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

Sam 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 management and resolution.

Sam has been mediating and conflict coaching since 1997. She practices primarily in the workplace context, and in the university sector. She is an experienced conflict coach and the founder of the REAL Conflict Coaching System.

Sam has a range of postgraduate qualifications in law, conflict resolution and teaching. In 2010 Sam was awarded a Rotary Peace Fellowship to attend a 3-month intensive professional development program at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand.

Sam has a particular interest in education and has been recognised as a leader in this field, including receiving a University Teaching Excellence Award, a National Carrick Citation for an Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning and a Fellow of the Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australia

University appointments

Sam holds appointments as;

Associated networks


Academic qualifications

  • PhD (Law/Conflict Resolution) University of Tasmania, 2000-2006
  • Graduate Certificate in University Learning and Teaching, University of
    Tasmania, 2005
  • Master of Laws, Queensland University of Technology, 1995-1997
  • Bachelor of Laws (Hons), Queensland University of Technology, 1989-1992
  • Bachelor of Arts (Double major in French), University of New England, 2001-2007
  • Professional Certificate in Peace and Conflict Studies, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand, 2010

Professional qualifications

  • Certified Transformative Mediator by the Institute of Conflict Transformation, USA
  • Accredited Mediator under the National Mediator Accreditation Standards
  •  LEADR Accredited Mediator
  • Admitted as a Solicitor in the High Court of Australia, the Federal Court of Australia, and the Supreme Court of Queensland.

Grants & awards

  • JCU Award for Excellence – Learning and Teaching 2013.
  • JCU Teaching and Learning Development Grant 2013: Developing the
    Postgraduate Conflict Management and Resolution Programs for AQF and TEQSA.
  • JCU Teaching and Learning Development Grant 2012: Exploring Conflict in
    the HDR student / supervisor relationship (a qualitative study of 21 supervisors
    and 24 students at JCU).
  • JCU Student Services and Amenities Fee Competitive Grant 2012: Enhancing JCU Students’ Capacity to Manage and Resolve Conflict.
  • JCU Teaching and Learning Conference Grant 2011: Promoting deep reflection on our practice and learning in mediation (ACR Conference, USA).
  •  Victorian Law Foundation Grant 2010: Mediation and the GLBTIQ Community.
  • Rotary Peace Fellow 2010
  • Tasmanian Council for AIDS, Hepatitis and Related Diseases,
    Honorary Life Membership 2007
  • La Trobe University Learning and Teaching Fellowship 2007
  • Fellow of Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australia 2006-present
  • Carrick (now OLT) National Citation for Outstanding Contribution to
    Student Learning 2006
  •  University of Tasmania EDGE Teaching Fellow 2005
  • University of Tasmania Teaching Excellence Award 2003
  • Teaching Merit Certificate 2002


Sam’s research interests centre on conflict narratives and how people talk about their conflict experiences, mediation, conflict coaching, conflict in higher education and working with same-sex couples and same-sex parented families in conflict.
She publishes widely in a range of journals and is regularly invited to present at
international conferences. Her books include Dispute Resolution in Australia 3rd Ed. (2014) co-authored with David Spencer, Mediation for Lawyers (2010) co-authored with Olivia Rundle. Forthcoming books include Family Law, Family Life: Working with
Same-Sex Couples and Same-Sex Parented Families
, due for release by Thomson Reuters in 2015 and The Melodrama of Conflict, due for release in late 2015.


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