Natalie Cunningham

Natalie Cunningham


Personal profile


Natalie's research interests are leadership development, organisational culture, coaching and talent managment. She is keen to see how these aspects can enable an organisation to successfully achieve its goals.Natalie is also interested in research methodology with a particular interest in qualitative research. She has written articles and a chapter in a text book on constructivist grounded theory. She is further interested in Interpretive Phenomeology Analysis (IPA), Autoethnography and Narrative research. Natalie believes how we see ourselves in our research will have an impact on the findings that emerge.

The interesction between academia and practitioners is a space that Natalie believes can be further enhanced with mutual learning and co-creation of knowledge taking place.

Natalie is Co-Director of the Masters of Leadership for Development. She is leading a study looking at the lifelong learning and educational needs of the Development sector.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Developing Coaching Theory based on the lived experience of coached executives (Constructivist Grounded theory study), University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

2 Feb 201121 Dec 2016

Award Date: 23 Mar 2017

Master of Business Administration, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

2 Feb 19972 Feb 1998

Award Date: 2 Apr 1998

Bachelor of Arts, Medical Social Work Honours, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

30 Jan 19831 Dec 1986

Award Date: 2 Apr 1987

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Global Development Institute


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