Dr Samantha Hardy is a leader in the field of conflict 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 is an Accredited Mediator under the Australian National Mediator Accreditation System 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 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. Sam has a particular interest in narrative and storytelling in conflict management and resolution.