Professor Deborah Susan Levy


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Head of Department


My career which started in the property industry where I worked for Standard Life Assurance Company in Edinburgh,Scotland. Since that time I have worked at the University of Auckland, my experience working in the industry has ensured a focuson developing productive external relationships . I have held key leadership roles in the Department of Property over the past 15 years and since 2008 I have been Head of the Department and in this role I have successfully continued to raise the excellence in research and to strengthen innovative and effective teaching to a level commended regularly by international reviewers.

I am internationally recognised for my research in behavioural studies relating to property market behaviour which has been informed by previous work experience as a property professional and by my continued close association with the property industry.  

Research | Current

  • Valuation quality
  • The private entrepreneur and small town regeneration
  • Meaning of home
  • Financialisation of home
  • Framing effects

Teaching | Current

PROP 221 - Property Marketing

PROP 723 - Property Market Behaviour

Postgraduate supervision

I am currently main supervisor for 2 PhDs


Bachelor of Land Economy (University of Aberdeen)

Master of Property Administration (University of Auckland)

PhD (University of Auckland)

Professor of Property, University of Auckland

Fellow of the Property Institute of New Zealand

Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

Lifetime Achievement Award Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors


Head of Department of Property

Areas of expertise

Qualitative research

Property behavioural studies

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Levy, D., Perkins, H. C., & Ge, D. (2019). Improving the management of common property in multi-owned residential buildings: lessons from Auckland, New Zealand. HOUSING STUDIES10.1080/02673037.2018.1563672
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Harvey Perkins
  • Chukwudumogu, I. C., Levy, D., & Perkins, H. (2019). The influence of sentiments on property owners in post-disaster rebuild A case study of Christchurch, New Zealand. PROPERTY MANAGEMENT, 37 (2), 243-261. 10.1108/PM-04-2018-0031
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Harvey Perkins
  • Dunning, R., Levy, D., Watkins, C., & Young, G. (2018). Technological change and estate agents’ practices in the changing nature of housing transactions. Housing Studies, 1-19. 10.1080/02673037.2018.1487041
  • Horan, J., Levy, D. S., & Perkins, H. (6/4/2017). Where ‘financialization hits the ground’…: The Auckland Housing Market, second homes, and the illusions implicated in price as value. Poster presented at Society for Economic Anthropology Annual conference 2017, Iowa City, USA.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Harvey Perkins
  • Levy, D. S., Horan, J., & Perkins, H. (2017). The New Zealand: Holiday home or financial resource?. Paper presented at Australasian Housing Researchers Conference 2017, Melbourne, Australia. 15 February - 17 February 2017.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Harvey Perkins
  • Horan, J., Levy, D. S., & Perkins, H. (2016). Where 'financialisation hits the ground': The Auckland housing market, second homes and the mechanics of value as price. Paper presented at Australian Anthropological Society 2016 Conference: AnthropoceneTransitions, Sydney, Australia. 12 December - 15 December 2016.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Harvey Perkins
  • Lee, C. K. C., Yap, C. S. F., & Levy, D. S. (2016). Place identity and sustainable consumption: Implications for social marketing. Journal of Strategic Marketing, 24 (7), 578-593. 10.1080/0965254X.2016.1148758
  • Levy, D., & Hills, R. (2016). An investigation into the perception and preparedness of property owners for the NABERSNZ rating process (EECA report).

Contact details

Primary office location

Level 5, Room 530
New Zealand