School of Architecture, Planning & Landscape

Staff Profile

Dr Raymond Abdulai

Senior Lecturer in Real Estate & Urban Development + Pathway Leader, MSc Advanced Architectural Design: Property Development + Senior Tutor (Planning)

Background

Introduction

Raymond joined Newcastle University in February 2018, having previously worked at Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU), Liverpool, UK as a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Real Estate Management and Wolverhampton University, Wolverhampton, UK as Visiting Lecturer in Asset Management, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow and Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Real Estate. Prior to this, Raymond lectured at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana and practised as a valuation surveyor before commencing his academic career in the UK.

Qualifications

  • BSc (First Class Honours) in Land Economy, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana
  • MPhil in Land Economy, Cambridge University, Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • PhD in Real Estate, Wolverhampton University, Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
  • PGCert in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, Wolverhampton University, Wolverhampton, United Kingdom

Esteem Indicators

Raymond is associated with the following institutions: 

  • Member, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS)
  • Member, Ghana Institution of Surveyors (MGhIS)
  • Fellow, Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • Fellow, Cambridge Commonwealth Society
  • Associate Member of Commonwealth Association of Surveying & Land Economy. 

Raymond has authored/edited six textbooks and contributed 12 chapters to various edited textbooks. In total, he has produced  72 publications. He is currently the Lead Editor of a 15-chapter book on "Environmental Sustainability and Real Estate in the Developing World" to be published by Emerald Publishing (UK) in November 2019. The other co-editor is from Salford University. There are 19 authors (including the two editors) contributing to the book from institutions across the globe, including Cambridge, Harvard, and Reading Universities. Apart from being the Lead Editor, he is contributing to the book by co-authoring six chapters with other academics and international consultants

Raymond has successfully supervised eight PhD and two MPhil students and has served as an examiner (internal & external) for 11 PhD students: he has, for example, served as an external examiner in universities like Heriot Watt and Wolverhampton Universities in the UK and University of Twente in The Netherlands. He is currently the lead supervisor of a PhD student who is researching into "The proliferation of shopping malls and its impact on traditional retail outlets in Accra, Ghana". 

As a Charted Surveyor, he practises and also engages in consultancy activities internationally for, particularly, African governments by carrying out research on land related issues.

Raymond serves as reviewer for various international academic journals including:

  • Planning Studies;
  • Habitat International;
  • Urban Studies;
  • International Journal of Building Pathology and Adaptation;
  • Cities - International Journal of Urban Policy and Planning;
  • Social Indicators Research;
  • International Journal of Urban Sustainable Development;
  • International Development Planning Review;
  • African Review of Economics and Finance; and
  • Journal of Housing and Built Environment.

He reviews textbook proposals for publishers like Taylor and Francis (Routledge) and SAGE Publishing and serves on the editorial advisory board of two international academic journals: African Review of Economics and Finance and Journal Civil Engineering and Construction Technology. He also reviews papers for international conferences, for example, annual Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Construction, Building and Real Estate Research (COBRA) Conferences and has also served as a Track Chair for conferences.

Raymond has served as a Keynote Speaker at international conferences. In 2007, he was part of a 14–Member Think Tank that examined “Property Rights, Markets and Underdevelopment in Africa” at a Colloquium organised by International Policy Network, UK  (funded by Liberty Fund of USA) at Savill Court Hotel and Conference from 21–24 February in   Surrey, UK.

In September 2018 he was  part of a Team of built environment professionals and academics  invited by Members of the Management Board of Commonwealth Association of Surveying and Land Economy  (CASLE) to join them in launching the Golden Jubilee Year of CASLE in 2019  at The RICS Council Chamber, Parliament Square, London  after which the Team and Members of the Management Board participated in workshop discussion on "CASLE - the future in a post Brexit world".  


Research

Raymond's research interests span various facets of real estate (RE)  including: environmental  sustainability in  RE;  RE economics; RE management and the role of RE in a multi-asset class portfolio; RE securitization - performance of RE investments trusts (REITs); RE finance & development;  RE investment including investment in non-traditional RE sectors like health care; RE valuation; emerging RE markets; and landed property rights in the developing world.

Prior to joining Newcastle University, he was part of the team executing a £2,649,240 EU funded Low Carbon Eco-Innovatory (LCEI) Project that is executed collaboratively by Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU), University of Liverpool and Lancaster University. The project commenced in Sept 2015 and is due to end in Sept 2019. LCEI works with SMEs on an individual basis in order to identify opportunities for low carbon development which will ultimately bring about economic and environmental benefits for businesses, their customers and the community.

