Welcome to the Journal of Mediation and Applied Conflict Analysis. Our ambition, as the Editorial Team, is to publish the best quality articles on research, case reports, the application of theory to practice and book reviews. JMACA is proud to be a generalist journal. We welcome articles from a very broad spectrum of our discipline including, conflict analysis in the fields of peacemaking, restorative practices, mediation practice in any specialism and research and theory applied to practice. We are happy to receive submissions from those working with a wide range of methodologies. We rely on the quality of submissions from our contributors, Irish and international, to place the journal among the very best. Our sincere gratitude goes to all our contributors and to the dedicated editorial board for their work for JMACA.








Editor: Delma Sweeney PhD, CQSW, Dip Supervision, MIAHIP, Practitioner Member MII.


Special Adviser: Michael Lang (see Editorial  Board below)










Patricia Abozaglo, Law BA, Practicing Cert., MA Development Studies, MII Cert.


Aileen O’Brien, B.A., H.Dip Mediation and Conflict Resolution Dip. Organisational and Workplace Professional Mediation, Dip. Personal and Executive Coaching


Treasa Kenny, Fellow, Chartered Institute of Personal Development, Practitioner Member MII, MA Education Training and Development, MA Mediation and Conflict Resolution.


Maggie Noone, Ba B.Soc.Sci, Diploma in Community and Family Studies.


Catherine O’Connell, MA Mediation and Conflict Resolution


Margaret Ramsay, H. Dip, BA, Fellow [CIPD], MA Mediation and Conflict Intervention.






Paul Arthur is a Distinguished Senior Research Fellow of the Kennedy Institute.   He was Professor of Politics and Director of the Graduate Programme in Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Ulster.  In 1997-98 he held a Senior Fellowship at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) in Washington DC where his research was in Track Two Diplomacy. He was the Jefferson Smurfit Distinguished Fellow in Irish Studies at the University of Missouri (2000).


Dale Bagshaw is Adjunct Associate Professor with the School of Psychology, Social Work & Social Policy, University of South Australia; previously a Head of the School of Social Work & Social Policy and Coordinator of the Centre for Peace, Conflict and Mediation at the Hawke Research Institute. She has held the position of President of the World Mediation Forum and is currently President of the Asia Pacific Mediation Forum.  She is an international mediation trainer, author of many book chapters and journal articles.


Geoffrey Corry is mediator with the Family Mediation Service where he is a senior mediator of 20 years’ service. Because of his previous management experience, he is called upon to mediate bullying disputes in organisational settings like hospitals, universities, churches and schools. He facilitated “dialogue workshops”, 55 of them in all, at Glencree Reconciliation Centre, Ireland.  He was one of the first workplace mediators in lreland. He has delivered mediation training for many years in Ireland and internationally.


Deirdre Curran, PhD, is employed as an academic at NUI Galway. Deirdre’s current area of research interest is workplace mediation.  Her most recent academic article explored the use of mediation in the resolution of collective industrial disputes. Deirdre is currently working on a comprehensive research project which explores the factors impacting mediator approach in different institutional contexts. Dr. Curran is an associate researcher with the Kennedy Institute for Conflict Intervention at NUI Maynooth and she co-ordinates a workplace mediation research group at the Institute.


Kieran Doyle is the Assistant Director of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute. Previously he taught in Athlone Institute of Technology, while also developing the Strategic Innovation Fund’s capacity for Work Based Learning partnerships between education and the workplace.  In 2008, he chaired a sector working group examining Employer – Learner Engagement with experiential learning systems. Formerly a commissioned officer in the Irish Defence Forces, Dr. Doyle served in the Military College and on various EU, NATO (PfP) and UN missions abroad.


Robert Galavan holds the Chair in Strategic Management at the School of Business. He was the founding Head and Professor of Business at NUI Maynooth and is a former Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences. He directs the MSc in Strategy and Innovation and is an Academic Director of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute. Robert has published several books, the including Strategy, Innovation and Change, was published by recently by Oxford University Press. His publications include Management Techniques in Context, and Management Techniques in Practice.


Anne Huff is the Founding Director of the Advanced Institute of Management Research (AIM).  She is an Academic Director of CLIC, the Centre for Leading Innovation & Cooperation at HHL – Leipzig Graduate School of Management and a Permanent Visiting Professor of Strategy and Innovation at the TUM Business Schoolin Munich. She had prior appointments at London Business School, Cranfield School of Management, and the Universities of Colorado, Illinois, and UCLA. She was appointed as Professor for Research Development in the School of Business, NUIM in 2011.


Michael Lang was Editor-in-Chief of Mediation Quarterly from 1995-2001, and a member of its editorial board from 1988-2007. He has authored numerous articles on mediation practice and is co-author of the book The Making of a Mediator: Developing Artistry in Practice.  In academic positions, Michael was Director of the Master of Arts Program in Conflict Resolution at Antioch University and was Professor in the Master of Science in Dispute Resolution Program at Royal Roads University. He is a practicing mediator and has delivered mediation training courses throughout the U.S., Canada and internationally.


Michelle LeBaron joined the UBC Law Faculty in 2003 as a full professor having been Director of the UBC Program on Dispute Resolution from 2003-2012. From 1993-2003, she taught at the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution and the Women’s Studies program at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. Prior to moving to the US, she directed the Multiculturalism and Dispute Resolution Project at the University of Victoria. She has lectured and consulted around the world on intercultural conflict resolution. Her books include Bridging Troubled Waters, Bridging Cultural Conflicts: A New Approach for a Changing World; Conflict Across Cultures: A Unique Experience of Bridging Differences and The Choreography of Resolution: Conflict, Movement and Neuroscience.


Dr Rob Kevlihan is Executive Director of the Kimmage Development Studies Centre in Dublin, Ireland. His research focuses on human security, humanitarian action and statebuilding. He has worked as both an academic and humanitarian/development practitioner, spending more than 15 years in the Global South, including Central and Southeast Asia and Africa. His book, entitled Aid, Insurgencies and Conflict Transformation, When Greed is Good has been republished by Routledge in paperback in 2017.