The University of Cambridge (Department of Land Economy), the University of Florida (Bergstrom Real Estate Center), the University of Geneva (Geneva Finance Research Institute), and the National University of Singapore (Institute of Real Estate and Urban Studies and Department of Real Estate) announce a call for papers for their joint 2020 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 focused 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 Geneva Finance Research Institute and will take place at the Geneva School of Economics and Management of the University of Geneva . Hotel accommodation (two nights for researchers from Europe, three nights for those from overseas) and group meals will be provided by the organiz ing 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
  • Lever age, 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
  • Behavio ral approaches to real estate
  • Derivatives