The Australian Property Research and Education Fund (APREF) has awarded William Thackway of the University of New South Wales the 2023 Peter Barrington Gold Medal Award.  

William Thackway completed his Master of Philosophy (MPhil) degree at the University of New South Wales under the supervision of Professor Chris Petitt and Associate Professor Chyi Lin Lee. His MPhil was officially conferred in August 2023.

The winner will present their research to Australian Property Institute (API) members as part of the APREF Research Seminar Series, as well as receiving complimentary annual API membership and a $1000.   

The title of William’s thesis is “Developing the use of machine learning models to detect physical and social indicators of gentrification”.

The Peter Barrington Award, established in 1985, is designed to encourage research excellence in the study of land economy.  

The award is open to students undertaking a Property Masters or PHD at an Australian academic institution. 

The API established APREF to advance the twin arms of research and education, training and development; in the property industry specifically in valuation and land economy.  

The Fund has Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status, and is a registered charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission.