Research Proposals

The IPF welcomes research proposals from those looking to undertake research in Real Estate Investment. The Research Programme aims to address 'industry issues' and, in doing so, support the wider objectives of the Forum to enhance the knowledge, understanding and efficiency of property as an investment.  Research proposals are considered by the IPF Research Steering Group, a committee of industry practitioners with a wealth of experience in both research and practice.

The types of research ideas that the IPF will consider taking forward will be those that meet the IPF's overall aims to enhance the knowledge and understanding of property as an investment asset class (both to property professionals, and to those outside property), or that supports or develops: new or improves existing forms of real estate investment; improvements in the functioning of the property investment market in the UK; or the activities of the IPF.  Preference will be given to proposals that: improve the functioning and efficiency of the market; ensure property receives a fair hearing with investment asset allocators; or provide a sound empirical platform for initiating and informing debate at the highest levels of government.   

In terms of research themes, specific areas of interest comprise:

  • Asset allocation
  • Portfolio selection
  • Asset management

Additionally, the Research Programme seeks to support five issues of concern identified by the IPF membership, being to enhance the understanding of:

  • How property is financed and funded
  • The impact of regulation and legislation
  • Sustainability
  • Internationalisation of real estate
  • Residential property investment

Proposals that clearly specify how the findings of such research are to be disseminated and, where applicable, how researchers will engage with industry practitioners to encourage the adoption of new approaches will be looked on with greater favour.

IPF Research Programme 2015-18 research submission guidelines

If you would like to discuss a potential research proposal prior to submission, please contact Pam Craddock, IPF Research Director.

current tenders

Proposals are invited for the following research that the IPF wishes to commission:

Current Practices in Benchmarking Real Estate Investment Performance 
A study to investigate the range and application of benchmarks within private real estate as an asset class. The research will examine the selection, composition and use of benchmarks by a range of investor types in the context of UK market practice.

The closing date for this tender is Monday 29 January 2018. Submissions should adhere to the IPF Guidelines (as above).

IPF Benchmarking RE Investment Performance Invitation to Tender (Dec 2017)

Occupational Drivers of Investment Performance in Real Estate Sectors
Given the importance of income as a component of real estate returns, the IPF wishes to commission a series of studies across a range of property types, to identify key characteristics that drive tenant demand, commencing with the logistics sector. Researchers are expected to provide original insights into the subject, with the focus on the investment implications of change to sector performance.

The closing date for this tender is Monday 5 February 2018. Submissions should adhere to the IPF Guidelines (as above).

IPF Research Occupational Drivers of Performance Invitation to Tender (Jan 2018)

Should you wish to discuss either of these research proposals, please contact Pam Craddock.

Current research

Costing Energy Efficiency Improvements in Existing Commercial Buildings
Since the last edition of this research was published in 2012, improving the energy performance of existing buildings within the commercial property sector has become even more critical. The imposition of tougher energy efficiency standards and carbon reduction targets (including the MEES Regulations, effective from April 2018, and the Paris Agreement, to which the UK is a ratified signatory) will have a significant impact on the real estate industry. 

To maintain consistency and clarity, the same case studies have been used as in previous reports and analysed in accordance with current building regulations; for each, the project assessed the value of a broad range of energy efficiency measures to upgrade the energy performance of base line buildings, including new strategies that reflect current market standards. 

To supplement these core tasks, the research has been extended to wider commercial considerations, system‐specific recommendations, predicted actual energy savings and planning for the future.

The full report, summary and data tables, illustrating the impact of various improvement packages on the six generic building types will be available to download shortly.

An Investigation of the Management of Currency Risk in Real Estate Investment 
Exchange rate fluctuations substantially alter the expected risk and return characteristics of international real estate investment. The University of Cambridge has been commissioned to examine contemporary industry practice in managing currency risk for foreign real estate investment. By reviewing different currency risk management approaches and analysing their advantages and disadvantages for different types of investor, different objectives and different markets, the study aims to provide the industry with a better understanding of these issues and how different approaches could minimise overall risk, as well as where responsibilities should lie in evaluating and executing these strategies. The investigation will extend beyond the UK, to consider current practice in a number of locations, including China/Hong Kong, Australia, US, Germany and the Netherlands.

Scheduled for publication Q1 2018

Land Value Indices for Commercial Real Estate: Measuring Performance & Benchmarking Viability
This study, by the University of Reading will investigate and propose a framework for the regular estimation of land values for different areas based on a consistent approach. The research will measure land values for different hypothetical scheme types in all UK regions and for selected major cities and will examine the time-series characteristics of these measures, comparing trends in values, as well as analyse the key drivers of changes in development viability over time.

Scheduled for publication Q1 2018

Real Estate in UK DC Pension Fund Investment
A follow up to the 2013 research, this investigation will determine the extent of defined contribution pension investment in real estate (listed/unlisted). Using the existing resources of the contractor, Spence Johnson, (including proprietary DC Market Intelligence research), the study establish the current state of DC investment in real estate, the principal constraints that pension providers face (including daily pricing and liquidity requirements, as well as the key issue of fees) and will seek to forecast future growth in direct real estate investment in UK DC.

Scheduled for publication Q1 2018

UK Residential Attitudes and Investment Survey 2017
This annual survey monitors the level of current exposure, investment intentions and barriers to investment in UK residential property by over 40 institutional and large scale investors.

Scheduled for publication Q4 2017