Gerard de Valence

I am a Senior Lecturer in the School of the Built Environment at the University of Technology Sydney, Australia. Since 2014 I have spent a month or two month each year at UCL’s Bartlett School of Construction and Project Management in London as a visiting scholar.

Prior to becoming an academic in 1992 I had ten years experience as an analyst and economist in the private sector doing research on the property, building and construction industries for the Australian Stock Exchange, the Property Council of Australia and the NSW Royal Commission into Productivity in the Building Industry. 

My long-standing interest is in industry performance and development, and I worked on industry policy in the 1990s with both the Australian Government's Construction Industry Development Agency and the NSW Department of Public Works and Services. Also for the Australian Government I was a consultant for the Department of Industry on the 1998 Building for Growth construction industry policy, and the 2002 Cole Royal Commission into the industry.

My research has broadly focused on issues around the structure, conduct and technological trajectory of the building and construction industry. As Coordinator between 2003 and 2011 of the International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB) Working Commission on Building Economics (W55) I was  involved in the largest research group in the field. 

At UTS I have been the Course Director for a series of postgraduate degrees, initially for the Master of Facility Management, followed by the Master of Property Development, which I restructured and relaunched in 2007-09. In 2016 my new Master of Real Estate Investment course commenced.