Dr Siew-Fang Law

Dr Siew-Fang Law

PhD (RMIT University) MSc in Social and Applied Psychology (University of Kent at Canterbury, UK) BA (St Mary University, Canada)

Senior Lecturer, College of Arts & Education

Dr Siew Fang Law is a Senior Lecturer at Victoria University in Melbourne, Australia.

She is also:

  • coordinator of the postgraduate programs in International Community Development in the College of Arts
  • a member of Centre for Culture Diversity and Wellbeing
  • a member of the Communities, Identities and Displacement Research Network.

She teaches in the areas of peace, conflict, violence and conflict resolution.

Siew Fang received her PhD at RMIT University, Australia, and completed her Master of Science in Social Psychology at the University of Kent in Canterbury, England.

Siew Fang is a member of the Committee for the Psychological Study of Peace, and an Associate Editor of the Journal of Social and Political Psychology. As a practitioner, she mediates community disputes as a nationally Accredited Mediator in Australia and has worked with UNDP and UNESCO in Southeast Asia.

Recent publications

Books

Bretherton, D. & Law, S. F. (2015). Methodologies in Peace Psychology: Peace Research for Peaceful Means, New York: Springers Publishing.

Refereed journal articles

Law, S.F. (2016). Unknowing researcher’s vulnerability: Re-searching inequality on an uneven playing field. Journal of Social and Political Psychology. 4(2), 521–536.

Law, S.F. & Karnilowicz, W. (2015). 'In our country it’s just poor people who ride a bike': Place, displacement and cycling in Australia, Journal of Community and Applied Psychology, 25, 296–309.

Sonn, C., Qualye, A. Mackenzie, C. & Law, S.F. (2014). Negotiating belonging in Australia through storytelling and encounter, Identities: Global Studies in Cultures and Power, 21(5), 551-569.

Law, S.F., Sonn, C. & Mackenzie, C. (2014). Situating peace in the globalised wra: perspectives of youth peace-builders in Laos, Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, 20(2), 109-123.

Law, S.F. (2014). South Sudanese Perspective of Dispute and Dispute Resolution in Australia, Australasia Dispute Resolution Journal, 45-54.

Refereed chapters

Law, S.F. & Ramos, J. (2016). Participatory Knowledge Co-Creation: Using Digital Mapping as an Emancipatory Method. In M. Seedat, S. Suffla & D.J. Christie (Eds), Emancipatory Methods: Case Studies in Participatory Research. New York: Springer.

Law, S.F. & MacKenzie, C. (2016). “Aussie Aussie Aussie, Oi Oi Oi”: Situating and Understanding Social Identities in Australia. In McKeown, S., Haji, R. & Ferguson, N. (Eds.). Understanding Peace and Conflict Through Social Identity Theory: Contemporary and World-Wide Perspectives. New York: Springer.

Law, S.F. & Bretherton, D. (2016). The Imbalance between Knowledge Paradigms of North and South: Implications for Peace Psychology. In Seedat, M., Suffla, S. & Christie, D. (Eds). Enlarging the Scope of Peace Psychology: African and World-Regional Contributions. New York: Springer.

Law, S.F. & Bretherton, D. (2015). Qualitative research in peace psychology. In Bretherton, D. & Law, S.F. (eds.). Peace Research for Peaceful Means: Methodologies in Peace Psychology (pp. 89-114), New York: Springers Publishing.

Bretherton, D. & Law, S.F. (2015). Methodologies in peace psychology. In Bretherton, D. & Law, S.F. (eds.). Peace Research for Peaceful Means: Methodologies in Peace Psychology (pp. 1-18), New York: Springers Publishing.

Conference presentations

Law, S.F. & Bretherton, D. (2015). Reconciling paradigms from North and South: toward a more inclusive peace psychology. The 14th International Psychological Study of Peace, Johannesburg, South Africa, May, 2015.

Bretherton, D. Law, S.F. (2015). Enacting peace psychology research and scholarship peacefully. The 14th International Psychological Study of Peace, Johannesburg, South Africa, May, 2015.

Law, S.F. & Pal, P. (2014). What Fence Dispute? South Sudanese Perspectives of Dispute and Dispute Resolution. Pathways to Resolution: The Challenge of Diversity. National Mediation Conference. Melbourne, September 2014.

Law, S.F. (2014). A Critical Reflection on Different ‘Power’ in Mediation. Pathways to Resolution: The Challenge of Diversity. National Mediation Conference. Melbourne, September 2014.

Law, S.F. (2014). Situating Peace in the Globalised Era: Perspectives of Youth Peace-builders in Laos, International Congress of Applied Psychology, Paris. July 2014.

Teaching responsibilities

Postgraduate research students and fellows

Completions

3 Honours students, 3 Masters by Coursework Minor Thesis students

Current supervision

2 PhD students

Research grants

Collaborative Research Network (CRN). 2012-2014.

VU Learning and Teaching Grants. 2010, $19,628

Student-as-Staff Grants. 2010-2011, $5,000

VU Research Development Grant. 2012-2013. Co-Investigator: Associate Professor Christopher Sonn. $22,419

VU Start Up Funds, 2011-2012. $4,000

School of Social Sciences and Psychology Postdoctoral Research Fund. 2011-2014.

Scanlon Foundation. 2011. $18,000

The Australian High Commission for UNESCO Grant, 2005, $5,000.

Professional memberships

  • National Accredited Mediator, Australia
  • Board of Committee for the Psychological Study of Peace

Industry experience

Consultant - United Nations Development Programs (UNDP), Malaysia

Consultant - United Nations Education, Culture and Sciences (UNESCO), Indonesia

Consultant - Mandala Foundation, Australia

Areas of expertise

  • Culture and identity
  • Dispute resolution
  • Mediation
  • Peace and peace-building
  • Peace psychology

Contact details

+61 3 9919 5224