The Australian Dispute Resolution Research Network was founded in 2012 by a group of leading dispute resolution academics from across Australia.  It provides a collaborative environment to foster, nurture and enrich high quality research and scholarship.

The Network is inclusive and forward-looking and seeks to bring together emerging, mid-career and established scholars to build excellence in the field and provide peer support. It prides itself on its collegial approach to discussing research and encourages the participation of academics at all stages of their careers.

Network activities are expressly designed to provide a supportive and collegial presentation environment in which meaningful discussion and constructive feedback is provided to the presenter.


At each annual face to face gathering, some primary responsibilities are allocated to network members for the following year. The responsibilities in 2017 are:

  • Presidents: Becky Batagol and Sue Douglas
  • Past Presidents: Kathy Douglas and Jonathan Crowe
  • Blog Editor – Becky Batagol
  • Social Media Editor: Olivia Rundle
  • 2017 Round Table Organisers – Sue Douglas and Becky Batagol


Network activities include maintaining this ADR Research Network blog, a lively Twitter feed @ADRResearch and conducting annual scholarly round tables of work in progress.

Past activities have included a series of phone conferences about work in progress, and the Network is also supports emerging academics with mentoring.

The usual disclaimer applies to the blog – our opinions are those of the individual authors, and do not necessarily represent those of our institutions.


The Network held its first symposium at the University of New South Wales in December 2012. Since then we have held round tables at

  • Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, December 2013 (2nd round table);
  • RMIT in Melbourne, December 2014 (3rd round table);
  • University of New South Wales, Sydney in September 2015 (4th round table);
  • University of Tasmania, Hobart in December 2016 (5th round table).


This year we are very excited to be expanding across the Tasman to New Zealand. The 6th round table will be hosted by the Legal Issues Centre, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand on 4-5 December 2017. The round table will be held two days immediately prior to the Law and Society of Australia and New Zealand Conference at University of Otago, 6-9 December 2017. It will be followed by a 2018 symposium at University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland. PLEASE NOTE WE HAVE RECENTLY CHANGED THE 2017 VENUE TO DUNEDIN.

If you sign up to follow our blog you will be notified about our next round table. This blog is our primary means of communicating with members.


The ADR Research Network can be contacted via the Presidents for 2017, Dr Becky Batagol and Dr Susan Douglas.

Guest blog post proposals are always welcome. Contact Dr Becky Batagol.


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