Sacha Reid


Institution/Organisation: Griffith University
Position: Associate Professor
Biographical Information: Sacha joined Griffith University from industry, having previously established the research capacity for DTZ Australia in their Brisbane office as their Research Director. Her current research specialises in sociocultural elements and challenges of high rise living, particularly in communities undergoing urban transformation. As well as this, she has been developing research streams around building non-compliance in multi-owned properties and the influence of foreign investment in direct property assets. She was also the recipient of the 2017 Pro Vice Chancellor's Research Excellence award for High Impact Applied Research.

She is the Chair of the Griffith University Strata Title Conference held biannually, a leading national industry conference for the Strata and Community Title stakeholders.


Authored/ Co-authored Research

Title: Risky facilities: Analysis of crime concentration in high-rise buildings

Funders: Criminology Research Council

Author/Co-authors: Sacha Reid, Michael Townsley, Danielle Reynald, John Rynne

Keywords: Building management, Law, Planning, Policy,

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This is the trends and issues paper derived from the larger project on Crime in High Rise Buildings project. The research investigated crime hotspots within the Surfers Paradise, Australia suburb which is dominated by high density and a mix of holiday and residential tenure types. By analysing actual rates and types of crime, guardianship levels, building management styles and perceptions of fear of crime, the research reveals how planning policies and high-rise building management styles can coalesce to create safer vertical communities.

Title: How property title impacts urban consolidation: a lifecycle examination of multi-title developments

Published: Urban Policy and Research; v. 32; no. 3; pp. 289 – 304; 1476-7244 (ISSN)

This paper has been peer reviewed

Author/Co-authors: Hazel Easthope, Cathy Sherry, Nicole Johnston, Sacha Reid, Jan Warnken, Eddo Coiacetto, Diane Dredge, Chris Guilding, Dawne Lamminmaki

Keywords: Building management, Developer handover, Development, Redevelopment / termination,

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This article employs a life cycle framework to examine the profound operational and governance challenges that are associated with the fusion of private lot ownership with common property ownership. The article calls for a more explicit recognition of these challenges by academics, policymakers, practitioners and the broader community.

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

Published: Property Management, Vol. 31 Issue: 5

Author/Co-authors: Nicole Johnston, Sacha Reid


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The purpose of this paper is to highlight the international significance of multi-owned developments, present an MOD life cycle conceptual model and review the range of identified peer-reviewed empirical research papers. The paper utilises an exploratory qualitative methodology to collate and analyse literature focusing on MODs. From the 403 research papers identified 96 peer-reviewed empirical research papers specific to MODs were examined. A MOD life cycle model has been conceptualised to facilitate a content analysis of the reviewed papers. The findings of this paper highlights the gaps

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

Published: Proceedings of the Pacific Rim Real Estate Society 2012 annual conference

Author/Co-authors: Nicole Johnston, Sacha Reid, Chris Guilding

Keywords: Developer control, Developer handover, Governance, Qualitative research/interviews,

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Anecdotal evidence suggests that if inappropriate decisions are made by developers in the initial establishment phase of multi-owned residential schemes, conflict and long-term dysfunctionalism for the eventual owners result. This paper maps out practises commonly utilised by developers in establishing staged, multi-owned residential developments and the consequences that these practises can have on a scheme in the short and long-term. Findings stemming from twelve semi-structured interviews conducted with key strata and community title industry experts from around Australia.

Title: An Examination of Building Defects in Multi-owned Properties

Funders: PICA Group

Author/Co-authors: Nicole Johnston, Sacha Reid

Keywords: Construction, Defects, Development, Dispute resolution / courts / tribunals, Law, Qualitative research/interviews,

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The research aims to identify the types of building defects impacting residential buildings, the effects that building defects have on buildings and residents, the impact of the regulatory environment and how defects are managed by the owners corporation. The study identified the prevalence of building defects based on construction systems. Defects were most prevalent in following systems (in order): building fabric and cladding, fire protection, roof and rainwater disposal, waterproofing and structural.