About us

Multi-owned Properties Research Incorporated is a not-for-profit association founded 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. The founding group includes:

Nicole Johnston 

PhD, MCrim, LLB (Hons), BA, GCHELT

Chairperson

Dr Nicole Johnston is an admitted Legal Practitioner and Academic at Deakin University. She is the Director of Industry Engagement for the Department of Finance and teaches property law within the Deakin Business School. Prior to entering academia, Nicole worked as a Property Lawyer in mid and top tier firms. She is a socio-legal researcher focusing on multiple aspects of multi-owned properties including governance, conflicts of interest and legal relationships. Nicole is Chair of the International Research Forum on Multi-owned Properties and Committee Chair of a large community title scheme.

Hazel Easthope 

PhD, BA (Hons)

Secretary

Dr Hazel Easthope is an Associate Professor and Scientia Fellow at the City Futures Research Centre at UNSW Sydney. Hazel has been working in the area of housing and urban research for 15 years. In the 10 years since she joined City Futures, Hazel’s research has focused on strata title and apartment living. She has received awards from the Planning Institute of Australia and Strata Community Australia (NSW) for her research on strata title.

Sacha Reid

PhD, BBus (Hons), GCert Higher Ed

Treasurer

Dr Sacha Reid is the Chair of the Griffith University Strata Title Conference and the Higher Degree Research Convenor within the Department of Tourism, Sport and Hotel Management. She teaches into the Real Estate and Property Development major within the Griffith Business School. Prior to this role she was the Foundation Research Director for DTZ (Queensland). Her research interests focus around the sociological aspects of vertical communities and urban regeneration. Specifically, developing sense of community and liveability, and the influence of crime and guardianship in multi-owned properties.

Amanda Farmer 

LLB (Hons), BA

Committee Member

Amanda Farmer is the owner of Lawyers Chambers on Riley, a boutique strata specialist legal firm in Darlinghurst, NSW. Amanda is a Fellow and sits on the Council of the Australian College of Community Association Lawyers. With over 14 years’ experience in the sector, Amanda’s passion for educating strata owners led to her podcast: “Your Strata Property”, launched in 2016. Amanda interviews experts in community living from around the world. The podcast has expanded to include an online membership community for owners and managers seeking reliable information and resources for community living. Amanda is also the founder of “Women in Strata”, a networking group for women working in strata management.

Cathy Sherry

PhD, LLB (Hons), BA

Committee Member

Dr Cathy Sherry is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law at UNSW Sydney. She is a leading Australian expert on strata and community title, providing advice to government and the private sector. Cathy’s book Strata Title Property Rights: Private governance of multi-owned properties (Routledge UK, 2017), is the first extended legal analysis of strata title in Australia. She is an Academic Fellow of the specialist strata title lawyers’ organisation, the Australian College of Community Association Lawyers (ACCAL), and her postgraduate course, Strata and Community Title Law, LAWS8115, is the approved accreditation for membership of ACCAL. Cathy was a founding and General Editor of the international property journal, Property Law Review.  In 2017, she was named Academic of the Year at the national Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Awards.