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Biography

Robert Helsley is Dean of UBC Sauder School of Business and Grosvenor Professor of Cities, Business Economics and Public Policy. He joined UBC Sauder School of Business as Dean on July 1, 2012.


Robert Helsley, Dean, Sauder School of Business, UBCPrior to becoming Dean, he served as Senior Associate Dean, Faculty and Research from 2002 to 2008, Director of the UBC Centre for Real Estate and Urban Economics, and Chair of the Urban Land Economics division.

A key figure in leading UBC Sauder to its current level of prominence, Helsley managed initiatives to significantly renew and expand the school’s academic staff and played a central role in the revitalization of the school’s teaching facilities on the UBC campus.

Between 2008 and 2012, before returning to UBC Sauder, Helsley served at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley as a Professor and Chair in Real Estate Development, and was the Co-chair of the Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics.

He completed an MA and PhD in Economics at Princeton University, and a BS in Economics and Mathematics at the University of Oregon. He has published widely in the areas of urban and public economics, real estate and public policy.


“Innovations that find their origins at the school are the result of individual efforts. Our role is to provide an environment of exploration and collaboration that gives the brilliant people at Sauder and our extended community the guidance, support and resources needed for success today and throughout their lives.”