We have launched the Oxford Future of Real Estate Initiative to research and predict the changes faced by the industry over the next decade.

Real estate constitutes over 50% of the world's assets. Housing is a vital human need, and the commercial property sector delivers and manages the infrastructure needed for entrepreneurship to flourish. However, despite the importance of real estate as a global industry, the role it plays in the functioning of both developing and developed economies is under-researched. Relevant real estate research requires significant industry collaboration. The future of the industry will be influenced as never before by technology and innovation, and relevant real estate research requires significant industry collaboration.

Proptech 3.0


We have launched the Oxford Future of Real Estate Initiative, led by Professor Andrew Baum, real estate industry veteran and author of 2017's groundbreaking Proptech 3.0 report. The initiative will bring academics together with industry experts from leading businesses across the global real estate community. It will enable Oxford Saïd to employ a variety of research methods to understand the technology and innovation drivers of change in the real estate industry, and the research findings will be available to the public.

Andrew Baum
Andrew Baum

‘From Blockchain to Smart Cities, the real estate world is going through a period of extraordinary change,’ explained Professor Baum. ‘Thousands of extremely clever people backed by billions of dollars of investment are working hard to change the way it is traded, used and operated. 93% of tech start-ups fail to last more than three years, but those who prosper will have a radical impact, and it is of vital importance for companies to understand exactly what changes they will bring. This initiative will enable both the academic and commercial Real Estate communities to work together in preparation for a period for unparalleled challenge and opportunity.’

Research topics

The first confirmed research topics include:

  • Blockchain and property trading
  • Big data and the investment/occupation decision
  • Leasing or operating? Future management models for real estate
  • Technology and the smart city of the future



This is an innovative approach to applied real estate research that will create strong lasting partnerships between academics and industry.

The initiative will consist of a group of ten leading businesses who will support and engage in an ambitious programme of research at Oxford.

Our founding partners are:

  • Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner
  • CBRE
  • EY
  • Redevco
  • The Crown Estate
  • TH Real Estate
  • UBS

This is a unique opportunity to contribute to, and work with, the exceptional research faculty and students at Oxford Saïd.

Andrew Vaughan, Chief Executive Officer at Redevco commented: ‘As a retail-focused investment manager we recognise the enormous structural changes taking place in our sector. We believe these will be both positive as well as disruptive, will come at an astonishing speed and will significantly impact our business. We are delighted to join the Future of Real estate initiative working with like-minded partners to learn about and anticipate the impact of such technologies and innovations at an early stage.’

As well as co-funding research, the initiative partners will meet twice yearly to discuss continuing research development.

We are extremely proud to have these companies join us. They are funding world-class research into the future of the industry.

Professor Baum

Real Estate events

The Initiative is part of a broad range of activities designed to embed real estate within the school.

This encompasses a popular Real Estate elective on the Oxford MBA; an open enrolment executive education programme in Real Estate; a global network of Oxford real estate alumni that is being created through the establishment of the Oxford Real Estate Society, and the delivery of the annual Oxford Real Estate Conference. The 2019 conference will be held on 20 March at Oxford Saïd, please save the date

The 2018 conference was held on Wednesday 7 March at Saïd Business School in Oxford. The conference focussed on Innovation in the Real Estate industry, exploring how changes in technology, development/construction methods, design and investment practices are affecting the industry and whether these transformations are in fact influencing Real Estate investment fundamentals. Our panels covered; the impact of technology on the real estate market, innovation in real estate, advances in real estate development, and redesigning spaces. The conference included keynote addresses, five panels, and many networking opportunities, and concluded with a cocktail reception and an optional dinner at St Peter's College. Read more about the event.