Doctoral study in Property

Why study with us?

  • Opportunity to make an original and significant contribution to knowledge to the property discipline
  • Opportunities to connect with property professionals through networking events   
  • Dedicated workspaces for full-time PhD students
  • Access to regular seminars aimed at developing skills in academic research and writing
  • Postgraduate Research Student Support (PReSS) account funding for all domestic and international students
  • The possibility of an academic career or employment in senior leadership and management positions in government or the property industry
  •  Triple Crown accreditation from the leading international bodies: AACSB International, EFMD-EQUIS and AMBA (our Business School is in the 1% of Business Schools worldwide to hold this.)
  •   New Zealand’s leading university, ranked 81st in the QS World University Ranking 2021

Research opportunities

As a doctoral student in Property, you'll join a thriving research community. The department offers specialist supervision by highly qualified and internationally recognised academics. We are involved in a wide variety of research activities related to all aspects of property and are engaged in research projects funded by government agencies and the private sector.

The PhD in Property is an interdisciplinary programme traversing a range of fields including property valuation and development, marketing, management, economics and finance.

We welcome research proposals in a variety of topics covering our key research specialisations in commercial and residential property markets and urban land use policies.

Our people

Pursue your topic with us and benefit from exceptional standards of support and supervision from internationally recognised researchers.

Professor Deborah Levy (Head of Department)
Research interests: behavioural aspects of property, property management, property marketing.

Dr Abdul-Rasheed Amidu
Behaviouralism in property valuation decision making, operation of property markets in emerging economies, land policies and administration

Dr William Cheung
Housing, land policy, urban economics, property rights and institutional analysis

Miss Kiri Dell

Māori land issues, competitive Māori strategy

Dr Zhi Dong
Application of finance, investment, auction theories; real asset and capital markets

Dr Olga Filippova
Application of spatial econometrics to house price modelling, impacts of natural hazards and climate change on property markets, heritage preservation and urban regeneration

Dr Jeremy Gabe
Sustainability in the built environment, commercial leasing structures, private provision of environmental quality, and green building design

Dr Michael Rehm
Housing affordability, credit supply and housing prices, sustainability and green building policies

Past research topics

  • The Decision-Making Behaviour of Property Owners (Investors and Developers): A Case Study of the Christchurch City Centre Rebuild  | Supervised by Professor Deborah Levy and Professor Harvey Perkins
  • Regulatory and non-regulatory influential factors for earnings management by real estate investment trusts | Supervised by Dr Zhi Dong
  • A decade of NABERS Energy: the effect of public energy performance rating disclosures on office asset energy consumption and rental prices | Supervised by Dr Michael Rehm
  • State intervention in housing the urban poor in the developing State of Terengganu in Malaysia : an institutional analysis of low-cost housing regulations and their impacts on low-cost housing provision  | Supervised by Professor Larry Murphy and Professor Deborah Levy
  • Evaluating operating characteristics in commercial real estate lease contracts: gross lease vs net lease (New Zealand perspective) | Supervised by Professor Larry Murphy and Professor Deborah Levy

Scholarships and awards

There are several scholarships you may be eligible for when you decide to pursue your doctoral studies in Property.

University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarships

Property Institute of New Zealand Postgraduate Scholarship

Barry Spicer and Owen G Glenn PhD Scholarship

Contact us

Phone the University

  • 923 7186 (within Auckland)
  • 0800 61 62 63 (outside Auckland)
  • +64 9 373 7513 (overseas)

For specific information on doctoral study in Property, please contact the Department of Property

Apply for doctoral study