Welcome to volume 6, issue 1 of the Journal of African Real Estate Research (JARER). The idea for the special issue; Women in African Real Estate and Urban Development Research to showcase the work of female African authors arose from the editors’ discussion of the lack of female representation on the editorial board and in the journal’s pages at the 2019 AfRES meeting. The International Real Estate Society would recruit women worldwide to participate in the effort. A team of one African and one American female researcher took on the editorial task. A cadre of female researchers from sister societies volunteered to serve as mentors. Others agreed to supplement the JARER editorial board to provide extensive double blind peer reviews.

Of the 15 manuscripts with lead female author submitted, seven were eventually accepted and appear in this issue. They represent research from Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, and other African countries on property topics ranging across physical construction, urban policy, and legal issues. The scholarship focuses variously on gender-specific and general development concerns.


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Author Biographies

Karen Gibler, Georgia State University

 Dr. Gibler is Associate Professor Emerita in Real Estate at Georgia State University.  She also holds an appointment as Visiting Professor at the University of the Witwatersrand.  Dr. Gibler has served as the International Real Estate Society’s Executive Director since 2013.  Her research specializations are the effect of aging populations on housing markets and corporate real estate management Dr. Gibler is a former editor of the Journal of Corporate Real Estate and has served on several editorial boards, including Journal of European Real Estate Research, Journal of Real Estate Research, and Journal of Real Estate Literature.  Her work has appeared in journals such as Urban Studies, Journal of Real Estate Research, Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, Real Estate Economics, Journal of Housing Economics, Housing Studies, Journal of Housing and the Built Environment and Journal of Property Research.  She holds both an MBA and a MS in Planning as well as a PhD in Business with a major in Real Estate.

Geci Karuri-Sebina, University of the Witwatersrand

Dr. Karuri-Sebina is a Visiting Associate Professor at the Wits School of Governance, and also holds associations with the University of Cape Town’s African Centre for Cities and the South African Cities Network. Her current research interests are in the futures of cities, innovation systems and digital governance in Africa. Dr Karuri-Sebina is Associate Editor of the African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development;  Africa Regional Editor of foresight, the Journal of Future Studies, Strategic Thinking and Policy; and is on the editorial board of The African Journal of Information and Communication. She holds Bachelors’ degrees in Computer Science and Sociology (Iowa); Masters’ degrees in Architecture and Urban Planning from UCLA (Los Angeles); and a PhD in planning and innovation systems from the University of Witwatersrand (Johannesburg).




How to Cite

Gibler, K., & Karuri-Sebina, G. (2021). Editorial. Journal of African Real Estate Research, 6(1), iv-v. https://doi.org/10.15641/jarer.v6i1.1088