Special Issue "Sustainable Property Markets"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Urban and Rural Development".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Chihiro Shimizu
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Center for Spatial Information Science, the University of Tokyo, Kashiwa, Chiba 277-8568, Japan
Interests: economic measurement; index theory; real estate economics
Prof. Dr. Franz Fuerst
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Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB3 9EP, UK
Interests: real estate economics; sustainability; urban economics; green finance
Dr. Nikodem Szumilo
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Economics and Finance of the Built Environment, the Bartlett School of Construction & Project Management Faculty of the Built Environment, University College London, London WC1E 6BT, UK
Interests: real estate finance; urban economics; banking; household finance; sustainability
Dr. Georgia Warren-Myers
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the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, the University of Melbourne, Parkville, VIC 3010, Australia
Interests: real estate valuation; economics and development; sustainability; climate change; sustainable construction; housing affordability
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Dr. Xiangyu Guo
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Finance at Fanhai International School of Finance, Fudan University, Shanghai 200433, China
Interests: urban economics; real estate finance; applied econometrics
Dr. Hiroki Baba
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Center for Southeast Asian Studies/the Hakubi Center for Advanced Research, Kyoto University and Center for Spatial Information Science, the University of Tokyo, Kyoto 606-8501, Japan
Interests: urban quantitative analysis; city/landscape planning; shrinking city studies

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Recent decades have seen marked economic growth in East Asia, notably China, as well as in South America and Africa. Meanwhile, the relationship between economic growth and the ensuing environmental burden has been scrutinized in the literature. The focus on these issues has become even stronger as the connection between global warming and greenhouse gas emissions—which have risen sharply as a by-product of economic growth—has become clear. Climate change has manifested itself in the form of visible and tangible phenomena such as the destruction of existing ecosystems and rising sea levels. At the regional and local levels, the debate typically revolves around environmental degradation- and pollution-induced health problems. However, in recent years, as these problems have accelerated, environmental pollution-related crises that used to occur every few decades have begun to occur every few years, shining a spotlight on this rapid change. Property and construction markets play a key role, not just because they are physical manifestations of economic growth in cities around the world, but also because of their share, roughly one third, of global greenhouse gas emissions. Particularly in market-based economies, price signals from property markets can provide a crucial impulse for mitigation and adaptation in the face of climate change. Hence, this Special Issue focuses on the role of the property market in a sustainable society. In order to achieve true sustainability, various risks must be controlled and mitigated. Alongside more localized risks such as earthquake risk, wildfire risk and flood risk, including global sea level rise and large-scale adverse weather events. Apart from investigating the effects of policies such as carbon pricing or emissions regulations on real estate markets, defining appropriate sustainability metrics that are backed up by timely, accurate and reliable data will be an important factor in the transition to more sustainable property markets and economies.

Prof. Dr. Chihiro Shimizu
Prof. Dr. Franz Fuerst
Dr. Nikodem Szumilo
Dr. Georgia Warren-Myers
Dr. Xiangyu Guo
Dr. Hiroki Baba
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  • green building
  • property prices
  • climate change
  • ESG
  • responsible investment
  • earthquake
  • sea or river level rise

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Assessing Employee Engagement in a Post-COVID-19 Workplace Ecosystem
Sustainability 2021, 13(20), 11443; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/su132011443 - 16 Oct 2021
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This article has aimed to better understand employee engagement in a post-COVID-19 workplace ecosystem. We identified a knowledge gap in the relationship between employee engagement and the physical workplace environment through an interdisciplinary literature review. We subsequently tested this gap by comparing employee [...] Read more.
This article has aimed to better understand employee engagement in a post-COVID-19 workplace ecosystem. We identified a knowledge gap in the relationship between employee engagement and the physical workplace environment through an interdisciplinary literature review. We subsequently tested this gap by comparing employee engagement metrics proposed by leading academics in the field of organisational psychology with a sample of commonly used real estate industry approaches to monitoring workplace design/management. We focused specifically on industry-projected post-COVID-19 workplace ecosystem scenarios, and the results suggest that traditional employee engagement metrics and industry approaches to monitoring workplace design and management do not fully reflect the recent shift to hybrid work patterns. We shed light on the implications that this can have on our existing knowledge of “sustainable” property markets in a wider city context. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainable Property Markets)
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