Dr Drane is a recognised writer, researcher and self-publisher. His extensive works are encompassed in his web page www.jondrane.net and he has received both industry and academic awards including an Australian Post Graduate Award for his doctorate on Property Development.

He is also known for his non-fiction travel book on the Camino de Santiago which won the Messenger Marketing Prize at the NSW Writers Festival in 2007.

Jonathan has also worked in major corporate development groups and has mentored company executives as well as students.

He has lectured at Sydney University, UNSW, Western Sydney University and ICMS. He has also studied an MBA and DBA at Macquarie Graduate School of Management.

Jonathan provides tutoring, mentoring and coaching services to execs and students from undergrad to post grad.

He specialises in:

  • Workshops on Property Development
  • Workshops on social research methods
  • Writing classes for new writers
  • Self-publishing bootcamps for DIY publishers

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Face to Face Workshop:

If you are interested in attending one of Jonathan’s workshops there is a minimum of 10 students required so it can be by arrangement. The workshops are designed to get the group to work toward creating a research outcome during the workshop day.

The pricing of the workshop per attendee depends on the venue and the number of participants. Jonathan operates on the North Shore and Northern Beaches of Sydney.

For more information contact Jonathan on the contact us page.


Jonathan is a recognised expert in Property and Urban Development and provides consulting advice and is an expert witness to the courts. His advisory rate per hour varies and is not represented by the online student rates noted above.


Jonathan has lectured at:

                  UNSW in Property and Town Planning/Development Processes

     WSU in Property and Property Development

     ICMS in Property Management

   Sydney University in Strategic Facility Planning and  UNSW  (Doctorate and Bachelor Degrees)

Jonathan has studied at:

       UNSW  (Doctorate and Bachelor Degrees)

MGSM in Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)  &  Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Masters of Arts Research (MA Res)

Student Mentoring and Coaching:

Jonathan obtained a doctorate in 2015 at UNSW Built Environment, an experience that led to him precipitating and leading a community group, a cohort knowledge share programme and a ‘mini-thesis’ project in the faculty ( the first of its kind).

His work in creating this programme is captured in two articles which he wrote together with the cohort students.

He places great emphasis in working in teams and with buddies to get through the arduous and complex process of writing a thesis and the associated research process.

Read Articles:

Drane et al, 2012, A Tale of Two Cultures: Building Community by Researching Community, AARE-APERA conference 2012 , Joint AARE APERA International Conference, Sydney 2012.

Drane et al 2012-A Tale of Two Cultures

Drane 2011, On Voices and Silence, A reflection on a study of isolation and community in two ‘phd labs’ in the Faculty of the Built Environment, University of NSW

Drane 2011- On Voices and Silence

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