Ben Burston

Chief Economist, Knight Frank Australia
As Chief Economist, Ben provides strategic advice to clients on the property investment market, and lead’s the wider Research and Consulting team at Knight Frank Australia. He is an experienced economist and property research professional, with expertise in both global research and strategy as well as the Australian market, having previously worked in the UK for ten years. Ben has a deep understanding of global office markets and the dynamics influencing demand. Prior to joining the property industry, Ben had was an economist and policy adviser at the Australian Department of Treasury.

As Chief Economist, Ben provides strategic advice to clients on the property investment market, and lead’s the wider Research and Consulting team at Knight Frank Australia. He is an experienced economist and property research professional, with expertise in both global research and strategy as well as the Australian market, having previously worked in the UK for ten years. Ben has a deep understanding of global office markets and the dynamics influencing demand. Prior to joining the property industry, Ben had was an economist and policy adviser at the Australian Department of Treasury.

Takes part in

  • Industrial Real Estate SummitView Full Event
  • 14:20 - 15:00

    Fund manager's panel - Capital Market and Industrial Fund Manager perspective

    • How are the capital markets reacting to the ongoing industrial boom?
    • How will land scarcity influence returns and the demand for the sector?
    • Where are cap rates, and how are they impacting acquisitions and sales?
    • How are trends like the move to Automation, Last-Mile Delivery locations and Multi-Level warehousing likely to impact the pricing for assets in the future?
    • How do Fund Managers identify and mitigate risk in the Industrial sector?
    Panellists include:
    Jesse Curtis Head of Industrial & Fund Manager, Centuria Industrial REIT
    Julian Etter Deputy Fund Manager – CPIF, Charter Hall
    Jonathan Harrison Fund Manager, Australian Prime Property Fund Industrial, Lendlease
    Camilla Bradley Assistant Fund Manager, LOGOS Group
    Moderated by:
    Ben Burston Chief Economist, Knight Frank Australia
  • 14:00 - 14:20

    Accelerated change: Reviewing the short and long term impact of the pandemic on demand for Industrial Real Estate and the property investment landscape

    By Ben Burston Chief Economist, Knight Frank Australia

    The past year has seen the acceleration of a number of changes that were already underway, most notably the rise of online retail, and this is upending traditional asset allocations and directing more capital toward industrial real estate than ever before. What are the economic drivers of growth and how is the industry adapting to the rise of the industrial sector both locally and globally? Is this growth sustainable and for how long?

    • The online retail structural tailwind for industrial growth – will this continue and what does this mean for landowners, developers and investors?
    • What other effects has the pandemic had on the short and long-term demand for industrial real estate?
    • How will rising consumer expectations for expedited delivery impact demand for urban logistics facilities in metropolitan areas?
    • How are these trends impacting property investment globally and in Australia?

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