Tulsa she was an Assistant Professor of Real Estate at Baruch College, City University of New York.
Dr. McCollum holds a Ph.D. in Finance with a minor in Economics from Louisiana State University. She earned a M.S. in finance with a concentration in real estate from the University of Alabama, a M.B.A and a B.A. in music from Samford University. She is an active member of professional organizations including the American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association (AREUEA) and American Real Estate Society (ARES).







Conference Co-Chair:

Chyi Lin Lee; Neville Hurst

Conference Proceedings Editor
Dulani Halvitgala

Conference Speakers Committee
Braam Lowies; Sara Wilkinson