Sam Hardy is Director of the Conflict Management and Resolution Program at James Cook University, Adjunct Associate Professor at Bond University, Visiting Associate Professor at University of Tasmania, Adjunct Professor at Hong Kong Shue Yan University, and Affiliate Scholar at the Center for the Study of Narrative and Conflict Resolution within the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University. She also has a consultancy practice in creative conflict engagement and education, and is a Principal of Conflict Coaching International.She has been mediating since 1997.She practices primarily in the workplace context, and in the university sector.Sam is a Nationally Accredited Mediator under the Australian Standards and a Certified Transformative Mediator by the US Institute of Conflict Transformation. 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 Australasia.
Sam has published widely in conflict resolution, including her books Dispute Resolution in Australia 3rd Ed. (2014) co-authored with David Spencer, and Mediation for Lawyers (2010) co-authored with Olivia Rundle. She has two forthcoming books: Family Law, Family Life: Working with Same-Sex Couples and Same-Sex Parented Families and The Melodrama of Conflict. Sam's main research interests include conflict narratives and genre, and conflict in the university sector.