Other externally funded projects he has been involved in include:

  • Land tenure considerations for neighbourhood plans in Kampala, Uganda [application under the auspices of Growth Consultants for Change (GCC) Ltd] and funded by International Growth Centre (IGC), Uganda via Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA);
  • Rwanda’s land tenure reform: Impacts, challenges and lessons learnt [application under the auspices of GCC Ltd) and funded by Department for International Development (DFID);
  • Development of policy and options papers to support the review of Government of Rwanda National Land Policy [application under the auspices of GCC Ltd) and funded by United States Agency for International Development (USAID); 
  • Understanding the causes of informal land transactions in Rwanda and to provide recommendations required to ensure every land transaction is captured by the formal land transaction process [application under the auspices of GCC Ltd)  and funded by Department for International Development (DFID);
  • An economic study of traditional landholding institutions in urban Sub-Saharan Africa (sole applicant)  and funded by Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Education Trust;
  • The operation of traditional landholding institutions in sub-Saharan Africa: a case study of Ghana, (sole applicant) and funded by School of Architecture and Built Environment, Wolverhampton University;
  • MPhil studies in Land Economy (sole applicant) and funded by Cambridge Commonwealth, European and International Trust;
  • Travel grants from the World Bank, American Real Estate Society and European Real Estate Society to present research papers at various times.  

 Internally funded projects he has been involved in include:

  • PhD project  entitled The Proliferation of Shopping Malls and its Impact on Commercial Activities in Traditional Market Centres in Accra, Ghana (sole applicant) and funded by The Dean's Studentship Scheme, Faculty of Engineering & Technology, LJMU, now funded by SAPL, Newcastle University;
  • PhD project entitled Examining the impacts of a new regional inner-city retail development on Liverpool’s existing inner-city shopping centres and other retail areas, (sole applicant) and funded by Department of Built Environment, LJMU; 
  • PhD project  entitled  Secure Property Rights and Access to Credit for Small Enterprises’ (SEs) Credit: A Comparative Study of Ghana and England, (sole applicant) and funded by Department of Built Environment, LJMU; and 
  • Land Registration and Accessibility to Formal Credit for Investment: Case Studies of Ghana and England (sole applicant) and funded by Department of Built Environment, LJMU, initially funded by School of Architecture and Built Environment, Wolverhampton University.   


Teaching

Raymond teaches in both Planning and Architecture Departments.

In the Planning Department and at the undergraduate level, he contributes teaching to TCP3028 Strategies into Action: Planning where he leads the Property Development Project which is one of the five Projects delivered in the module.  At  the postgraduate level, he contributes teaching to TCP8034 Planning and Sustainability, and TCP8954 Housing and Settlements. He is also the Senior Tutor for the Planning Department.

In the Architecture Department, Raymond teaches only at the postgraduate level. He is the module leader for ARC8118 Development Finance as well as contributes teaching to ARC8120 Design Research Methods, ARC8119 Property Development Specialist Studio, and ARC8117 Design Thesis. He  also the Pathway Leader, MSc Advanced Architectural Design: Property Development.  





