cwProfessor Craig Watkins

Professor of Town and Regional Planning

Room number: ICOSS
Telephone: +44 (0)114 222 9780


I graduated with a BSc (Economics) from the University of Strathclyde in 1989 and, after a (very) brief period in industry, worked as a researcher in the Department of Economics at the University of Strathclyde, the Department of Land Economics at the University of Paisley and the School of Planning and Housing at Heriot-Watt University. For much of this period I also worked part time on a PhD (Land Economics) at the University of Paisley. In 1995, I was appointed to a lectureship in the Department of Land Economy at the University of Aberdeen and in 1999 was promoted to Senior Lecturer.

I joined the Department of Urban Studies and Planning in February 2004 and was promoted to Reader in September 2004.  I was Head of Department from 2011 - 2013. I am currently also Faculty Director of Research & Innovation for the Faculty of Social Sciences.


My current and recent research focuses on the structure and operation of property markets, particularly local housing systems, and the impact of public policy on real estate market performance. This research addresses theoretical and empirical issues and is generally, although not exclusively, located within a quantitative economic framework. There are four main sub-themes to this work:

  • Analysing the submarket structure and operation of local property markets. 
  • Measuring and modelling property market performance. 
  • Exploring the interaction between planning, public policy and property market behaviour. 
  • Methodological advances in property research.

Current and Recent Projects


I teach on the following modules:

PhD supervision

I am Primary Supervisor for the following PhD students:

  • Rami Shamseen, Decentralisation and the growth of core cities
  • Chan-Woo Kim, Commercial real estate rental markets in Europe


Journal articles

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