NEW REPORT: Current and emerging career trends in conflict resolution

Robert J. Rhudy from the Maryland Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office has just released a preliminary report on current and emerging career trends in conflict resolution.  While the report focuses on the United States, many of the findings are equally applicable in the Australian context.

The information in the preliminary report (which is 61 pages long) is taken from a range of sources including interviews with conflict resolution professionals, professors, and other knowledgable people across the US, and through literature searches and internet reviews of job listings.

Rhudy concludes that there is good news and bad news about the current situation in the US, summarised as “The field continues to have a high supply of providers, low market demand, and high social need”.  There was, however, also optimism that as economic conditions improved, there would be more opportunities in the field of conflict resolution.

The report identifies that as well as people making a career in conflict resolution, many public and private organisations are now looking for conflict resolution skills in their employees, so having these skills increases employment and promotion opportunities.

A particularly encouraging finding is that, with the growth of academic programs in the field, there has been a corresponding growth in academic research and publishing about conflict resolution, and a growing recognition of the importance of this research.

The full report contains much more detail and quotes from influential people in the field. There is also a section with practical advice about how to get work and make a career in conflict resolution.

The full report is available here:

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About Dr Samantha Hardy

Dr Samantha Hardy is Associate Professor of Conflict Resolution and the Director of the Conflict Resolution Programs 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 Australia. Sam has published widely in conflict resolution, including her books Dispute Resolution in Australia 2nd Ed. (2009) co-authored with David Spencer, and Mediation for Lawyers (2010) co-authored with Olivia Rundle.

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