International Research Forum on Multi-owned Properties 2019

Deakin Business School and the University of Stellenbosch are proudly co-hosting the International Research Forum on Multi-owned Properties. We can now confirm the date and location of the 2019 Forum, to be held at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa.

Thursday 17 January – Friday 18 January 2019
University of Stellenbosch, South Africa

Event details

The forum brings together Australasian and international academics and researchers to share their knowledge and research on multi-owned properties (strata title, unit title, high rise, subdivisions with owners' corporations, private housing estates, condominiums, common interest developments, homeowner associations and other similarly structured properties).

Discipline and field of research areas may include, but are not limited to: Planning, Geography, Law / policy, Sociology, Built environment, Architecture, Construction studies, Tourism studies, Property and real estate studies, Economics, Social science, Environmental science, Management, Design.

For more information, please contact forum chair, Dr Nicole Johnston.

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Next year's forum will include three highly regarded presenters:

Sarah Blandy
Professor in Law
University of Sheffield

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Sarah Blandy is Professor of Law at the University of Sheffield.  Her research is interdisciplinary and empirical, currently focusing on the law, theory and practice of collectively owning, managing and sharing space. She has published widely on the socio-legal aspects of property law. Relevant publications include ‘The Dynamics of Enduring Property Relationships in Land’, Modern Law Review (with Susan Bright and Sarah Nield, 2018); Domestic Fortress: Fear and the new home front (with Rowland Atkinson, 2016); Researching Property Law (with Susan Bright, 2015), ‘Collective Property: Owning and Sharing Residential Space’ (Modern Studies in Property Law, 2013), and Multi-owned Housing: Law, Power and Practice (with Ann Dupuis and Jennifer Dixon, 2010).

Douglas C. Harris, PhD, LLB
Professor and Nathan T. Nemetz, Chair in Legal History
The University of British Columbia, Peter A. Allard School of Law

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Douglas Harris writes and teaches in the areas of property law and legal history. His current work focuses on condominium property law and the impact of this structure of land ownership on urban landscapes and on ideas and understandings of ownership.  Harris is the author of two books and numerous articles on diverse subjects, including the regulation of the Aboriginal fisheries, the operation of title registration systems, the development of takings law, and the interpretation of Aboriginal and treaty rights. He received the Allard Law School’s teaching award in 2013 and its Faculty Scholar Award for service in 2016.

Adriana Mihaela, PhD, MSc, BArch/MArch
Research Associate (University Studies)
University of Glasgow

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Adriana joined the UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence and Urban Studies of the University of Glasgow in 2017. Previously she worked at Tilburg University (Netherlands) and the University of St Andrews (United Kingdom).

Following her PhD at King’s College London, Adriana has published on housing problems and resident responses in Romanian communist flats (privatised on the Condominium legislative model). In particular, she explored aspects of management, the lived experience of overcrowding, meanings of home as well as the advent of ‘participatory planning’ as resistance to processes of further densification of these already dense communist neighbourhoods. Most recently she has explored the symbolic division between the old ‘communist neighbourhoods’ and new ‘residential estates’, which she would like to develop further.

Adriana has been a chartered Romanian Architect and Planner for 30 years, having developed a large portfolio of residential projects. Shortly before the fall of communism, she was involved in designing the ‘last generation’ of communist flats. After that her practice was commissioned for the refurbishment of individual flats by homeowners, the upgrading of whole structures by the municipality and, after 2000, the construction of new condominiums by developers. Her professional experience, and in particular the encounters with the people she was designing for, has aroused Adriana’s fascination with the multiplicity of meanings attached to housing.


Registration includes: attendance to all sessions, morning and afternoon tea, lunch and forum dinner.

All prices are listed in in Australian Dollars:

Standard conference registration: $480 (including GST)
Postgraduate student registration: $260 (including GST)
Additional dinner ticket: $100 (including GST)

Cancellation of registration must be made in writing to the conference Chair. Fees paid will be refunded as follows:
- Cancellation on or before December 20, full payment less administration fee of $60.
- Cancellation after December 20, no refund.

Registrations are transferable to a colleague at any time prior to the conference, provided the conference Chair is advised in writing.

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Call for abstracts

We invite researchers to submit an abstract to the forum in any discipline or field of research relating to multi-owned properties. Abstracts should be between 800 and 1000 words. For empirical based studies the abstract should include the research focus, methods, results/findings and main conclusions and/or recommendations.

Due to the nature of the forum and the diversity of the audience, it is important that presenters contextualise the research for an international audience of both academics and industry. Please ensure that you provide a brief overview of multi-owned properties in your country or jurisdiction and clearly explain any terms or jargon that is specific to your jurisdiction or discipline area.

Abstract deadline: Monday 24 September 2018
Abstract acceptance: Monday 29 October 2018

Acceptance of abstracts will constitute confirmation that the delegate will be scheduled in event's agenda as a forum presenter.

Please submit your abstract and or proposed research to the forum committee.

Postgraduate Travel Scholarship

UNSW Sydney is pleased to sponsor ($2500 AUD)  the first postgraduate travel scholarship to attend this important research forum.

The forum brings together academics and researchers across disciplines to share their knowledge and research on multi-owned properties (such as condominium, strata title, common-interest developments and home owners associations).

The scholarship will be awarded to the best research paper submitted by a postgraduate student.

How to apply

  • Submit your abstract to Associate Professor Hazel Easthope via email by Monday 24 September
  • On approval of your abstract, submit your full paper via email along with evidence of your current (or recent) enrolment in a research degree (see below for detail), by Friday 26 October
  • Your paper will then be assessed by two acedemic members of the conference organising committee who will notify you of the outcome by Friday 9 November.

The fine print

  • The scholarship must be spent on costs associated with attending the forum (airfares, transfers, accommodation and living expenses)
  • Applicants must be currently enrolled (full or part-time) at a university in either a masters by research or PhD by research degree, or have submitted their final dissertation for examination within 12 months prior to Friday 26 October.

Further information

Forum organising committee

Dr Nicole Johnston, Department of Finance, Deakin Business School
Dr Hazel Easthope, City Futures Research Centre, UNSW
Amanda Farmer, Lawyers Chambers on Riley
Dr Sacha Reid, Faculty of Business and Law, Griffith University

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The Multi-owned Properties Research Hub is an exciting new online platform for multi owned properties research. Papers have been submitted by academics, researchers and other sector professionals from around the globe.  The hub was developed by a group of academics and lawyers who saw a need to collate and share research on multi-owned properties across institutional and geographic boundaries. With more people living in multi-owned properties than ever before, governments, practitioners and residents need access to reliable research and opportunities to engage with experts across multiple disciplines. Sign up to the newsletter on the site to receive new research insights and articles recently uploaded to the hub.