Center for Real Estate and Regional Economics is the fifth research center of the Institute for Economic and Social Research (IESR) which aims to build an internationalized research platform by introducing overseas talents, expanding international cooperation and promoting further academic development within the field of real estate and regional economics.

 The center has devoted its efforts to expanding cooperation across various industries, exploring industrial as well as social purpose real estate, and stimulating research on such key issues in urban and regional economic development as housing policy, housing provident fund reform, real estate finance, urban renewal and redevelopment, Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area construction, and others.

  Center for Real Estate and Regional Economics will be regularly organizing industry conferences and policy forums, and will strive to become one of the leading real estate think tanks in China and Southeast Asia to provide local businesses and government with research-based support that will contribute in exploring industry development and address the most pressing social issues.  

  The center’s Overseas Honorary Director is Yongheng Deng, who is a Professor and the John P. Morgridge Distinguished Chair in Business in the Department of Real Estate and Urban Land Economics, Wisconsin School of Business, University of Wisconsin – Madison.

  Professor Deng received Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley.He has chaired the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Real Estate, and also served as a Vice Chair of the Forum's Global Agenda Council on Financing and Capital. He was also the 50th President of the American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association (AREUEA), and served as an Economist and Expert in the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight (OFHEO) in Washington DC.