Samantha Hardy is a leader in the field of conflict management and resolution.

She has been described as both a practical thinker and a thinking practitioner.
 Sam has advanced postgraduate qualifications including a PhD in 
conflict resolution as well as many years of international experience as 
a conflict resolution practitioner. In addition to offering conflict coaching
 and mediation services, Sam is also a well-known trainer,
 university educator and writer in the field of conflict resolution.

Sam has been accredited as a Mediator under the Australian National Mediator Accreditation System and is a Certified Transformative Mediator by the US Institute of Conflict Transformation. She is an Enhanced Narrative Coach Practitioner. She is an experienced conflict coach and the founder of the REAL Conflict Coaching System. Sam has been mediating and conflict coaching since 1997. She practices primarily in the workplace context, and in the university sector. She is the principal of Conflict Coaching International and also provides online training through CCI Academy.  Sam also holds appointments at a number of universities in Australia, South East Asia and the United States. 

Sam has published widely in conflict resolution, including her books Dispute Resolution in Australia, 3rd Ed. (2014) co-authored with David Spencer, Mediation for Lawyers (2010) co-authored with Olivia Rundle, and Sex, Gender, Sexuality and the Law: Social and legal issues facing individuals, couples and families (2016) co-authored with Olivia Rundle and Damien Riggs. She also recently contributed to The Story Cookbook: Practical recipes for change (2019) edited by Andrew Rixon and Cathryn Lloyd.

Sam has a particular interest in narrative and storytelling in conflict management and resolution.

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