Heriot-Watt University

European Real Estate Society 19th Annual Conference 13th-16th June 2012

PhD Schedule

Heriot-Watt University, William Arrol Building.

Welcome to the PhD Session page where you can find all the information about the format of the afternoon.  The PhD session is being held in the William Arrol Building at Heriot-Watt University and detailed travel information about how to get to the campus can be found below in more detail. 

The PhD session will begin with registration from 12pm on Wednesday.  This will be available in the communal area on the first floor of the building and the sessions in the afternoon will be held in adjacent rooms.  Lunch will be available here from 12pm onwards and the PhD posters will be displayed in the communal area for your perusal.  The posters will be on display throughout the afternoon until the sessions conclude.  The first session will begin at 13.30 sharp and each will last 1.5 hours in total.  We would encourage all participants to register early, meet fellow participants and enjoy lunch!
The running order of the day can be seen in the following table:

Wednesday 13th June:

PhD Session

William Arrol Building, Heriot Watt University, Riccarton
Campus, Edinburgh

12:00pm – 1:30pm

Registration with Lunch

1:30pm – 3:00pm

PhD Session 1

3.00pm – 3:30pm

Coffee break

3:30pm – 5:00pm

PhD Session 2

5:00pm – 6:00pm

ERES PhD Student Committee Meeting

Welcome Reception and Registration

7:00pm for 7:30pm

Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh - finger buffet and drinks

You can download the programme for the PhD sessions here
Abstracts for the posters and papers are also available here
Download papers and posters from the table below

List of Papers



Paper Number


Peter James Glynn and Roslyn Taplin

The related labour market implications for the construction environment


PhD Paper

Charles-Olivier Amedee-Manesme and Fabrice Barthelemy

Cornish-Fisher expansion for real estate value at risk


PhD Paper

Rainer Reddehase

Systematisation of housing privatisation in Germany, of portfolios with more than 50,000 units - Development of a privatisation-analysis-model (PAM)


PhD Paper

Anthony Owusu-Ansah

Modelling the supply of new residential construction for local housing markets and estimation of housing supply price elasticities: The case of Aberdeen, UK.


PhD Paper

Michael Dinkel

Human behaviour - an underappreciated factor in real estate transaction analyses


PhD Paper

Manish Gupta

What factors affect hedging incentives of housing demand?


PhD Paper

Malgorzata G. Sliczna

Are "green factors" able to drive the real estate value up?


PhD Paper

Jianfu Shen and Frederik Pretorius

Empirical testing of the flexibility value in land auction prices


PhD Paper

Doris Grill

Management control systems (controlling) in the international real estate management groups



Alberto Calzada, Jun Liu, Hui Wang, and Anil Kashyap

An empirical comparative study for urban regeneration: measuring the effectiveness of DSS and GIS approaches


PhD Paper

Kateryna Kurylchyk

Real estate investment risks in CEE



Stanimira Milcheva

Monetary policy, financial intermediation, current account and housing market - how do they fit together?


PhD Paper

Antti Arpiainen

Alternative ways to manage projects - Benchmarking study for housing business management



Juha Kananen

Customer orientated areal development



Victoria E Ormond

A review of loan terms and covenant use in the European Real Estate Sector



Marisa Gigante

The incidence of real estate portfolio composition choices on funds’ performance: Evidence from the Italian market


PhD Paper

Radheshyam Gopinath

Understanding the determinants of firm growth in young REITs


PhD Paper

Mark Bondar and Sarah Sayce

Four years and counting



Mia Andelin

From sustainable buildings to sustainable business



Sophia Kongela

Framework and the value drivers for real estate development: Applicability of theoretical models with special reference to Tanzania



Ramiro J. Rodríguez

Rent dynamics in the Madrid office market: An approach from cointegration and long run equilibrium


PhD Paper

Christian Berthold

Security of energy supplies and cost cutting due to the own small power plant. Changing portfolio property to decentralised energy supply


PhD Paper

Yarim Shamsan

UK and European real estate valuation and sale price differences 2010: IPD evidence (in partnership with RICS)



Oliver Wolfgang Lerbs

House prices, housing development costs, and the supply of new single-family housing in German counties and cities


PhD Paper

Dimitra Kavarnou

Housing market dynamics in the Greek islands



Philippe Bélanger

Assessment of fixed rate mortgage implied insurance cost: Method and ex-post Swiss market analysis


PhD Paper

Michael Waters

Valuation accuracy: A critical commentary on the availability of real estate market information in Dubai (United Arab Emirates)



Solomon Akinbogun

Appreciation of the property market maturity framework to a developing country: The case of Nigeria


PhD Paper

Hui Fang Cong

Urban villages’ Redevelopments in Weihai China: Physical and Social Changes


PhD Paper

Michael Dinkel

Walk Score and Energy Score – A new approach for real estate transaction analysis




The master classes will be held throughout the main conference, with a different one happening each day:

  • Thursday 14th, 13.30-15.00, Room M3:  Investment & Finance

Ed Trevillion, Scottish Widows Investment Partnership.

  • Friday 15th, 13.30-15.00, Room M2:  Econometrics

Marc Francke, University of Amsterdam.

  • Saturday 16th, 11.00-12.30, Room G3

Stephanie Hull, Emerald Publishing & Stanley McGreal, University of Ulster & Editor of ERES Journal, the Journal of European Real Estate Research.

The Heriot-Watt campus is located 6 miles from the city centre, on the outskirts of Edinburgh.  The campus is easily accessed by buses directly from Princes Street in the city centre.  To get to the campus (which is the last stop on the bus route) you can take the either of the Lothian buses numbered 25 or 34, which are travelling to Riccarton.  The bus journey typically takes around 35-45 minutes from Princes Street.  Timetables and route maps can be accessed from the Lothian bus website.  Click on the link below to access the number 25 timetable.


A single journey on a Lothian bus (i.e. from Edinburgh city centre to Heriot-Watt University) cost £1.40 and a day ticket (which allows unlimited journeys throughout the course of a day) cost £3.50 each.  If you are planning to make more than two bus journeys per day, it is better to have a day ticket! 
Taxis from the centre of Edinburgh to the university cost in the region of £15-£20 one way. 
On arrival at campus, you need to make your way to the crush area in the William Arrol Building, at gait 4.  This is building number 10 on the map below.  You will arrive at the main entrance, which is marked on the map as A.  The William Arrol Building is only a short walk away.


Further information about the university and the School of the Built Environment which includes the Real Estate discipline can be found through the following link:


Details about the different venues for the events throughout the conference can be found below:

Wednesday 13th:  Dynamic Earth. 
Dynamic Earth takes you on a journey through our planet’s past, present and future, with interactive exhibits and impressive technology, including a 4D and 3D experience. Beginning with the Big Bang, we can witness the creation of the Earth, follow the planet through its evolution and even catch glimpses of its future.  A selection of exhibits will be open on the evening of the drinks reception and welcome buffet for everyone to enjoy.   

Thursday 14th:  Conference Dinner, National Museum of Scotland.
The conference dinner will be held at the National Museum of Scotland on Chambers Street.  The museum has recently undergone a multi-million pound renovation and the new museum takes you on a journey through Scottish history, the natural world, world cultures, science, technology & art and design.  The new museum brings the world to Scotland and Scotland to the world...Enjoy the exhibitions!

Friday 15th:  Edinburgh Castle.
We welcome you to one of the most distinctive landmarks in Scotland for the evening.