ARES 2023 Panel

Research Relevance in Real Estate. The relevance of collaboration with industry practitioners

IRES Panel at ARES Conference

March 30, 2023

While real estate practitioners have always looked to their academic colleagues for well researched papers on current RE industry issues, many complain thatresults tend to be obscured by an overload of formulaic statistical analyses. In their defense, academics claim their hands are tied by the peer-review criteriaof their publications and institutions. Who is right? Do academic institutions and journals need to re-think their review criteria; and should academics look beyond their own career advancementgoals? Should real estate firms give academics more free access to their data?. Is awareness and communication the key to building stronger links betweenacademics and practitioners.

ARES 2003 President:

Steve Williams, FRICS,

Director – Capright

Mr. Williams has enjoyed a 50-year career in commercial real estate beginning as an appraiser before opening an advisory business. Steve has recently retired from his full-time role as RCA’s Executive Managing Director where he acted as global ambassador to contribute to the company’s international expansion.  Over the years Steve has held prominent leadership roles in the real estate industry including Past President of RICS. He sits on the Board of IRES. Educationally, Steve has been a visiting lecturer at Duke University and a board member of the University of Wisconsin’s Global Real Estate Masters (GREM) program.



Kunle Awolaja

Chief Lands Officer and Director of Lagos State Valuation Office


Dr. Shawn Moura

Research Director, NAIOP, Herndon Va

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Prof. Paloma Taltavull de La Paz

University of Alicante

Chair of REM – Real Estate Advisory Group, UNECE, United nations