Research Programme 2015-2018

The IPF Research Programme has a reputation for delivering high quality, rigorous and independent research, concentrating on issues relevant to the market.  Thanks to the generosity of the current sponsoring organisations, over £1 million has been pledged to support one of the biggest UK-based research programmes that focuses specifically on real estate investment.

2015-2018 SPONSORS


The objectives of the Research Programme reinforce those of the IPF, through enhancing the understanding and efficiency of property as an investment, including public, private, equity, debt and synthetic exposure, for its members and other interested parties.  All our research aims to support these objectives.  We commission and publish broadly three different types of work:

  • Major research reports that generally address key issues for the market such as risk, liquidity, depreciation and sustainability.  Full and summary reports are ordinarily published to document the findings of these investigations.  
  • Short Papers, which focus on specific and topical issues in the market and comprise a single paper on publication.
  • Regular reports - these currently include: 
    • the UK Consensus Forecast (quarterly)
    • the European Consensus Forecast (6-monthly)
    • Size and Structure of the UK Property Market (annual)
    • Residential Investment Survey (annual)


All reports are held in the Resource Library.  Full reports are available for downloading free of charge by IPF members.  Members will need to log in to access all full reports.  Summary reports and Short Papers can be downloaded free of charge by non-members.

Please click on the links for details of the IPF Research Programme 2011-2015IPF Research Programme 2006-2009, and the IPF/IPF Educational Trust Joint Research Programme 2003-2006.


UK Consensus Forecasts
24 February
26 May
1 September
24 November

European Prime Office Rents Forecasts
12 May
10 November
The IPF produces an ad hoc research newsletter listing ongoing research and completed projects supported by the IPF Research Programme. The newsletter also contains listings of current research projects being supported by the AREF, BCO, BCSC, BPF, PIA and RICS. Historic newsletters can be found in the Resource Library.

IPF Research Newsletter Issue 14 (Summer 2016)

In addition, the IPF emails a regular Research Digest to members, which is a update on the current activity of the Research Programme.


We welcome proposals for research pieces. As a starting point please download our submission guidelines. If you would like to discuss your proposal further, please contact Pam Craddock.

IPF Research Programme 2015-18 research submission guidelines