Susan Sharpe, Ph.D.
Susan came to restorative justice with a professional background in conflict resolution, and holds professional certification in interest-based mediation and negotiation. She began facilitating victim-offender dialogue in 1994 and has specialized in restorative justice since 2001. Her publications include academic book chapters as well as internationally respected manuals on the sound practice of restorative justice. She has consulted for government and nonprofit agencies in Canada, the United States, and South Africa. She is a former board member of the international Victim Offender Mediation Association (VOMA).
Susan’s passion for restorative justice lies in its radical call for inclusion, dignity, and accountability. She believes that restorative justice demands more than helping victims, offenders, and their supporters discern the shape of justice in the circumstances that connect them. She believes that restorative justice also calls us to cultivate our personal, relational, and institutional capacities for justice—that is, to strengthen our readiness to name injustice and its effects, to take responsibility for the consequences of our actions, and to collaborate in the (re)creation of conditions that help people thrive. Her teaching, writing, and practice are dedicated to that end.