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About Rachael Field

Qualifications
Doctor of Philosophy - University of Sydney
Master of Laws(Hons) - Queensland University of Technology
BA/LLB(Hons) - Australian National University
Graduate Certificate in Education (Higher Education) - Queensland University of Technology

Her research interest in dispute resolution began in her early days in legal practice as a family lawyer in the 1990s. She completed a Masters by Research comparing the efficacy of litigation and mediation processes in family law matters and concluded that because dispute resolution offers positive and important alternatives to litigation, she wanted this to be an area of expertise and scholarly pursuit for her.
In 1993 as a volunteer with Women's Legal Service she became increasingly committed to advocating for access to justice for vulnerable women and their children - particularly those in circumstances of domestic and family violence. Her PhD thesis on mediation ethics brought these issues together. In her thesis she offered a new paradigm for ethical mediator practice and conduct, one that she believes deals more effectively with issues of power in mediation contexts.
Her research interest in legal education began when she completed the Graduate Certificate in Education (Higher Education) at QUT in 2001. She observed teaching excellence being modelled by her lecturers and continued to be mentored by some of those professors after completing the degree.
She has published widely in my areas of research interest which include dispute resolution, women and the law and family law, the first year experience, legal education, and student success and well-being.
Her research portfolio of publications is regularly cited and her work in the areas of mediation and domestic violence, legal education and law student success and well-being has had significant national impact and also some international level influence.
Her research and scholarship in the areas of legal education and student success and well-being has had significant impact at a national level and is also beginning to have impact at an international level.

Her body of research work contributed to her being named 2013 Queensland Woman of the Year.

Positions

Present Professor, Bond University Faculty of Law
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20122016 Associate Professor, Queensland University of Technology ‐ Law School
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20062012 Senior Lecturer, Queensland University of Technology ‐ Law School
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19982005 Lecturer, Queensland University of Technology ‐ School of Justice Studies
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Honors and Awards

  • 2013 Queensland Woman of the Year


Education

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2011 Doctor of Philosophy, University of Sydney
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2000 Graduate Certificate in Education, Queensland University of Technology
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1997 Master of Laws (Hons), Queensland University of Technology
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1991 BA/LLB (Hons), Australian National University
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Articles (12)

Books (1)