Publications

  • Ochieng EG, Ovbagbedia OO, Abdulai R, Matipa W, Zuofa T, Ruan X, Oledinma A. Utilising a systematic knowledge management based system to optimise project management operations in oil and gas organisations. Information Technology and People 2018, 31(2), 527-556.
  • Abdulai RT, Ochieng EG. Land Registration and Landownership Security: An Examination of the Underpinning Principles of Land Registration. Property Management 2017, 35(1), 24-47.
  • GCC Ltd. Land tenure considerations for neighbourhood plans in Kampala, Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA), Uganda. 2017.
  • Owusu-Ansah A, Ohemeng-Mensah D, Abdulai RT, Obeng-Odoom F. Public choice theory and rental housing: an examination of rental housing contracts in Ghana. Housing Studies 2017, e-pub ahead of print.
  • Owusu-Ansah A, Ohemeng-Mensah D, Abdulai RT. An Examination of Housing Contracts in Ghana: Legal versus Economic Perspectives. In: American Real Estate Society. 2016, Denver, CO, USA.
  • GCC Ltd. An Investigation into Informal Transactions under the Land Tenure Regularisation (LTR) in Rwanda, Report Sponsored by RNRA & DFID. 2016.
  • Abdulai RT, Owusu-Ansah A. Management of Real Estate Management Information and Economic Development in Third World Countries. In: Abdulai RT; Obeng-Odoom F; Ochieng EG; Maliene V, ed. Real Estate, Constrcution and Economic Development in Emerging Market Economies. Abingdon, UK: Taylor & Francis, 2016, pp.205-223.
  • Abdulai RT, Obeng-Odoom F, Ochieng EG, Maliene V, ed. Real Estate, Construction and Economic Development in Emerging Market Economies. Abingdon, UK: Routledge, 2016.
  • Abdulai RT, Obeng-Odoom F, Ochieng EG, Maliene V. Real Estate, Construction and Economic Development: Context, Concepts and (inter) connections. In: Abdulai, RT; Obeng-Odoom, F; Ochieng, EG; Maliene, V, ed. Real Estate, Construction and Economic Development in Emerging Markets Economies. Abingdon, UK: Taylor & Francis, 2016, pp.1-16.
  • Abdulai RT, Obeng-Odoom F, Ochieng EG, Maliene V. Real Estate, Construction and Economic Development: Past, Present and Future. In: Abdulai, RT; Obeng-Odoom, F; Ochieng, EG; Maliene, V, ed. Real Estate, Constrcution and Economic Development in Emerging Market Economies. Abingdon, UK: Routledge, 2016, pp.359-362.
  • GCC Ltd. Rwandan National Land Policy Review: Administration of Land-related Taxes and Fees to enhance Land Administration Services and Sustain Land Administration, Land Policy Paper Sponsored by USAID. 2016.
  • GCC Ltd. Rwandan National Land Policy Review: Efficient Use of Rural Land through Special Government Initiatives, Land Policy Paper Sponsored by USAID. 2016.
  • GCC Ltd. Rwandan National Land Policy Review: Measures to Optimise Land Use through Efficient Urbanisation and Housing, Land Policy Paper Sponsored by USAID. 2016.
  • Domeher D, Abdulai R, Yeboah E. Secure Property Rights as a Determinant of SME's Access to Formal Credit in Ghana: Dynamics between Micro-finance Institutions and Universal Banks. Journal of Property Research 2016, 33(2), 162-188.
  • Abdulai RT, ed. A Compendium of International Real Estate and Construction Issues. New York, NY, USA: Nova Science Publishers Inc, 2014.
  • Owusu-Ansah A, Abdulai RT. Construction of Hedonic Price Indices for Development Markets: Explicit Time Variables versus Strictly Cross-Sectional Models. In: American Real Estate Society. 2014, Coronado, CA, USA.
  • Abdulai RT, Owusu-Ansah A. Essential Ingredients of a Good Research Proposal for Undergraduate and Postgraduate Students in Social Sciences. SAGE Open 2014, 4(3), 1-15.
  • Dmochowski A, Abdulai RT. Impacts of New Retail Developments on Existing Inner City Shopping Centres and High Street Shops in the UK: A Review of the Literature 1980-2014. In: 8th Annual Built Environment and Natural Environment Conference. 2014, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, UK.
  • Abdulai RT, Owusu-Ansah A. Land Information Management and Landed Property Ownership Security: Evidence from State-sponsored Court System. Habitat International 2014, 42, 131-137.
  • Abdulai RT. Preface. In: Abdulai, RT, ed. A Compendium of International Real Estate and Construction Issues. New York, NY, USA: Nova Science Publishers Inc, 2014, pp.vii-viii.
  • Owusu-Ansah A, Abdulai RT. Producing Hedonic Price Indices for Developing Markets: Explicit Time Variables versus Strictly Cross-Sectional Models. International Journal of Housing Markets and Analysis 2014, 7(4), 444-458.
  • Abdulai RT. Real Estate Concepts. In: Abdulai, RT, ed. A Compendium of International Real Estate and Construction Issues. New York, NY, USA: Nova Science Publishers Inc, 2014, pp.75-98.
  • Blay-Armah A, Andy R, Abdulai R. Contractor-subcontractor working relationships: a review of transaction costs economics and resource-based theory. In: West Africa Built Environment Research (WABER) Conference. 2013, British Council, Accra, Ghana.
