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Ernest Koduah Adu

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  • International developers in local real estate markets: A qualitative case study of cross-border real estate development in Ghana

Ernest is a doctoral researcher at the Real Estate & Planning department of Henley Business School, conducting research broadly in the area of cross-border real estate development.

Ernest's research focuses on unravelling the key socio-economic metrics and the activities of various institutions, agents, networks etc. that influence the decision-making and development processes of commercial real estate in emerging markets, with a particular focus on Sub-Saharan African markets.

A professional member of the Ghana Institution of Surveyors, he has wide-ranging background and interests in the real estate industry. In private consultancy as well as in employment, Ernest has consulted for a number of financial institutions, real estate developers, corporate organizations and private individuals in Ghana on areas including property & asset valuations, real estate development & investment appraisals, market analytics and general real estate advisory.

His keen interests in academia have also seen him take previous lecturing stints at KAAF University College, a private tertiary institution in Ghana and previously served as a Teaching & Research Assistant at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Ghana.

Areas of academic interest

Real Estate Development & Investment; Property Valuation; Investment Appraisal; International Real Estate Markets; Housing Policy & Finance; Urban Land Economics


  • MSc Development Administration and Planning – University College London (UCL), UK (2013)
  • BSc Land Economy – Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Ghana (2011)
  • Certificate in Intermediate Microeconomics – London School of Economics Summer School, UK (2018)
  • Member – Ghana Institution of Surveyors, GhIS (2017)

Research grants

Henley Business School PhD Studentship 2019 - Real Estate & Planning

Peter Byrne Research Excellence Fund 2021 (Fieldwork) - Reading Real Estate Foundation


Commonwealth Shared Scholar, 2012/2013 - University College London (UCL)