Dr William Cheung



Dr William K.S. Cheung is a Senior Lecturer in Property at the University of Auckland Business School. He obtained his PhD from The University of Hong Kong (HKU). His research primarily focuses on property markets, including understanding the roles governments and institutions can play in shaping sustainable housing markets. To complete his research agenda and to understand the role of urban real estate market dynamics in the context of the broader economy, he has adopted a uniquely transdisciplinary approach. The significant funding  from various research grants that he garnered since his arrival at the University has assured his initial success in adopting transdisciplinary approaches to understanding the role of urban property market dynamics in the context of sustainability and well-being. The roles that he is taking in the National Science Challenges (BBHTC) and other international contestable funded-research projects empower him to contribute to government policy discourses on housing policies. Prior to his PhD study, Dr Cheung served as an economist at the HKSAR Government and worked as an assistant manager in the Asia Pacific Research Department at CBRE, a globally renowned real estate company. He is a chartered surveyor at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS) and a full member of the Property Institute of New Zealand (PINZ). Having been a U.S. Fulbright scholar, Australian Endeavour fellow, Ronald Coase Institute alumnus, and having received other international accolades in recognition of his outstanding scholarship, he has been invited to review international grant proposals, organise conferences, deliver invited lectures, and serve journal editorial board.

Research | Current

  • The economics of touristification in the sharing economy
  • Residential mobility and housing subsidies
  • Housing wealth effects and housing affordability
  • Land governance, policies and administration

Teaching | Current

  • PROPERTY 261 Property Economics
  • PROPERTY 331 Advanced Property Management
  • PROPERTY 380 Property Issues and Trends (2017-19)
  • PROPERTY 755 International Property Markets
  • PROPERTY 763 Urban Economic Analysis

Postgraduate supervision

  • 2017-present Chuyi Xiong – Ph.D., Topic: "The role of housing affordability in locational preferences of key workers: A spatial mismatch perspective" (Main supervisor)
  • 2017-present Christopher Farhi – Ph.D., Topic: "Corporate real estate: the financial evidence for better offices" (Co-supervisor)
  • 2020-2021 Betty, Peiying Lin – MProp, Topic: "TUnderstanding the Ethnic Price Differential in the Housing Market" (Sole-supervisor)
  • 2019-2020 Gary, Yihan Guan – MProp, Topic: "The Costs of Construction and Housing Prices: A Full‐cost Pricing or Tendering Theory?" (Sole-supervisor)
  • 2018-2019 Joshua Lee – MProp, Topic: "The effect of sentiment on Australian commercial real estate returns: A comparison between occupiers and investors" (Sole-supervisor)


  • Business School Early Career Researcher Excellence Award 2020
  • Endeavour Research Fellowship, 2017-2018
  • Award for Outstanding Research Postgraduate, HKU 2018
  • Fulbright-Lee Hysan Hong Kong Research Scholar Award 2016-2017
  • Global Chinese Real Estate Congress 2017 Doctoral Session Travel Award 2017
  • AREUEA-ASSA Doctoral Session Travel Fund Award 2016
  • Li Po Chun Charitable Trust Fund Postgraduate Scholarship 2015-16, 2016-17 2016, 2017
  • Eric Lye Memorial Travelling Scholarship 2015-16 2016
  • The University of Hong Kong Postgraduate Fellowship 2014-2017
  • IPSA-NUS Methods School Grant Fellowship 2016
  • The Ronald Coase Institute Fellowship 2014
  • Centenary Scholarship, Faculty of Architecture, HKU 2014-2015
  • Reaching Out Award, HKSAR Government Scholarship Fund 2015
  • Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (HK) Scholarship 2014
  • Best Teaching Assistant Award, Economics Department, CUHK 2006-2007 & 2007-2008
  • The Chinese University of Hong Kong Postgraduate Fellowship 2006-2008

Committees/Professional groups/Services

University of Auckland

  • Editorial Board member of the Journal of Property Investment and Finance, 2019 - present
  • Committee member, Faculty Research Committee, 2017-2019
  • Committee member (Founding member), Early Career Researchers Committee, 2017-present
  • Conference committee, 2018 Pacific Rim Real Estate Society Conference, Auckland, New Zealand

Professional Groups/Services

  • APC Assessor, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, 2017-present
  • Full Member, Property Institute of New Zealand Inc. (MPINZ), 2018-present
  • Chartered Surveyor, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS; Chartered ID: 6362475), 2013-present
  • Member of Pacific Rim Real Estate Society (PRRES), 2017-present
  • Member of American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association (AREUEA), 2016-present
  • Honorary Fellow of The Ronald Coase Centre for Property Rights Research (RCCPRR), 2016-present
  • Graduate Visiting Researcher, Luskin School of Public Affairs, UCLA 2016-2017 
  • Affiliate, The Ronald Coase Centre for Property Rights Research (RCCPRR), HKU 2016-present 
  • Alumni, IPSA-NUS Methods School 2016 
  • Alumni, The Ronald Coase Institute (RCI) 2014

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Levy, D. S., Frethey-Bentham, C., & Cheung, W. K. S. (2020). Asymmetric framing effects and market familiarity: experimental evidence from the real estate market. JOURNAL OF PROPERTY RESEARCH, 37 (1), 85-104. 10.1080/09599916.2020.1713858
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Catherine Bentham, Deborah Levy
  • Rehm, M., Cheung, K. S., Filippova, O., & Patel, D. (2020). Stigma, risk perception and the remediation of leaky homes in New Zealand. New Zealand Economic Papers, 54 (1), 89-105. 10.1080/00779954.2019.1631878
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Michael Rehm, Olga Filippova
  • Wong, S. K., & Cheung, K. S. (2019). Housing price dispersion in the presale market. ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL STUDIES-EPS, 8 (1), 65-81. 10.1080/20954816.2019.1690267
  • Cheung, W. K. S., & Wong, S. K. (2019). Understanding governance of public land sales: an experiment from Hong Kong. REGIONAL STUDIES REGIONAL SCIENCE, 6 (1), 607-622. 10.1080/21681376.2019.1684207
  • Cheung, K. S., & Wong, S. K. (2019). Entry and exit affordability of shared equity homeownership: an international comparison. International Journal of Housing Markets and Analysis, online first10.1108/IJHMA-06-2019-0059
  • Cheung, K. S., Chan, J. T. K., & Mokkonen, P (2019). Marriage-induced homeownership as a driver of housing booms: Evidence from Hong Kong. Housing Studies, online first10.1080/02673037.2019.1632422
  • Cheung, K., & Li, LH (2019). Understanding visitor–resident relations in overtourism: developing resilience for sustainable tourism. Journal of Sustainable Tourism, online first10.1080/09669582.2019.1606815
  • Wong, S. K., Deng, K. K., & Cheung, K. S. (2018). Housing wealth effects for private and subsidized homeowners. International Journal of Housing Markets and Analysis10.1108/IJHMA-07-2017-0067

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Level 5, Room 532
New Zealand

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