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Multidisciplinary Workshop

Sharing Property: A Multidisciplinary Workshop

This all-day workshop is intended to provide space for discussing the important and contentious issues raised by contemporary multi-owned properties. There will be invited contributions from leading academics from a range of disciplines, as well as from decision-makers (tribunal and mediation) and law reformers. The themes of the workshop will be drawn from the key ideas of the Dynamics of Enduring Property Relations, presented at the Australasian Property Law Teachers Conference by Sarah Blandy, Susan Bright and Sarah Nield on 27th September 2017:

  • Failure of law to acknowledge shared property rights and responsibilities – potential solutions through legislation and discretionary decision-making;
  • Inadequate information about shared property rights and responsibilities provided to (and understanding by) purchasers and tenants;
  • Issues of power and control exercised by developers, property managers, and office-holders in homeowner organisations; factors which assist or detract from the development of community amongst residents
  • Factors which assist or detract from the development of community amongst residents;
  • Recognition of changes over time, particularly the rules and norms developed by residents, and changes in the tenure mix.

There will be plenty of time programmed-in for discussions, and workshop participants are encouraged to contribute with examples from their own research and experience. It is intended that the workshop will produce recommendations for policy-makers and law reform bodies.


Workshop facilititators:

Sarah Blandy

Professor Sarah Blandy

Sarah Blandy is a Professor of Law in the Faculty of Law at the University of Sheffield.

Sarah’s research concerns ‘property law in the real world’, a perspective she tries to integrate into her teaching. She is also an executive committee member of the Socio-Legal Studies Association.

Sarah’s research is interdisciplinary and empirical, focusing on socio-legal aspects of property law, including tenure and rights; collective and individual property rights; multi-owned property; regulation of conduct, dispute resolution, and access to justice, amongst residential occupiers and the spatial boundaries of law, especially in relation to fortified homes and gated communities.


Susan Bright

Professor Susan Bright

Susan Bright is a Professor of Land Law at New College, University of Oxford.

Her research in contract law and in property law is a mix of doctrinal work, socio-legal work and empirical work. She is currently engaged in interdisciplinary projects that explore how the ownership and management (‘governance’) arrangements of multi-owned properties can limit the installation of energy efficiency measures and renewable technologies. She also sits as a fee-paid judge in the First Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) that hears disputes involving residential leasehold properties.


Sarah Nield

Professor Sarah Nield

Sarah Nield is a Professor of Property Law at the School of Law, University of Southampton. Her main research interests are in Land Law and she has co-authored the leading Land Law Text Cases and Materials: textbook published by Oxford University Press now in its 3th edition. Her current research concentrates upon the regulation of residential mortgages, human rights and property and the governance of commons property.   She has written extensively in these areas. Together with Sarah Blandy and Sue Bright she is a key researcher in the Dynamics of Enduring Property Relations project.


Clare Mouat

Dr Clare Mouat

Clare Mouat is a Lecturer in Human Geography and Planning at the University of Western Australia where she researches community relations, urban governance, strategic metropolitan planning, political theory, and urban futures. Her key works showcase her passion for planning inclusive and just cities: from her award-winning PhD Rethinking Community in Planning: A review of the role of planners and citizens in building strong communities) to recent articles on ‘recognising “community” in multi-owned property law and living’ (2015),  super-sizing cities, and using conflict productively in planning. She enjoys collaborating with others from different disciplines and life experiences in areas of growing importance to 21st century urbanism focusing on housing and community in multi-owned developments. In 2016, along with Dr Rebecca Leshinsky she co-convened the inaugural Comparative Social Sustainability Symposium held in Barcelona: ‘Living the high life? addressing the social sustainability challenges of condominium law, living, and landscapes’. She champions political thinking about how we learn to disagree, to live harmoniously in high-rise housing, and to plan for community governance in smaller and larger cities.


Cathy Sherry

Associate Professor Cathy Sherry

Cathy Sherry is a leading Australian expert on strata and community title.  She provides advice to government and the private sector on the complexities of collectively-owned property.  Cathy’s research focuses on the social implications of private communities, as well as optimal planning for children.  Cathy has a special interest in urban farming and the challenges of providing growing space in high density cities.

Cathy is an academic member of 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 is a General Editor of the international property journal, Property Law Review. She is the author of Cathy Sherry, Strata Title Property Rights: Private Governance of Multi-Owned Properties, Routledge, London, 2017.