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Steve Bourassa Appointed Martha and Robert Fogelman Chair in Sustainable Real Estate

For release:  June 7, 2011

Steven C. Bourassa has been appointed as the Martha and Robert Fogelman Family Chair of Excellence in Sustainable Real Estate in the Fogelman College of Business and Economics.  Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Memphis, he was the KHC Real Estate Research Professor at the University of Louisville, where he worked for 12 years. Previously, he was professor and head of the Department of Property at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.  He also served on the faculties of the University of Sydney and the Australian National University.  His first teaching position was in the city and regional planning program at Memphis State University in the late 1980s.

Bourassa's research focuses on urban housing and land markets and policy.  He is the co-editor, with Yu-Hung Hong, of Leasing Public Land: Policy Debates and International Experiences, published by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy in 2003.  His research has explored home ownership rates in the United States and other countries, the use of community land trusts to provide affordable housing, methods for constructing house price indexes, and land taxation as an economic development tool.  His interests in sustainable real estate range from measuring the costs and benefits of environmentally sensitive real estate development to finding ways to make housing and commercial real estate more stable forms of investment.

Dr. Bourassa is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Sustainable Real Estate, Journal of Housing Research, Journal of Property Research, Journal of Real Estate Research, International Real Estate Review, and Journal of European Real Estate Research.  He is treasurer of the International Real Estate Society and associate executive director of the American Real Estate Society.  He holds bachelors and master’s degrees from the University of Delaware and Temple University, respectively, and a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied city planning, real estate, and regional science.

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