Student Achievements


  • A paper co-authored by PhD student Zhang Fan won the ‘Best Paper” under the ‘Real Estate Investment Trusts’ category at the 2018 American Real Estate Society (ARES) Annual Conference held at Bonita Springs, Florida, USA from 10-14 April 2018. The paper title is "CEO tenure and farsighted investment - evidence from the U.S. REITs" (Previously named "The propensity of REITs to engage in 'short-term pain, long-term gain' acquisitions".
  • Another paper by Zhang Fan also bagged the ‘Best Paper” award at the Global Chinese Real Estate Congress (GCREC) 10th Annual Conference held at Qingdao China between 20-22 July 2018. The paper "REITs diversification and analyst accuracy" was co-authored by Joseph T.L. Ooi and Zhang Fan.


  • PhD student Yang Shangming received Gregory Chow Best Paper Award for a paper he presented at the Chinese Economist Society China Annual Conference in June 2017: “The Spatial Misallocation of Capital and Labor in China: A Welfare Analysis Based on Urban Accounting.” The paper is coauthored by YANG Shangming, FU Yuming and LU Yi.
    The information about the Gregory Chow Best Paper Award can be found here


  • Zhang Yanjiang's paper titled "The behaviors of flippers, rental investors and owner-occupiers in the Singapore private housing market" has been accepted for presentation at the eighth interdisciplinary conference of the Leibniz Network on Real Estate Markets and Capital Markets (ReCapNet) in Mannheim, Germany, on November 3 and 4, 2016. This conference is organised by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) and it is open to all researchers interested in the relationships between real estate markets and capital markets. Further information about the conference available at
  • Yi Fangxin (Francine) current PhD Year 2 student has been invited to present at an international workshop on "Gaps in Disaster Governance Research" to be held from March 9-12 at Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance associated with the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.A.

    She has also been granted S$15,000 research funding as a collaborater for a MOE Tier 2 research project. She could access this funding for travel to carry out research on disaster governance in China.

    Further information on the the project available at


  • The American Economic Association (AEA) has accepted a paper by Hao Yang and Fu Yuming for the January 2016 meetings in San Francisco. The paper is titled "Urban Accounting for Geographic Concentration of Skill and Welfare Inequality".
  • “Neighbourhood Land-use Patterns and Housing Prices in Beijing” by  Wang Yourong, Tu Yong and Li WenBin won the Best Paper Awards, 3rd level, in Global Real Estate Summit, AsRES 2015 Annual Conference, July 6-9 2015, Fairmont Washington, D.C. USA.

    Dr Wang Yourong obtained her PhD from the Department of Real Estate in 2014. She is now a faculty at the Central University of Finance and Economics, Beijing. The paper is derived from her PhD thesis.


  • PhD Student, Li Qing, won the EBS Aareal Award of Excellence in Real Estate Research under the category "Research Paper". The award (given by The Real Estate Management Institute of the EBS Business School and Aareal Bank AG) is for academically-outstanding research work in real estate economics.
  • PhD Student, Kang Moo Koo, (supervisor, Prof Sumit Agarwal) won the best graduate student research award to present at the Second Asian-Pacific Cities Sustainability Initiative (ACSI) Forum in Manila, Philippine. The ACSI Forum is co-sponsored by Asia Society and Urban Land Institute (ULI). During the ACSI, city mayors from Philippine, New Zealand, and other Asian-Pacific regions shared their experiences discuss challenges facing the local government and industry leaders regarding the disaster resilience, green and environmental sustainability, urban land and traffic planning, etc. Kang joined a handful of winning graduate students from UCLA, USC, Georgetown, MIT and Melbourne to share their research findings with the participating city mayors and industry leaders. Mr. Kang Moo Koo presented his research on city management towards metropolitan traffic congestion in Singapore. His presentation was well received among the mayors and other participants.
  • PhD Student, Deng Xiaoying, has accepted an offer to join the Economics and Management School, Wuhan University, as an Assistant Professor.


  • PhD Student, Deng Xiaoying, has been awarded the Real Estate Research Institute (RERI) Student Stipend Travel Award to attend the annual RERI Research Conference at the DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois May 1-2, 2013.