• Bond University, Faculty of Law

    4229 Gold Coast


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Research interests

My research interest in dispute resolution began in my early days in legal practice as a family lawyer in the 1990s. I 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, I wanted this to be an area of expertise and scholarly pursuit for me.

In 1993 as a volunteer with Women's Legal Service I became increasingly committed to advocating for access to justice for vulnerable women and their children - particularly those in circumstances of domestic and family violence. My PhD thesis on mediation ethics brought these issues together. In my thesis I offered a new paradigm for ethical mediator practice and conduct, one that I believe deals more effectively with issues of power in mediation contexts.

My research interest in legal education began when I completed the Graduate Certificate in Education (Higher Education) at QUT in 2001. I observed teaching excellence being modelled by my lecturers and continued to be mentored by some of those professors after completing the degree.

I have 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.

My research portfolio of publications is regularly cited and my 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.

My 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.

My body of research work contributed to my being named 2013 Queensland Woman of the Year.

Statement for HDR students

I can offer supervision for any level of HDR student in my areas of research and scholarly expertise: Dispute Resolution, Family Law, Legal Education, and Transition to Higher Education, Student Success and Well-Being, Domestic and Family Violence.

I have supervised two doctoral and one Masters by research students to successful completion. I enjoy the process of supervising Higher Degree Research (HDR) students and assisting them to become experts in their chosen area.

Students I am currently supervising are writing theses on:

  • Legal education
  • Domestic violence and human rights
  • Women's rights
  • Professional legal writing practice

Education/Academic qualification

Law, PhD, University of Sydney

External positions

Queensland University of Technology


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Projects 2010 2010

The Wellness Network for Law

Field, R.

1/01/10 → …

Project: Research

Research Output 2005 2020

Educating for Well-Being in Law: Positive Professional Identities and Practice

Field, R. M. (ed.) & Caroline, S. (ed.), 2020, Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge. 194 p.

Research output: Book/ReportScholarly editionResearchpeer-review

positive law
moral philosophy

Self-care as a professional virtue for lawyers

Field, R. M., Caroline, S. & Duncan, N., 2020, Educating for Well-Being in Law: Positive Professional Identities and Practice. Field, R. & Strevens, C. (eds.). Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, p. 14-26

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review

legal profession

Well-Being and a Positive Professional Identity in the Legal Profession: A Snapshot of the UK Bar

Field, R. M. & Spearing, R., 2020, Educating for Well-Being in Law: Positive Professional Identities and Practice. Field, R. & Strevens, C. (eds.). Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, p. 42-57

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review

legal profession
working-day world
legal usage

Lawyering and Positive Professional Identities

Field, R. M., Duffy, J. & Huggins, A., 20 Dec 2019, 2nd ed. Australia: LexisNexis Butterworths. 513 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBookEducationpeer-review

legal profession
legal usage

Resilience, Self-management and Agency: Living Practice Wisdom Well

Field, R. M., 1 Jul 2019, Practice Wisdom: Values and Interpretations. Higgs, J. (ed.). Boston : Brill, p. 69-78 (Practice Futures; vol. 3).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review


Activities 2015 2019

  • 1 Editorial Board Member
  • 1 Oral presentation

Student Success (Journal)

Rachael M Field (Editor)
2015 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial Board Member

Elections, Politics and DR Connections

Rachael Field (Speaker), Laurence Boulle (Speaker)
9 Dec 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

Student theses

Deception as a Legal Negotiation Strategy: a Cross-jurisdictional, Multidisciplinary Analysis Towards an Integrated Policy Reforms Agenda

Author: Lakhani, A., 9 Oct 2010

Supervisor: Boulle, L. (Supervisor) & Field, R. M. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


Early interventions: An analysis of States’ due diligence obligations to prevent intimate partner violence under international human rights law.

Author: Obreja, L., 15 Jun 2019

Supervisor: Field, R. M. (Supervisor), O'Leary, J. (Supervisor) & O'Donovan, A. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis