Dr Allison Orr
- Senior Lecturer (Urban Studies)
Dr Orr joined the Department of Urban Studies in June 2006 as a Senior Lecturer in Real Estate, following previous academic posts as a lecturer at Heriot-Watt University and the University of Aberdeen. Her research focuses on the commercial real estate market, housing and quantitative analysis, building on her PhD which modelled the determinants of regional industrial rents. Dr Orr is especially interested in the investment characteristics of direct property assets and the factors that shape the decision-making processes of investors, users and developers within the commercial and residential sectors of the market.
- Structural changes in the retail market and the impact on property professional practices;
- Spatial analysis of the dynamics of retailing systems;
- Analysis and time-series modelling of commercial user market;
- Sustainable development and the urban property market;
- Understanding the decision-making strategies made by direct property investors;
- Pricing of residential and commercial property and the interaction with market outcomes; and
- The impact of innovations and market practices in urban systems.
Current Research Grants
Real Estate, Place Adaptation and Innovation within an integrated Retailing system (REPAIR). Dr Orr is Principal Investigator leading this Economic and Social Research Council funded multi-stream research project, working with Cath Jackson (University of Sheffield), Victoria Lawson (Univeristy of Sheffield), Joanna Stewart (Univeristy of Glasgow) and James White (Univeristy of Glasgow).
Recent Research Grants
Changing priorities in investor decison-making: The sustainaiblity agenda with Cath Jackson (Sheffield); Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Research Trust; 2017-2018.
The implicit pricing of property attributes with Neil Crosby (Reading) and Cath Jackson (Sheffield); Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Research Trust; 2014.
Review of social rent setting in Northern Ireland: Updating the 2007 review with Ken Gibb, Newhaven Research and Steve Wilcox (York); Northern Ireland Housing Executive; 2012.
Review of land assembly and land banking vehicles with David Adams; Scottish Government; 2008.
Scottish housing supply and affordability model with Chris Leishman, Ken Gibb, Newhaven Research, Geoff Meen (Reading),Yu Chenand Robert Wright (Strathclyde); Scottish Government; 2008.
Dr Orr would welcome applications from real estate students interested in PhD research in her areas of interest in real estate and urban economics.
Current Postgraduate Research Students
- Watson, Andrew
AS SAFE AS HOUSES? Risk Awareness, Impact and Management in the Private Rented Sector
Previous Postgraduate Research Students
- Benjamin Gill
Interactions between Local Housing Allowance rates, and poverty and welfare traps in the UK
- Jie Huang (PhD 2019)
- Douglas Lindsay (PhD 2012)
- Real Estate Valuation and Appraisal (convenor)
- Advanced Real Estate Valuation and Appraisal (convenor)
- Strategic Real Estate Management (convenor)
- Real Estate Finance and Investment (convenor)
- PGT Dissertation Supervision