Published on 24 January 2012
24 January 2012
Property academics from the University of the Sunshine Coast have been honoured by the most prestigious property research association in the Pacific Rim region.
USC collected four major awards at the 18th Pacific Rim Real Estate Society (PRRES) Conference in Adelaide last week, the highest number of any university attending the event from 15 countries.
Teaching and Research Fellow Pam Wardner received two awards for Best PhD Scholar and Best Refereed Conference Paper – an unprecedented achievement.
Her conference papers were entitled “The value proposition of master planned communities to non-retail commercial firms ... assessing demand and establishing options in South-East Queensland” and “Understanding the Role of Place in Office Location Decisions”.
Property Law Lecturer Dr Lucy Cradduck also won two awards: One for the Best Innovative Refereed Conference Paper and the other a First Time Author Award in recognition of an outstanding first property research publication in the Pacific Rim Property Research Journal in 2011.
Both Dr Cradduck’s publications drew on research for her doctoral thesis entitled “The future of the Internet Economy: Addressing challenges facing the implementation of the Australian National Broadband Network”.
USC’s Pro Vice-Chancellor for Engagement and Professor of Property and Development Mike Hefferan said it was exciting to see the University’s research being recognised.
“This represents something of a coming of age for our research group,” he said.
“We have been doing some important work in a number of key property areas, and for us to be given this level of recognition, benchmarked against these long-established and prestigious universities, is a credit to those involved.
“It also recognises what has been achieved in the few years that we have had the property discipline at USC.”
Professor Hefferan said the conference also provided an opportunity for USC students to showcase their skills during the inter-university case competition.
“Janet O’Hara, Megan Hembrow, Duane Gilliland and Carly Johnson competed against representatives from Australia, New Zealand and the United States,” he said.
“Their efforts and innovative performance received high accolades from the industry and academic assessment panel.
“Although the competition was eventually won by a team from the University of Auckland, for our students to be considered highly competitive at an international event is a credit to them and to their academic coach Steven Boyd.”
— Michelle Widdicombe