Associate Professor Francois Viruly
Francois Viruly is a property economist with over twenty years of experience in advising public as well as private entities. His research interests are in the fields of Urban Land Economics, Property Finance and Portfolio Management. He held the position of Chief Economist at the Chamber of Mines, Acting Head of Department in the Department of Construction Economics and Management at the University of the Witwatersrand and in 2011 was appointed as Associate Professor at the University of Cape Town. He is a regular industry speaker, and delivers courses for the South African Property Owner’s Association (SAPOA). He is a past president of the African Real Estate Society and is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyor’s (RICS). He has recently been appointed onto the RICS Sub-Saharan Africa Market Advisory Panel.
Associate Professor Kathy Michell
Kathy Michell is a quantity surveyor and facilities manager and has been on the full time academic staff at the University of Cape Town since 1995. She has a masters degree in cost engineering from the University of Cape Town and a doctorate in urban facilities management from the University of Salford. In addition, she lectures and co-supervises at the masters level on strategic asset and facilities management at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and assists the Centre for Higher Education Research Teaching and Learning (CHERTL) at Rhodes University in facilitating the Strengthening Postgraduate Supervision course at Universities in South Africa. Her research focus is in corporate real estate and urban development and management. She serves on the editorial board and is the regional editor (Africa) for the Journal of Facilities Management. She is the current President of the South African Council for the Quantity Surveying Profession and serves as a Council Member on the Council for the Built Environment.
Rob McGaffin is a town planner and land economist. He has worked as town planner with the City of Cape Town and the Gauteng Department of Economic Development and has worked in property finance at several financial institutions. As a Mistra Urban Futures Researcher with the African Centre for Cities, he assisted the City of Cape Town in developing the Economic Areas Management Programme – ECAMP. He currently lectures in the Department of Construction Economics and Management at the University of Cape Town and is a member of the UCT - Nedbank Urban Real Estate Research Unit. In addition, he is the course director for the Housing Finance Couse for Sub-Saharan Africa run in partnership with the University of Cape Town, the Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania and the Centre for Affordable Housing Finance in Africa. He registered for a PhD at the University of Cape Town where he is researching where and why the economic sectors in Cape Town locate where they do.
Luke Boyle is an early-career urbanist with a focus on development issues in cities of the Global South. Luke holds a Masters of Philosophy in Urban Management and Sustainability for which his dissertation on developing a sustainable urban development framework for South African cities earned him the prestigious Joseph Arenow award from the University of Cape Town.
Luke has been involved in a number of pioneering urban research projects spanning multiple disciplines and is currently URERU's full-time researcher. Luke is also the manager of the Journal of African Real Estate Research, a peer-reviewed publication that showcases the work of emerging African academics. The journal strives to advance the real estate research community in Africa and facilitate dialogue between researchers engaged on research into real estate issues on the continent.
Outside of the office Luke is an avid surfer and hiker and spends most of his free time outdoors in some of the more secluded spots along the peninsula.