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Dr Nicole Johnston



Senior Lecturer


Faculty of Business and Law


Deakin Business School


Melbourne Burwood Campus


Doctor of Philosophy, Griffith University, 2017
Graduate Certificate of Higher Ed. Learning & Teaching, Deakin University, 2017
Master of Criminology & Criminal Justice, Griffith University, 2009
Bachelor of Law(s) (Honours), Griffith University, 2005
Bachelor of Arts (Criminology & Criminal Justice/Psychology), University of Queensland, 1998



Dr Nicole Johnston is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Finance in Deakin Business School. Nicole is a socio-legal researcher focusing on multiple aspects of multi-owned properties (strata title, condominium, apartments) including governance, conflicts of interest and legal relationships.

She completed her PhD, Master of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Law (Honours) from Griffith University. Nicole also finished her Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice/Psychology from the University of Queensland. 

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Research interests

  • Strata and Community Title Law and Management
  • Body Corporate Governance and Conflicts of Interest


  • Affilitate Member, Strata Communities Australia (VIC).
  • Member, International Academic Association on Planning, Law and Property Rights.
  • Academic Member, Australian College of Strata Lawyers

Teaching interests

  • Property Law

Units taught

  • MMP212 - Property Investment
  • MMP121 - Property Law and Practice
  • MMP721 - Property and Real Estate Law
  • MMP111 - Introduction to Property


  • Johnston, N (2013), Transitioning Residential Multi-Owned Developments: Conflicts of Interest Arising, paper presented at the 7th International Conference for Gated Communities: Private Urban Governance, June 27th  2013, Brighton University, England.
  • Johnston, N., Guilding, G. and Reid, S (2012), Examining Developer Actions that Embed Protracted Conflict in Staged Residential Multi-Owned Developments, paper presented at the Pacific Rim Real Estate conference, 15-17th January 2012.
  • Reid, S., Ruhanen, L., Davidson, M. and Johnston N (2010), Legal Basis for Tourism Planning: The Australian Case, paper presented at the ISTTE conference, 18-22nd October 2011.

Professional activities

Media appearances

  • VCAT president slams the ability of developers to control bodies corporate as ‘an abuse’, Domain, Australia, 2017.

Research groups


  • Australian College of Community Association Lawyers (ACCAL) Scholarship Award, 2012.


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Law Reform Challenges: an evaluation of Australia's strata law trends and implications

Nicole Johnston

(2021), pp. 179-196, Condominium Governance and Law in Global Urban Context, London, Eng., B1

book chapter

Microvillage: assessing the viability of increasing supply of affordable, sustainable and socially integrated small homes

R Tucker, U de Jong, L Johnson, N Johnston, A Lee, F Michaux, E Warner, F Andrews

(2021), pp. 1-23, Housing Studies, Abingdon, England, C1

journal article

Microvillage Geelong Project: Exploring the Viability of Affordable Compact Homes for People Seeking Sustainable and Socially Integrated Lives

Richard Tucker, Ursula De Jong, Louise Johnson, Nicole Johnston, Adrian Lee, Fabienne Michaux, Elyse Warner, Fiona Andrews

(2021), Geelong, Vic., A6

research report/technical paper

A data-driven holistic understanding of strata insurance in Australia and New Zealand

Nicole Johnston

(2021), Geelong, Vic., A6

research report/technical paper

An examination of building defects in residential multi-owned properties

Nicole Johnston, Sacha Reid

(2019), [Melbourne, Vic.], A6

research report/technical paper

Impediments to effective strata governance

N Johnston, E Too

(2018), pp. 65-82, Multi-owned property in the Asia-Pacific region: rights, restrictions and responsibilities, London, Eng., B1

book chapter

Gatekeeping information in the multi-owned property environment: stymieing buyers' rights to discover and decide

N Johnston, R Leshinsky

(2018), Vol. 36, pp. 506-520, Property management, Bingley, Eng., C1

journal article

Coastal resorts setting the pace: an evaluation of sustainable hotel practices

S Reid, N Johnston, A Patiar

(2017), Vol. 33, pp. 11-22, Journal of hospitality and tourism management, Cambridge, Eng., C1

journal article

Multi-owned properties in Australia: a governance typology of issues and outcomes

N Johnston, E Too

(2015), Vol. 8, pp. 451-470, International journal of housing markets and analysis, C1

journal article

Cooling off and backing out: understanding consumer decisions to rescind a product purchase

B Sparks, G Bradley, G Jennings, N Johnston

(2014), Vol. 67, pp. 2903-2910, Journal of business research, New York, N. Y., C1-1

journal article

How property title impacts urban consolidation: A life cycle examination of multi-title developments

H Easthope, J Warnken, C Sherry, E Coiacetto, D Dredge, C Guilding, N Johnston, D Lamminmaki, S Reid

(2014), Vol. 32, pp. 289-304, Urban policy and research, Melbourne, Vic, C1

journal article

Multi-owned developments : a life cycle review of a developing research area

N Johnston, S Reid

(2013), Vol. 31, pp. 366-388, Property management, Bingley, England, C1-1

journal article

Awarding sustainable Asia-Pacific hotel practices : rewarding innovative practices or open rhetoric?

D Weaver, M Davidson, L Lawton, A Patiar, S Reid, N Johnston

(2013), Vol. 38, pp. 15-28, Tourism recreation research, Lucknow, India, C1-1

journal article

Untangling the "messy" legislative basis of tourism development planning : five cases from Australia

S Reid, L Ruhanen, N Johnston

(2012), Vol. 23, pp. 413-428, Anatolia : an international journal of tourism and hospitality research, Abingdon, England, C1-1

journal article

Examining developer actions that embed protracted conflict and dysfunctionality in staged multi-owned residential schemes

N Johnston, C Guilding, S Reid

(2012), pp. 1-13, PRRES 2012 : Proceedings of the Pacific Rim Real Estate Society 2012 annual conference, Adelaide, S. A., E1-1


Funded Projects at Deakin

Other Public Sector Funding

Fire suppression risks in residential multi-owned properties

Dr Nicole Johnston

  • 2022: $15,000

Industry and Other Funding

Residential Building Compliance: Understanding the Risks and Harms to Communities.

Dr Nicole Johnston, A/Prof Edward Podolski, A/Prof Sacha Reid

  • 2018: $50,000

Micro-village Phase 1

Prof Richard Tucker, Dr Fiona Andrews, Prof Louise Johnson, Dr Nicole Johnston, A/Prof Ursula De Jong, Ms Fab Michaux, A/Prof Mirjana Lozanovska

  • 2019: $50,000

Fire suppression risks in residential multi-owned properties

Dr Nicole Johnston

  • 2022: $5,000
  • 2021: $5,000

Pathways to compliance and professionalism in the strata manager industry.

Dr Nicole Johnston

  • 2021: $15,000

Evaluating the impacts of lifecycle construction quality characteristics on the health and safety of apartment residents.

Dr Nicole Johnston

  • 2021: $8,181


No completed student supervisions to report