Real Estate Finance and Investment Symposium, Sep 25-27, 2019

University of Cambridge
University of Florida
National University of Singapore

Real Estate Finance and Investment Symposium
September 25-27, 2019
Call for Papers

The University of Cambridge, the University of Florida, and the National University of Singapore (NUS) announce a call for papers for their joint 2019 Real Estate Finance and Investment Symposium. The symposium will feature longer, more in-depth paper presentations and will allow ample time for discussion among presenters, assigned discussants, and other participants. The event will be held in a relaxed yet focussed setting aiming to inspire a critical mass of leading academics in the field to create new thoughts and insights on general finance, real estate finance and investments topics.

The symposium will be hosted by the Cambridge Real Estate Research Centre and will take place at St John’s College, Cambridge. Accommodation (College guest rooms, en suite) and group meals will be provided by the organising institutions. All travel costs will be borne by the participants.
The organizers do not wish to necessarily limit the focus of the conference, and papers on any real estate-related finance or economics topic are welcome. However, subject to sufficient interest, we may try to focus the symposium on one or more of the following themes:

  • Real estate risk management
  • Leverage, capital structure and real estate
  • Infrastructure investment and privatization
  • Real estate price index methodology and performance measurement
  • Economics of sustainability in real estate
  • International real estate investment
  • “Big Data,” ML and AI in real estate finance research
  • Behavioural approaches to real estate
  • Derivatives

Paper Submission

The deadline for submission of papers is June 1, 2019. From the submissions, the organizers will select approximately eight papers for presentation at the symposium, with notification to authors by July 1st, 2019. All accepted authors may choose to submit their papers for publication in a special issue of the Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics with an expedited review subsequent to the symposium. Submission of full papers is highly encouraged.

Authors should submit their papers electronically to:
Thies Lindenthal (, Cambridge Real Estate Research Centre

The Program

The participants are expected to arrive on Wednesday, September 25. All presentations will be on Thursday and Friday (September 26-27). There will be no parallel sessions, and all participants are expected to attend all sessions, and play an active role in them. Each paper presentation session will last at least 45-50 minutes, including sufficient time for paper presentation, formal discussion, and general Q&A with the audience.


  • Wednesday, September 25
    • Pre-conference reception and dinner
  • Thursday, September 26
    • 9:00 AM, 3 paper sessions
    • 12:00 PM, Lunch
    • 2:00 PM, 3 paper sessions
    • 6:00 PM, Conference Dinner
  • Friday, September 27
    • 9:00 AM, 3 paper sessions
    • 12:00 PM, Lunch
    • 2:00 PM, conference closing


  • University of Florida: Wayne Archer, David Ling, Andy Naranjo
  • National University of Singapore: Joseph Ooi and Tien Foo Sing
  • University of Cambridge: Colin Lizieri and Thies Lindenthal

Advisory Board

  • Brent Ambrose, PennState
  • Piet Eichholtz, Maastricht University
  • Roland Fuess, University of St. Gallen
  • David Geltner, MIT
  • Martin Hoesli, University of Geneva
  • Rose Lai, University of Macau
  • Crocker Liu, Cornell University
  • Gianluca Marcato, University of Reading
  • Tim Riddiough, University of Wisconsin Madison
  • C.F. Sirmans, Florida State University
  • Sheridan Titman, University of Texas at Austin
  • Yildiray Yildirim, Baruch College, NY

Author: thies

Lecturer (Assistant Professor) for Real Estate Finance, Cambridge