+44 (0)131 451 4628
Room 1.21
William Arrol Building
Heriot-Watt University
Colin Jones

Research interests cover:

  • Commercial and Industrial Property Markets
  • Housing Market Economics
  • Economics of Housing Policy
  • Urban Economics and Policy
  • Urban Sustainability

Research has been supported by EPSRC, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Scottish Parliament, Department of Communities and Local Government, National Housing and Planning Advice Unit and others.

Selected publications

(with J B Parr) “City Size Distributions and Urban Density Functions: Some Inter Relationships”, Journal of Regional Science, Vol 23 No 3, 1983.

(with D Maclennan) "Building Societies and Credit Rationing: An Empirical Examination of Redlining", Urban Studies, Vol 24 No 3, 1987.

(with C Watkins) “Urban Regeneration and Sustainable Markets”, Urban Studies, Vol 33 No 7, 1996.

“Urban Regeneration, Property Development and the Land Market”, Environment and Planning Series C, Vol 14, 1996.

(with N Dunse) “The Existence of Office Submarkets in Cities” Journal of Property Research, Vol 19 No 2, 2002.

(with C Leishman and C Watkins) “Structural Change in a Local Urban Housing Market”, Environment and Planning A, Vol 35, 2003.

(with A M Orr) “Spatial Economic Change and Long Term Urban Office Rent Trends”, Regional Studies, Vol 38 No 4, 2004.

(with N Dunse and D Martin) “The Nature and Structure of Spatial Industrial Property Markets”, Land Use Policy, Vol 22, 2005.

(with N Dunse) “Rental Depreciation, Obsolescence and Location: the case of industrial properties”, Journal of Property Research, Vol 23 No 2-3, 2005.

(with C Leishman and A M Orr) “The Revaluation of Council Tax Bands - more than rearranging the deck chairs”, Policy & Politics, Vol 34 No 2, 2006.

(with C Leishman and A M Orr) "The Potential Impact of Reforms to the Essential Parameters of the Council Tax", Fiscal Studies, Vol 27, 2, 2006.

“Verdict on British Enterprise Zone Experiment”, International Planning Studies, Vol 11 No 2, 2006.

“Private Investment in Rented Housing and the Role of REITS”, European Journal of Housing Policy, Vol 7 No 4, 2007.

(with N Dunse, M White, E Trevillion and L Wang) “Modelling Urban Commercial Property Yields: Exogenous and Endogenous Influences” Journal of Property Research, Vol 25 No 4, 2007.

(with C Leishman and C MacDonald) “Sustainable Urban Form and Residential Development Viability”, Environment and Planning A, Vol 41 7, 2009.

(with H Pawson) “Best Value, Cost Effectiveness and Local Housing Policies” Policy Studies, Vol 30 No 4, 2009.

“Remaking the Monopoly Board: Urban Economic Change and Property Investment”, Urban Studies, Vol 46 No 11, 2009.

“The Rise and Fall of the High Street Shop as an Investment Class”, Journal of Property Investment and Finance, Vol 28 No 4, 2010.

(with K Hulse and H Pawson) “Tenurial ‘Competition', Tenure Dynamics and the Private Rented Sector: An International Reappraisal”, Journal of European Real Estate Research, Vol 3 No 2, 2010.

(with M Coombes and C Wong) “A System of National Tiered Housing Market Areas and Spatial Planning”, Environment and Planning B, forthcoming.


(with A Murie) The Right to Buy, Blackwell, Oxford, 2006.

(with C Watkins) Housing Markets and Planning Policy, Wiley-Blackwell, 2009.

(with M Jenks) (editors) Dimensions of the Sustainable City, Springer, 2010.

  • Professor at Heriot-Watt University since 1998.
  • Formerly worked at the Universities of Manchester, Glasgow and the West of Scotland.
  • Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Property Research.
  • Trustee of Shelter 1990-2007.