ADR Researcher Profile: Kathy Douglas

Our series of ADR Research Network blog posts for October concludes with a profile of network member, Dr Kathy Douglas.

  1. ​Introductory information:​
  • Full title and name:Dr Kathy Douglas, Deputy Head, Graduate School of Business and Law, RMIT University
  • Primary professional identity (i.e., academic, RHD student, practitioner – please include a link to your staff ID page/website): Academic (
  • Institutions/Organisations that you work for: RMIT University
  • Where research fits in your professional work (i.e., your primary professional identity, or something that supplements other activity): Research in ADR is a prime focus of my work at RMIT
  1. Why did you become interested in the dispute resolution field? I took a Masters level course in ADR at Monash University and fell in love with the field.  Soon after I trained with LEADR and then began work as a sessional mediator.
  2. What is your particular area of dispute resolution research interest? Mediation theory and practice, ADR in legal education and conflict resolution and planning.
  3. Whose research has influenced you? Why/How? I think that Laurence Boulle influenced me due to his thinking about models of mediation practice and his focus on the emerging ADR field in Australia.
  4.   What dispute resolution research are you involved in at the moment? ADR in Legal Education; Procedural justice and mediation; Conciliation and industry schemes and conflict in planning in Melbourne.  I have a forthcoming article on ADR in legal education coming out in the International Journal of the Legal Profession.
  5. Where would you like to take your dispute resolution research work over the next ten years? I would mainly like to focus on better integrating the theory and practice of mediation. I like being a ‘prac-academic’.  Someone who tries to improve practice in mediation.
  6. What advice do you have for emerging dispute resolution researchers? Join the network.  It’s a wonderful group of generous academics and practitioners.

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