James Young

James Young

Director, Washington Center for Real Estate Research (WCRER)

James Young is the Director of the WCRER at the University of Washington. James has over 25 years of experience in analyzing property markets worldwide both as a consultant and as an academic with a particular emphasis on market analysis, urban economics, and housing. He has published in leading academic journals including Real Estate Economics, Urban Studies, Housing Studies, Journal of Housing Economics, and the Journal of Real Estate Research.

Most recently, James has held academic positions at the University of Auckland in New Zealand where he was a tenured Senior Lecturer (equivalent to Associate Professor) and at Cass Business School, City University London where he was a Visiting Senior Research Fellow. Originally from Arkansas, James has also established real estate databases and provided policy analysis to government agencies and professional groups worldwide. He has held board positions with the European Real Estate Society, International Real Estate Society, and Pacific Rim Real Estate Society. James is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), while his consulting activity has spanned several areas including affordable housing, corporate real estate, and real estate development.


PhD Applied Economics, University of South Australia, ABD
MBA, Michigan State University, 1989
BA (Hons) Psychology (Social), University of Arkansas, 1986
Member, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

Current Teaching

  • Real Estate Market Analysis (Undergraduate)