Masterclass Series

UOW Sydney Business School Masterclass Series

Sydney Business School, University of Wollongong is giving you the opportunity to learn from the best about contemporary business and management issues. The Masterclasses are lectures and workshops designed to develop your skills in a range of core business functions. They will be delivered by key industry speakers that work closely with Sydney Business School and our academics.

Upcoming Masterclasses

Using Economic Evidence to Shape Cities and Communities

Clinton Otswald- National Director- - Property Economics & Research at Urbis

When: Monday 27th May 2019
Time: 6:00-7:00pm
Venue: UOW Sydney Business School Wollongong Campus,  Building 24, Room 202 (ROOM CHANGE), Northfields Ave Gwynneville.




Clinton Ostwald is an expert in economics and property investment, with a focus on developing urban environments that create material benefits – for his clients and the community.

He is adept at preparing market and economic insights that shape the development of major cities elements such as town centre mixed-use precincts, retail centres, residential areas and employment nodes. Clinton applies his analytical and creative skills in areas as diverse as highest and best use strategies, economic impact assessments, retail master planning, residential market assessments and specialised land uses – such as student accommodation, education, health and tourism.

Recently, Clinton worked on The Bays Precinct where he examined a diverse array of land use opportunities on Sydney Harbour; helped the Australian National University shape its future student accommodation strategy; and advised Transport for NSW on retail opportunities for proposed railway stations along Sydney’s North West Metro.

The economic challenges of rapidly growing cities

We built this city on…. a sound vision, good decision making and innovation

Nicki Hutley - Economist and Partner at Deloitte Access Economics

When: Tuesday 28th May 2019
Time: 6:00-7:00pm
Venue: UOW Sydney Business School CBD Campus, Seminar Room 8, Level 10, 1 Macquarie Pl, Circular Quay


Australia’s rapidly growing cities continue to face infrastructure challenges – economic, social and environmental – and yet decision-making around new infrastructure projects is often opaque or clearly politically-motivated. Equally alarming, we often lead our precinct planning with pretty drawings, rather than a clear understanding of the economic, social or environmental outcomes that are needed.

Nicki will look at what makes for good-decision making, what are the tools that should be used and where innovations in approach are developing, when benefit-cost analysis might not be appropriate, and how economists can ensure better outcomes.

Nicki Hutley - Economist

Nicki Hutley is a highly experienced economist, with broad-based expertise gained over nearly three decades of practice. She has worked for both public and private sectors, and in financial markets, investment management, and economic consulting.

In addition to macroeconomic modelling and forecasting, Nicki is particularly skilled in the application of economic modelling and analysis in addressing policy issues relating to urban renewal, social and economic infrastructure investment, affordable housing, climate mitigation and adaptation, and social impact investing. Nicki takes a true triple bottom line approach, to ensure social and environmental considerations are captured alongside economic and financial returns.

Nicki has led strategic policy research and government reviews on issues as diverse as positive credit reporting, emissions trading schemes, the NSW Waste Levy, Social Housing renewal, youth justice initiatives and palliative care.

Nicki’s ability to articulate complex issues to a diverse range of audiences means she is a sought after keynote speaker and she appears regularly on Sky Business and ABC’s The Drum, as well as other media.


Last reviewed: 22 May, 2019