Dr. Neil Blake has direct responsibility for the UK and pan-EMEA research teams based in London and also coordinates the research output of the 24 country research team’s across the EMEA region. He also leads on the development of CBRE’s economic and real estate performance outlook in EMEA as well as being closely involved with the co-ordination of CBRE’s global outlook.
Neil joined CBRE from Oxford Economics, the economic forecasting consultancy, in 2012 where he was Director of Economic Analysis and had primary responsibility for the analysis of international cities and regional services, commercial property, housing and retail markets, as well as global macroeconomic and financial sector analysis. Prior to joining Oxford Economics in 2008, Dr Blake was a founding director of Business Strategies Limited, which became part of Experian in 2002
Neil has extensive knowledge of economic modelling and forecasting particularly with regards to real estate related applications. These include modelling international property returns for leading agents, assessing the property market impact of a Eurozone breakup, work for the Barker Review on the economic effects of restrictions on housing supply, work for the European Commission on the cause of bubbles in the housing market, 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”, contributing to the development of an investment strategy for major investors as well as modelling the link between economic development and the demand for commercial and residential space in the Middle East.
Neil is a member of a number of industry bodies and a frequent speaker at industry events as well as being a regular media spokesman for CBRE.