Bio (John Radford)

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John Radford

John Radford


Associate Faculty


Humanitarian Studies


John Radford is a conflict consultant, a conflict coach and co-owner of Vancouver-based Transpectives Consulting. He has been an associate faculty member in Royal Roads’ Conflict Analysis and Management program since 1998. His research interests include psychology of conflict, peace and reconciliation; how identity impacts deep-rooted conflict resolution; building capacity for conflict in relationally fragile communities; and utilizing internal conflict in conflict systems design. Radford has set international precedent in conflict systems design in areas such as relationship mapping for conflict systems analysis and the relationships by objectives (RBO) process for organizational conflict. He sits on the boards of African Enterprise Canada, Oasis Retreats and B.C. Olympics Volleyball.   


Since establishing Transpectives Consulting, along with fellow RRU associate faculty member Vi Neufeld, in 2001, Radford has built capacity for conflict in leaders, organizations, families and communities through training, conflict coaching, facilitation/mediation and conflict process design.  Radford was previously involved in conflict resolution and mediation in South Africa. In 1983, he was a founding member of the Independent Mediation Service of South Africa and was a professor and chair in the School of Management Studies at the University of Cape Town from 1993 to 2002.


Radford holds a PhD in organizational psychology, a BSc Honours in psychology and a BSc in psychology and chemistry from the University of Natal in South Africa. He has also received international training in deep-rooted conflict mediation through Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service of Britain, John Hopkins Institute for Peace and the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution. Radford is a certified mediator with Independent Mediation Service of South Africa on the Labour, Commercial, Community and Relationship Building Initiative panels.