A core strategy of the Reading Real Estate Foundation charity is to support and nurture the advancement of research in the sphere of Real Estate, which we undertake through funding two key initiatives, our PhD Scholarships and RREF Seed Funding. 

PhD Scholarships

Every year, we support several postgraduate research students who are on the Real Estate and Planning PhD programme at Henley Business School with a funded scholarship. These studentships allow postgraduate students to start their research career at Henley, supporting the department to continue to be at the forefront of research in real estate, by ensuring we can attract the best minds and provide them with the time and space they need to succeed, invaluable support for early career researchers:

“The generous financial support from RREF has allowed me to dedicate myself full-time to research over the past three years. My research has been well received at several academic conferences this year, furthering the reputation of the Department and strengthening ties with academic and commercial colleagues and demonstrating the value that RREF has helped to create." Matthew Pollock, PhD Student

"I am grateful for the studentship sponsored by the RREF. It has helped me quite enormously during a difficult time. I would especially like to mention the extensive help that I have received during the Pandemic." Marjia Hossain, PhD Student

RREF Seed Funding

The RREF Seed Fund has been in place for over five years and has helped to start the seeds for numerous new areas of enquiry. EFor Dr Mike Langen and Professor Gianluca Marcato of  Real Estate and Planning, Henley Business School, RREF has supported funding for their project examining ‘Urban research trends and gaps’.

This projects aims firstly to create a cross-journal database, including empirical studies of the 20 major peer-reviewed journals in the field over the last 20 years to overcome the dominance in highly ranked journals on the focus on the US markets in real estate and urban economic studies, despite continuing trends showing that global populations live in urban regions in low to middle-income countries. The database will not only collect meta information of studies, such as author names, affiliations, etc., but also analysis details, such as geographic areas, sample periods and number of variables. By examining the data across a number of journals will allow them to get an extensive overview of their field of research and conduct further projects based on the data . This is an important study as in contrast to other scientific areas, such as medicine, no such database currently exists for urban economics and real estate.

Our funding has enabled the researchers to fund the time of a research assistant to help begin the data gathering process, speeding up the project timelines and overcoming the initial burden due to time constraints without funding for support this project may not even have begun.

As Mike says about the funding, “It offers a lot of flexibility to researchers and allows them to proceed with new project ideas. Other, larger grants often require some initial research to be done, which limits the projects to proceed on existing research. As in the name, the Seed Fund works as a Seed for a new project, allowing to proceed new ideas.” 

RREF is committed to supporting new research to enable the discovery of new solutions and insights, if you are interested in supporting research or discovering more about what projects are being supported or are looking for support please contact us at RREF-development@henley.ac.uk or on +44(0)118 378 4069


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