Kathy Douglas is the Dean of the Graduate School of Business and Law and has been a long time staff member of RMIT. She acted in the role of Dean (previously Head of School) from mid-2017 and was appointed in September 2018. She researches in the areas of conflict resolution, negotiation and mediation.
Kathy Douglas is the Dean of the Graduate School of Business and Law (GSBL). From 2013 – mid 2017 Kathy was Deputy Head, Learning and Teaching in the GSBL. Kathy has been a practicing mediator for many years and her practice has informed her research, teaching and leadership. She has led the School to great success in providing industry engaged learning that prepares students for life and work. She has nurtured a culture of innovation in both teaching and research in the GSBL. In 2020 Kathy won the Vice Chancellor's leadership award for Imagination.
She is an interdisciplinary researcher in the area of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) that includes a focus on conflict, negotiation and mediation. Kathy is passionate about the theory and practice of ADR and has contributed to the field through her membership of the Australian Dispute Resolution Advisory Council (2015-mid 2019), a national policy group, and the Australasian Dispute Resolution Research Network (2012-to present). She co-founded the network and is a past president. She is currently researching the practice of mediation and the role of conflict resolution in various contexts including planning. Kathy also researches in the area of online learning including blended learning in higher education.
• Member of the College of Business and Law Management Executive Committee
• Chair, University Appeals Committee
• Member Academic Board, 2019-2021
• Chair Higher Education Committee Academic Board, 2020
- PhD, RMIT University
- Graduate Diploma of Education (Tertiary Teaching stream) University of Melbourne
- BA, LLB, LLM Monash University
- Applied Mentally Healthy Leadership Program, AP Psychology and Consulting Services, Melbourne, July 2021
- EFMD, Online Workshop for Deans, 26-30th October 2020, Brussels Belgium (online)
- Women in Business Education Deans Network, 2020 and 2021
- Cranlana Centre for Ethical Leadership, Justice and Ethics Symposium, 14-15th November 2019, Melbourne, Australia
- EFMD, Strategic Leadership Programme for Deans, 24-26th October 2018, Brussels Belgium
- Over twenty years of experience as a mediator in community, workplace and court connected mediation (while also working as an academic)
- Short course trainer in mediation
- Lawyer with practice experience in criminal and civil law.
- Douglas, K.,Platz, C.,Goodman, R. (2021). Co-housing Disputes: Strategies for Harmonious Conflict Resolution? In: Australasian Dispute Resolution Journal, 31, 37 - 45
- Douglas, K.,Popa, T.,Platz, C. (2019). Teaching Mediation Using Video and Peer Discussion: An Engaged Video Learning Model In: Australasian Dispute Resolution Journal , 29, 182 - 188
- Douglas, K.,Popa, T.,Platz, C.,Colasante, M. (2019). Technology Aided Learning in Dispute Resolution and Evidence: Combining Video with Online Annotation/Discussion in a Blended Learning Design In: Macquarie Law Journal, 19, 189 - 207
- Popa, T.,Douglas, K. (2019). 'Best for the Protagonists Involved': Views from Senior Tort Lawyers on the Value of Mediation in Victorian Medical Negligence Disputes In: Monash University Law Review, 45, 333 - 365
- Douglas, K.,Goodman, R. (2018). Addressing Conflict Within an Owners Corporation In: Mulit-Owned Property in the Asia-Pacific Region, Palgrave Macmillan, London, United Kingdom
- Douglas, K.,Leshinsky, R. (2017). Ethical concerns for owners corporation managers who informally mediate in owners corporation disputes: The need for a community of practice In: Law in Context, 35, 118 - 138
- Goodman, R.,Douglas, K. (2017). Dealing with conflict in local planning: reflections from Australian planners In: Planning Practice and Research, 32, 345 - 360
- Douglas, K.,Hurley, J. (2017). The potential of procedural justice in mediation: a study into mediators understandings In: Bond Law Review, 29, 69 - 86
- Colasante, M.,Douglas, K. (2016). Prepare-Participate-Connect: Active learning with video annotation In: Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 32, 68 - 91
- Douglas, K.,Leshinsky, R.,Condliffe, P. (2016). Conflict in Strata Development: The Need for Differentiated Dispute Resolution Rules In: Adelaide Law Review, 37, 163 - 189
1 PhD Completions and 1 Masters by Research Completions1 PhD Current Supervisions