Richard Barkham: Global Chief Economist, CBRE Group

Richard Barkham: Global Chief Economist, CBRE Group


As CBRE’s Global Chief Economist, Dr. Barkham will work with CBRE’s senior executives to lead the development of the company’s view on global economic, financial and real estate market trends, and will focus on building the company’s reputation for thought leadership, including publishing leading-edge articles and market commentaries and speaking before industry and client groups. In addition, he will work with Dr. Axford and CBRE’s Regional Research Heads to coordinate the analytical activities of the company’s research teams around the world.

A specialist in global macroeconomics and real estate strategy, Dr. Barkham comes to CBRE from Grosvenor, a leading international investor in global real estate based in London.  Dr. Barkham has served as Grosvenor’s Group Research Director since 2006, where he has focused on real estate risk analysis, long-range forecasts, and capital allocation, supervising the work of 12 professional economists. He has also served as Non-Executive Director of Grosvenor Fund Management (GFM) since 2011, working on investment strategy, new fund development, marketing and client relations.  GFM is an international business with circa $5 billion of third party capital under management. He joined Grosvenor in 2000 as Research Director for Britain & Ireland.

Dr. Barkham is a visiting professor of Real Estate Economics at University College London.   Earlier in his career, Dr. Barkham taught at Europe’s leading real estate school, the University of Reading’s Department of Land Management. He is the author of two books – one on real estate and globalization, the other on entrepreneurship economic development – and numerous articles on real estate investment and global real estate markets.

Dr. Barkham earned his Doctorate in Economics from the University of Reading.