Dr Neil Blake is Head of UK and EMEA Research for CBRE. Prior to joining CBRE in mid-2012 Neil has held positions of Director of Economic Analysis at Oxford Economics and Director of Economics and Forecasting at Experian Business Strategies. He has also worked for Wharton Econometrics (Global Insight) and the University of East Anglia. He holds degrees from the Universities of York and Warwick.
Neil has extensive knowledge of economic modelling and forecasting and has worked on numerous property-related projects. These include modelling international property performance for leading agents, work for the Barker Review on the economic effects of restrictions on housing supply, the RICS City Office Model, “How Much Space?” and “Retail Voids” for the BCSC and the IPF Research Foundation’s project on “Property and Inflation”, a retail strategy for the GLA, contributing to the development of investment strategies for major European property investors as well as modelling, forecasting and scenario analysis of the demand for commercial and residential space in the Middle East. Neil leads on forecasting investment performance and on strategic investment advice within the EMEA research team.
He has particular interest in the economics of big cities and developed Oxford Economics international cities and regions programme as well as co-authoring “London’s Competitive Place in the UK and World Economies” for the Corporation of London (2011) and “Realising the Full Economic Potential of London and the Core Cities” for the Core Cities and the GLA in 2005.
Neil is a member of the SPR, is an experienced public speaker (including many SPR, IPF and IPD events, has made numerous media appearances and writes a well followed monthly blog (http://aneconomistandafinancier.blogspot.co.uk/).