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Diary of a Travelling Academic Studying the Impact of the Panama Canal on Global Trade

The Professor

One of the wonderful perks of being an academic is that most of us have the summers “off”. They are not really off, as many of us work hard on our research or take students on summer tours to study real estate… but that is often in a fun and exotic place. I have been fortunate to have that experience this summer. Last month, I spent a week in Panama studying the Impact of the Panama Canal on Global Trade (and in turn real estate). I also spent the last two weeks in the UK where I visited family and friends in the property profession (including several other authors for the Property Chronicle, Andy Baum and Nick French). In addition, I met lots of old colleagues and met new colleagues at the European Real Estate Society meetings where we celebrated the 25th anniversary of the European Real Estate Society (ERES), the 25th Anniversary of the International Real Estate Society (IRES) and the 150th Anniversary of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).  If you have never been to an ERES meeting I strongly encourage you to put it on your list. They are typically held in late June or early July and this year I learned a tremendous amount. There were sessions on technology, big data, the housing affordability crisis that is clearly happening all over the world, sustainability and climate change, corporate real estate, REITs, finance and capital markets, education, etc. You name it and there was a session on it. In addition, I saw old friends and colleagues but more importantly made new friends from Africa, Turkey, Australia, Brazil and even Mongolia!

The Professor

About Elaine Worzala

Elaine Worzala

Dr. Elaine Worzala is the Bendit Distinguished Scholar and Chair of the Center for Real Estate and Urban Analysis at George Washington University. She is a proud graduate of the Wisconsin Real Estate Program at the UW-Madison. She is an active member of numerous academic and professional organizations including the Counselors of Real Estate. She is currently Academic Liason Editor for Real Estate Issues. She has held academic appointments at many institutions most recently at the College of Charleston. Dr. Worzala has received numerous awards over the years. She is most proud of the American Real Estate Society’s Grasskamp Award.

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