The Bartlett Real Estate Institute


Global living environments post COVID - The future of cities

24 November 2020, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm

Sophie Chick webinar poster

Join us for our online winter keynote lecture with Sophie Chick, Director of World Research at Savills and BREI Chair, Professor Yolande Barnes.

This event is free.

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Join us for our winter keynote where we'll be discussing the future of cities to try and answer the popular question at the moment – are people going to leave cities? We need to focus on historic and forecast migration trends globally, affordability and house prices and how cities themselves are evolving, particularly regarding sustainable solutions and liveable structures.

COVID-19 has given us a new economic reality, what do the GDP and unemployment forecasts mean?

Sophie will focus on discussing the residential investment sectors as investors pursue a ‘beds and sheds’ strategy, as well as specifically discuss housing for both students and an ageing population.

About our keynote speaker

Sophie Chick, Director World Research, Savills

Sophie Chick is the head of department for Savills World Research team and the lead researcher on ESG in the Urban Environment. Working across all property sectors, she delivers market leading research on global real estate markets and the international forces that shape them.

In 2016, she moved to Sydney for two years, where she set up a residential research department for Savills. This role was followed by a period at Mirvac, an Australian owner and developer, which saw her working closely with the capital transaction team to best understand risks and opportunities for potential purchases and sales. Sophie began her career at Savills in 2010 in the UK residential research team.