After 36 years as an academic at the University of South Australia, Dr Dale Bagshaw is now an adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy, where she was previously an Associate Professor, Head of School, the Director of Postgraduate Studies, Research Portfolio Leader, and the Program Director for the Masters/Graduate Diploma in Mediation and Conflict Resolution (from 1993) and the Doctor of Human Service Research. From 1993 – 2009 she was also the Director of the Centre for Peace, Conflict and Mediation and conducted research, consultancies and mediation/conflict resolution training programs for many organisations in Australia and overseas. Since retiring from UniSA in 2009, Dale has also been appointed as a Visiting Professor and Examiner with the Mediation and Conflict Intervention programs in the School of Law and Business, National University of Ireland, Maynooth. At the 10th National Mediation Conference in 2010, Dale was dubbed ‘the grandmother’ of mediation in Australia. She convened the SA Dispute Resolution Association in 1988 and was President for 10 years; established the first postgraduate mediation programs in the country in 1993; convened the 1st National Mediation Conference in 1991; and was a founding member, President and Vice President of the World Mediation Forum and is currently a member of the WMF’s Advisory Council. As the inaugural and founding President of the Asia Pacific Mediation Forum (APMF) formed in 2001 at UniSA in Adelaide, she has been unanimously re-elected at the APMF biannual conferences in Singapore, Suva, Kuala Lumpur and at the APMF Asia Pacific Mediation Leadership Summit in Bangkok in 2011. She has trained mediators (including judges) in England, Ireland, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Malaysia, the Philippines and Fiji, has led many international and national research projects, published internationally in many peer reviewed books and journals, has been on the International Editorial Board for the Conflict Resolution Quarterly since May 2004 and is a reviewer for four other prominent journals.
In May 2009, Dale was appointed a member of the International Advisory Board for the Centre for Dispute Resolution, Singapore Management University, located in the School of Law (http://www.law.smu.edu.sg/centre/cdr/) and in November 2009, she was appointed as an Expert Advisor to the National Resource Management Learning Network, located in Bangkok and serving the Asia Pacific region (http://www.recoftc.org).
In her semi-retirement Dale continues to publish, supervise UniSA’s PhD students, conduct research and mediation/conflict resolution training programs and consultancies, and has been a Keynote Speaker at many national and international conferences. She has published widely in books and peer reviewed journals. Her latest book is Bagshaw, Dale and Porter, Elisabeth (Editors) Mediation in the Asia-Pacific Region. Transforming Conflicts and Building Peace, Routledge: London and New York, 2009.
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