Bryan is a Vice-Principal at the University of Aberdeen. Since November 2016, he has been Executive Dean of the Business School and, since 2015, he has been the Vice-Principal for Research. From 2011-16, he was the Head of the College of Physical Sciences. From 2007-10, he oversaw the University’s Curriculum Reform project from its initiation to the arrival of the first students under the new curriculum. Prior to that, from 2003-8, he was Head of the College of Arts and Social Sciences.
Bryan has held the MacRobert Chair in Land Economy since 1990. Previously, he worked as a research manager for Prudential Portfolio Managers in London, for the Universities of Reading and Glasgow and for the Scottish Office Central Research Unit. He also jointly ran a company offering property investment strategy advice and has acted a consultant in the area.
He holds degrees in mathematics (Edinburgh), environmental planning (Heriot-Watt) and land economy (Cambridge). He is professionally qualified as both a chartered surveyor and as a planner.
His main research interests are in property investment and property economics. He is the co-author of standard textbooks in both areas. His recent and current publications have been mainly on the econometric modelling of property markets, including rents, cap rates and returns. He has been editor of the Journal of Property Research since 1991. He is currently co-editing a Real Estate Handbook for Taylor and Francis.