Dr Pamela Wardner

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Dr Pamela Wardner


Research areas

  • master planned communities
  • urban villages
  • residential demand
  • employment location
  • property development
  • regional development


Pam is currently developing short-term non-degree courses to be offered at USC campuses as a means of engaging with the wider community. This new initiative aims at increasing access to knowledge, allowing greater empowerment and learning choice for individuals to craft their own professional and personal development.

A key area that Pam leads is in ‘Strategic Doing’, a new strategy discipline specifically designed for open, loosely-connected networks. It is a tool developed by Purdue Centre for Regional Development, USA and is exclusively offered in Australia through USC.

Prior to this current role, she managed a range of engagement projects, often coordinating with staff from across the university and a number of external stakeholders including the Sunshine Coast Futures Conference and the Engaged Publication series.

Pam began working at USC in 2003 as a sessional tutor in Economics and eventually became full-time as teaching and research staff for the Property Economics and Development Program in the Faculty of Arts and Business.

She completed her PhD in 2013 with research concentrations in the fields of urban economics and economic geography. She has a master’s in business management and is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Pam is also a member of the Pacific Rim Real Estate Society and in 2016 organised their international academic conference at USC.

Her work experience is in both the public and the private corporate sectors developing major integrated real estate developments including residential, commercial, retail, recreational and industrial sectors which led her to establish a boutique property development firm on the Sunshine Coast in 2001, which is still active to date. Her key strengths include specialising in real estate project commencements including site identification, land acquisition, market research, highest and best use studies, project feasibilities, finance, and marketing.

Awards and recognitions

  • Best Corporate Real Estate Paper Award, 19th European Real Estate Conference (ERES), awarded Vienna, Austria July 2013

  • Best Refereed Conference Paper, 18th Pacific Rim Real Estate Society Conference (PRRES), Adelaide, Australia, 15-18 January 2012

  • PhD Scholarship 29th American Real Estate Society Conference (ARES), Hawaii, United States, 10-13 April 2013

  • PhD Scholarship 18th Pacific Rim Real Estate Society Conference (PRRES), Adelaide, Australia 15-18 January 2012

  • Winner inaugural 'Three Minute Thesis' Competition 2012 USC Research Conference, Sunshine Coast, Australia, 9 November 2010. Video on YouTube

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