DR SAMANTHA HARDY has various undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications in law, education and conflict resolution, including a PhD in conflict resolution. She also has many years of international experience as a conflict resolution practitioner. In addition to offering conflict coaching and mediation services, Sam is 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. 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 co-founder of the REAL Conflict Coaching System.

Sam has a particular interest in education and has been recognized as a leader in this field, including receiving a University Teaching Excellence Award, a Australian National Citation for an Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning and a Fellow of the Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australia. She has most recently held appointments as Student Ombudsman at the University of Wollongong, and Associate Professor of Conflict Resolution and the Director of the Conflict Resolution Programs at James Cook University. She is also Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of New South Wales, Adjunct Associate Professor at Bond University, Adjunct 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.

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.