Robert A. Simons, PhD                                                                           

Senior Editor

Cleveland State University
Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs


Robert A. Simons is a Professor at the Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University in Cleveland, Ohio.  He is also the faculty advisor for the Certificate Program in Real Estate Development and Finance, offered in conjunction with the Nance College of Business at CSU.  He is the former Director of the Master of Urban Planning, Design, and Development program.

At the Levin College of Urban Affairs, Dr. Simons teaches courses in real estate development, market analysis and finance, public economics, environmental finance, megacities of Asia, and PhD research methods.

During Fall 2005, Dr. Simons was a Fulbright Scholar at Wits University in Johannesburg, South Africa. He has also been a Lady Davis Scholar at the Technion (1999 and 2010-11).

Dr. Simons received his PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in City and Regional Planning, with an emphasis in real estate. He also holds a Master of Regional Planning and a Master of Science in Economics, both from U.N.C. His undergraduate degree in anthropology was earned at Colorado State University. He was a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) from 1983-2009. Dr. Simons is in the inner leadership group of the American Real Estate Society (ARES), and was program chair 2009-2010, through President 2011-2012.

Dr. Simons has published over seventy articles and book chapters on real estate, urban redevelopment, environmental damages, sustainable real estate, housing policy, and brownfields redevelopment. He authored a book entitled Turning Brownfields into Greenbacks, (published by Urban Land Institute), and When Bad Things Happen to Good Property, (published by Environmental Law Institute in 2006), and was the lead editor for an international research monograph on Indigenous Property and Valuation (2008, ARES). His fourth book titled Retired, Rehabbed, Reborn, (published by Kent State University Press in 2017) focuses on adaptive reuse of religious buildings.

He serves as Senior Editor for the Journal of Sustainable Real Estate.  Dr. Simons has an active consulting practice, and has served as an expert witness in over eighty matters related to real estate, housing markets, and environmental contamination, including over thirty depositions and several trial appearances.


Pernille H. Christensen, PhD, LEED AP, MPIA


University of Technology Sydney
Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building
School of the Built Environment

Course Director, Property Economics
Senior Lecturer, Planning and Property Development


Dr. Pernille H. Christensen is the Course Director for the Bachelor of Property Economics program at the University of Technology Sydney. She is also a Senior Lecturer in Planning and Property Development in the School of the Built Environment within the Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building at the University of Technology Sydney. Previously she taught in the Master of Real Estate and Master of City and Regional Planning programs at Clemson University in South Carolina, USA.

Her Ph.D. is from Clemson University in Planning, Design and the Built Environment. She also holds Master of City and Regional Planning and Master of Architecture degrees from Clemson University, SC and a Bachelor of Architecture from Mississippi State University, MS.

Before returning to academia, Dr. Christensen worked professionally as a Senior Loan Officer for Mid-Atlantic Financial Services in Atlanta, GA. Before moving to the finance side of real estate, she worked as an architectural designer/planner/urban designer at Niles Bolton Associates in Atlanta, GA where she worked on a variety of projects, including multi-family and student dormitory projects around the United States and new town design competitions in China. A unique focus of her projects was the inclusion of sustainability attributes at all scales of the project/development.

Dr. Christensen is a member of several industry sustainable development advisory committees. Using a multi-disciplinary approach, her research focuses on decision making related to sustainability in property and planning; specifically enhancing community resilience to flooding, heat island effect and terrorism, operational building management, and developing alternative solutions to affordable housing challenges.



Spenser Robinson, DBA


Central Michigan University                                                                            
College of Business Administration

Director of Real Estate
Associate Professor

Dr. Robinson acts as the Director of Real Estate at Central Michigan University, running the commercial real estate focused Real Estate Development Major and as an Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship mentoring students in business innovation.

Dr. Robinson’s research has been published in leading journals such as the Journal of Sustainable Real Estate, Journal of Real Estate Research, Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, The Appraisal Journal, and many more. He has written for practitioner bodies such as the CREFC. He has been awarded nationally competitive grants for leading edge sustainable real estate research, most notably with CBRE Real Green Research Challenge.

He currently serves as Co-Editor for the Journal of Sustainable Real Estate, Associate Editor for the American Journal of Business, the board of American Real Estate Society and chairs its Research committee. He is a frequent industry speaker, panelist and has served as a guest editor and ad hoc reviewer for a number of journals.



Vivek Sah, PhD                                                                            


University of Nevada, Las Vegas                                                
Lee Business School

Director of Lied Institute of Real Estate 
Associate Professor 

Dr. Vivek Sah is the Director of the Lied Institute of Real Estate and a tenured-Associate Professor of Real Estate in the Lee Business School at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Before that, he spent eight years as a faculty in the Department of Finance and Real Estate and Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate in the School of Business at the University of San Diego.

He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in real estate finance, commercial real estate investments, real estate valuation and real estate market analysis.

He got his PhD in Business Administration with a focus on Real Estate Finance and Investments from Georgia State University in 2009.

Dr. Sah’s primary research interests and focus are in the areas of REITs, and Housing. He is well published on REITs and topics in housing and his research has been published in leading real estate journals in the U.S and U.K such as Real Estate Economics, Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, Journal of Property Research, Journal of Real Estate Portfolio Management, Journal of Housing Research, Appraisal Journal and Journal of Property Investment and Finance. He regularly presents his research at various domestic and international conferences held by American Real Estate Society and American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association.


Norm Miller


Norm Miller, PhD 

Emeritus Editor 

University of San Diego                                                                       
Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate                                                                        

Norm Miller is a Professor and the Ernest W. Hahn Chair of Real Estate Finance at the University of San Diego where he has been since the fall of 2007. He has several dozen highly cited papers on sustainability, workplace trends, housing, valuation, and forecasting.  These and other publications are available for download at Dr. Miller’s personal website www.normmiller.net.

For much of his academic career he was at the University of Cincinnati as Academic and Real Estate Center Director with one year visits at DePaul University and the University of Hawaii and three years at the University of Georgia where he started his career.  He received his Ph.D. in Finance from the Ohio State University.

He is active on the Editorial Board of several national/international journals and a past President of the American Real Estate Society.  He was the founding Editor of the Journal of Sustainable Real Estate and is now Emeritus Editor.

Dr. Miller worked as V.P. of Analytics at CoStar and is a research principal with Collateral Analytics, see www.collateralanalytics.com. He is also on the advisory boards of Pathfinders, Measurabl, Surefield, and Verdani. Norm is currently a Homer Hoyt Land Use Institute Faculty and Board member, where he is involved with some premier thought leaders among academics and industry professionals in a think tank setting. See www.hoyt.org.

His book with David Geltner of MIT “Commercial Real Estate Analysis and Investment” is in its third edition and is the leading graduate real estate textbook in the world.