  • Abdulai RT. Editorial: Real Estate Securitisation and Unitisation. Journal of International Real Estate and Construction Studies 2013, 3(1), 1-17.
  • Dmochowski A, Abdulai RT. New Retail Developments and their Effects on Inner City Shopping Centres and other City Centre Retail Areas: A Case Study of Liverpool One. In: 7th Annual Built Environment and Natural Environment Conference. 2013, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, United Kingdom.
  • Abdulai RT, Owusu-Ansah A. Relevance of YP[Dual Rate] Model in the Valuation of Leasehold Interests in Contemporary Practice in England. In: European Real Estate Society. 2013, Vienna University of Technology, Vienna, Austria.
  • Owusu-Ansah A, Abdulai RT. A Comparative Analysis of Corporate Capital Structure Policies in Real Estate and other Industries in Sweden. Current Politics and Economics of Europe 2012, 23(3/4), 259–286.
  • Domeher D, Abdulai RT. Access to Credit in the Developing World: Does Land Registration Matter. Third World Quarterly 2012, 33(1), 163–177.
  • Abdulai RT, Ochieng EG. An Analysis of Government Intervention in Traditional Land Markets in Ghana. Current Politics and Economics of Africa 2012, 5(4), 427–450.
  • Abdulai RT. Editorial: International Real Estate Terminologies. Journal of International Real Estate and Construction Studies 2012, 2(1-2), 1-17.
  • Domeher D, Abdulai RT. Land Registration and Access to Small Enterprise Credit: Preliminary Findings. In: 19th European Real Estate Society Conference. 2012, Edinburgh, Scotland.
  • Domeher D, Abdulai RT. Land Registration, Credit and Agricultural Investment in Africa. Agricultural Finance Review 2012, 72(1), 87-103.
  • Abdulai RT, Brophy CM. Large Scale Stock Condition Surveys in UK's Social Housing. Current Politics and Economics of Europe 2012, 23(3/4), 287-322.
  • Khumpaisal S, Abdulai RT, Ross A. Thai Real Estate Practitioners' Perceptions of Risks. International Journal of Construction Project Management 2012, 4(1), 53-75.
  • Abdulai RT, Domeher D. Why Real Estate Ownership Security cannot be assured via Land Registration in Sub-Saharan Africa. New York, USA: Nova Science Publishers Inc, 2012.
  • Hammond FN, Abdulai RT. Costs of Land Registration in Ghana. New York, USA, 2011.
  • Abdulai RT, Gyamfi-Yeboah F. Emerging Economies and Secondary Mortgage Markets. In: Lombardi, SM, ed. Real Estate Investment Market. New York, USA: Nova Science Publishers Inc, 2011, pp.177–180.
  • Domeher D, Abdulai RT. Enhancing Access to Agricultural Credit through Land Registration in Developing World. In: Ruddock, L; Chynoweth, P; Egbu, C; Sutrisna, M, ed. COBRA 2011: Proceedings of RICS Construction and Property Conference – RICS International Conference. School of Built Environment, Salford University, Salford, UK: School of Built Environment, Salford University, Salford, UK, 2011, pp.1067–1075.
  • Abdulai RT, Owusu-Ansah A. Hedonic Regression Analysis of Housing Price Determinants in Liverpool, England. In: Gotsiridze-Columbus, N, ed. Housing Policy. New York, USA: Nova Science Publishers Inc, 2011, pp.119-138.
  • Abdulai RT, Owusu-Ansah A. House Price Determinants in Liverpool, United Kingdom. Current Politics and Economics of Europe 2011, 22(1), 1-26.
  • Domeher D, Abdulai RT. Land Registration and Access to Formal Credit: A Comparative Study of Ghana and England. In: 5th Annual Built Environment and Natural Environment Conference. 2011, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, United Kingdom: Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, United kingdom.
  • Abdulai RT. Land Registration and Poverty Reduction Ghana. In: Home, R, ed. Local Case Studies in African Land Law (Sponsored by the World Bank). Pretoria, SA: Pretoria University Law Press (PULP), 2011, pp.157–170.
  • Domeher D, Abdulai RT. Land Registration as a Tool for Promoting Agricultural Investment in Africa. In: 27th Annual Conference of American Real Estate Society (ARES). 2011, Seattle, Washington, United States of America.
  • Abdulai RT, Domeher D. Land Registration per se cannot Guarantee Landed Property Ownership Security in Africa: A Theoretical Explanation. Current Politics and Economics of Africa 2011, 4(3), 397–424.
  • Wignall C, Abdulai RT. The Role of International City Planner Consultants in Facilitating Policy Transfer. Journal of Current Issues in Globalization 2011, 4(3/4), 285–307.
  • Abdulai RT. Traditional Landownership Systems and the Housing Problem in Ghana. In: Gotsiridze-Columbus, N, ed. Housing Policy. New York, USA: Nova Science Publishers Inc, 2011, pp.213-219.
  • Abdulai RT. An Evaluation of Students' Engagement and Experience with a Technology Supported Learning Activity. CEBE Transactions 2010, 7(1), 51-56.
  • Owusu-Ansah A, Abdulai RT. An Examination of Swedish Corporate Capital Structure Policies in Real Estate and other Industries. In: 26th Annual American Real Estate Society (ARES) Conference. 2010, Naples, Florida, United States of America.
  • Khumpaisal S, Ross A, Abdulai RT. An Examination of Thai Practitioners' Perceptions of Risk Assessment Techniques in Real Estate Development. Journal of Retail and Leisure Property 2010, 9(2), 151-174.
  • Abdulai RT. Land Registration and Poverty Reduction in Ghana. In: World Bank Sponsored Workshop on Land, Planning and Law in African Urban Development. 2010, Kisumu, Kenya.
  • Abdulai RT, Hammond FN. Landed Property Market Information Management and Access to Finance. Property Management 2010, 28(4), 228–244.
  • Domeher D, Abdulai RT. Security of Land Rights and Sustainable Agricultural Investment in Africa. In: Annual ARCOM Doctoral Workshop on Sustainability Strategies in the UK Construction Industry. 2010, Wolverhampton University, Wolverhampton, United Kingdom.
  • Khumpaisal S, Ross A, Abdulai R. Thai Real Estate Practitioners' Perception of Risks. In: 5th Annual Built Environment and Natural Environment Conference. 2010, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, United Kingdom: Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, United kingdom.
  • Abdulai RT. Traditional Landholding Institutions in Sub-Saharan Africa: The Operation of Traditional Landholding Institutions in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Case Study of Ghana. Saarbrücken, Germany: Lambert Academic Publishing AG & CO KG, 2010.
  • Salem M, Abdulai RT. An Examination of the Attractiveness of Gulf Cooperation Council Real Estate Markets to Potential Global Real Estate Investors. In: 16th Annual European Real Estate Society Conference in association with International Real Estate Society and Royal Institute of Technology. 2009, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden.
  • Abdulai RT. Does Land Registration Guarantee Access to Formal Capital for Investment?. In: 16th Annual European Real Estate Society Conference in association with International Real Estate Society and Royal Institute of Technology. 2009, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden.
  • Abdulai RT, Hammond FN. Foreword. Real Estate and Development Economics Research Journal 2008, 1(1), vi–x.
  • Abdulai RT, Ndekugri IE. Indigenous Landholding Institutions as and Impediment t Economic Use of Land: Case Studies of Tamale and Bolgatanga in Ghana. In: Simons, RA; Malmgren, RM; Small, G, ed. Research Issues in Real Estate: Indigenous Peoples and Real Estate Valuation, American Real Estate Society (ARES) Research Monograph. New York, USA: Springer Science and Business Media LLC, 2008, pp.19–37.
  • Abdulai RT, Hammond FN. The Economic Impacts of Land Registration in the Developing World. In: African Real Estate Society Conference in Association with Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). 2008, Johannesburg, South Africa.
  • Abdulai RT, Ndekugri IE, Proverbs DG, Hammond FN. And Examination of the "Dead Capital" Thesis. In: Dauphine Real Estate Workshop. 2007, Dauphine University, Paris, France.
  • Abdulai RT, Ndekugri IE. Customary Landholding Institutions and Housing Development in Ghana: Case Studies of Kumasi and Wa. Habitat International 2007, 31(2), 257–267.
  • Abdulai RT. Insecurity of Traditional Land Tenure and Land Registration in Ghana. In: 23rd Annual Conference of American Real Estate Society (ARES). 2007, San Francisco, California, United States of America.
  • Abdulai RT, Ndekugri IE, Olomolaiye PO, Proverbs DG. Land Registration and Security of Land Tenure: Case Studies of Kumasi, Tamale, Bolgatanga and Wa. International Development Planning Review 2007, 29(4), 475–502.
  • Abdulai RT, Ndekugri IE, Olomolaiye PO. An Examination of the Operation of Traditional Landholding Institutions in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Case Study of Tamale in Ghana. In: 22nd Annual Conference of American Real Estate Society (ARES). 2006, Wyndham Casa Marina, Key West, Florida, USA.
  • Abdulai RT. Is Land Title Registration the Answer to Insecure and Uncertain Property Rights in Sub-Saharan Africa?. Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Research Paper Series 2006, 6(6), 1-27.
  • Abdulai RT, Antwi A. Insecurity and Uncertainty of Property Rights in Traditional Landholding Institutions in Urban Sub-Saharan Africa: Is Land Title Registration the Panacea?. In: Ruddock, L; Amaratunga, D; Aouad, G; Haigh, R; Kagioglou, M;Sexton, M, ed. 5th International Postgraduate Research Conference in the Built and Human Environment. Manchester, UK: Blackwell Publishing, 2005, pp.414-427.
  • Abdulai RT, Antwi A. Traditional Landholding Institutions and Individual Ownership of Land Rights in Sub-Saharan Africa. World Review of Science, Technology and Sustainable Development 2005, 2(3/4), 302–319.