Professor Christian J. van Nieuwerburgh
Professor of Coaching and Positive Psychology
Christian is particularly interested in the integration of coaching and positive psychology, interculturally-sensitive coaching and the creation of positive organisational cultures.
Christian has a rich and diverse professional background. Starting his professional life in the family-owned business, he was a waiter and restaurant manager. While studying at university, he taught English Literature at a high school. For a while, he also taught first year undergraduates at American University of Beirut as a part-time lecturer. Subsequently, he moved into a marketing and business development role for a large coffee distribution firm in Lebanon. After moving to the UK in 1997 to undertake his PhD, Christian undertook a number of part-time jobs, including librarian, book-seller, breakfast waiter and box office assistant in Warwickshire while studying. After a role in the marketing department of the Royal Shakespeare Company, Christian spent about 10 years working in local government. Working for two local authorities' education departments, Christian developed an interest in professional development and the role of coaching in education. During his time in local government, he trained to become an executive coach and was part of the West Midlands Coaching and Mentoring Pool. After leaving local government in 2009, Christian became a part-time academic at the University of East London and set up his own educational consultancy. Christian has been programme leader for the MSc in Coaching Psychology at the University of East London, an adjunct academic on the International MSc in Applied Positive Psychology at Anglia Ruskin University and the Programme Director of the MSc in Coaching and Behavioural Change at Henley Business School. He currently splits his time between his academic role at the University of East London and consultancy work through Growth Coaching International.
Christian is a Belgian citizen living in the UK. He was born in Beirut, Lebanon where he attended the American Community School of Beirut through to graduation. His early experiences of school and university in the context of civil war, terrorism and military invasion convinced him of the merits of a good education. He is passionate about creating positive learning environments and the power of education to create hope and unlock potential. He moved permanently to the UK in 1997 with his wife and one-year-old child. He loves his work, being with his family, writing, seeing the world and riding on his motorcycle.
The use of coaching and positive psychology in educational settings
The application of coaching in various professional and cultural contexts
The concept of "coaching cultures"
The integration of coaching and positive psychology
Peer-reviewed journal articles
Robson-Kelly, L. & van Nieuwerburgh, C. (2016). What does coaching have to offer young people at risk of developing mental health problems? A grounded theory study. International Coaching Psychology Review, 11(1), 75-92.
Pritchard, M. & van Nieuwerburgh, C. (2016). The perceptual changes in life experience of at-risk adolescent girls following an integrated coaching and positive psychology intervention group programme: An interpretative phenomenological analysis. International Coaching Psychology Review, 11(1), 57-74.
Barr, M. & van Nieuwerburgh, C. (2015). Teachers’ experiences of an introductory coaching training workshop in Scotland: An interpretative phenomenological analysis. International Coaching Psychology Review, 10(2), 190-204.
van Nieuwerburgh, C. & Lech, A. (2015). Understanding the experiences of positive life changes during postgraduate study on a Masters in Applied Positive Psychology Programme: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. International Journal of Wellbeing, 5 (3), 72-84.
Dorrington, L. & van Nieuwerburgh, C. (2015). The development of peer coaching skills in primary school children: An exploration of how children respond to feedback. International Journal of Information and Education Technology, 5 (1), 50-54.
Gormley, H. & van Nieuwerburgh, C. (2014). Developing coaching cultures: a review of the literature. Coaching: An International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice, 7(1), 90-101.
van Nieuwerburgh, C. & Tong, C. (2013). Exploring the benefits of being a student coach in educational settings: A mixed methods study. Coaching: An International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice, 6(1), 5-24.
Knight, J. & van Nieuwerburgh, C. (2012). Instructional coaching: A focus on practice. Coaching: An International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice, 5(2), 100-112.
Briggs, M. & van Nieuwerburgh, C. (2011). Coaching cultures: The child’s perspective. ICERI 2011 Proceedings, 5076-5083.
Briggs, M. & van Nieuwerburgh, C. (2011). Ways of working. Coaching: An International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice, 4(2), 163–167.
Briggs, M. & van Nieuwerburgh, C. (2010). The development of peer coaching in primary school children in years 5 and 6. Procedia: Social and Behavioral Sciences, 9, 1415-1422.
van Nieuwerburgh, C. (2010). A commentary on ‘Holism in sports coaching: Beyond humanistic psychology’. International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching, 5(4), 463-464.
Practitioner-focused journal articles
van Nieuwerburgh, C. & Campbell, J. & Knight, J. (2015). Lesson in progress. Coaching at Work, 10(3), 35-37.
van Nieuwerburgh, C. & Campbell, J. (2015). A global framework for coaching in education. CoachEd: The Teaching Leaders Coaching Journal, 2015(1), 2–5.
van Nieuwerburgh, C. & Tunariu, A. (2013). Responding to a new landscape: Towards integrative practice. Coaching Today, 2013(8), 6-10.
van Nieuwerburgh, C. & Kyritsis, D. (2012). Time to start Skcoaching. Coaching Today, 2012(3), 15-18.
Campbell, J. & van Nieuwerburgh, C. (in press). Leader's Guide to Coaching in Schools. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.
van Nieuwerburgh, C. & Al-Laho, R. (in press). Coaching in Islamic Culture: The Principles and Practice of Ershad. London: Karnac.
van Nieuwerburgh, C. (2017). An Introduction to Coaching Skills: A Practical Guide. 2nd edition. London: Sage.
Giraldez-Hayes, A. & van Nieuwerburgh, C. (2016). Coaching Educativo. Madrid: Ediciones Paraninfo.
van Nieuwerburgh, C. (2016). Coaching in professional contexts. London: Sage.
van Nieuwerburgh, C. (2014). An Introduction to Coaching Skills: A Practical Guide. London: Sage.
van Nieuwerburgh, C. (ed.) (2012). Coaching in Education: Getting Better Results for Students, Educators and Parents. London: Karnac.
van Nieuwerburgh, C. (2017). Interculturally-sensitive coaching. In T. Bachkirova, G. Spence & D. Drake (eds), The Sage Handbook of Coaching. London: Sage.
van Nieuwerburgh, C. & Barr, M. (2017). Coaching in education. In T. Bachkirova, G. Spence & D. Drake (eds), The Sage Handbook of Coaching. London: Sage.
van Nieuwerburgh, C. & Green, S. (2014). Developing mental toughness in young people: Coaching as an applied positive psychology. In D. Strycharczyk & P. Clough (eds), Developing Mental Toughness in Young People for the Twenty First Century. London: Karnac.
Law, H. & van Nieuwerburgh, C. (2013). Coaching and coaching psychology. In R. Bayne & G. Jinks (eds), Applied Psychology: Research, Training and Practice. (2nd ed.). London: Sage.
van Nieuwerburgh, C. (2012). Coaching for mental toughness. In P. Clough & D. Strycharczyk (eds), Developing Mental Toughness: Improving Performance, Wellbeing and Positive Behaviour in Others. London: Kogan Page.
Briggs, M. & van Nieuwerburgh, C. (2011). The use of coaching to support educational leadership in primary and secondary schools in the UK. In I. Kocabas & R. Yirci (eds), Ogretmen ve Yonetici Yetistirmede Mentorluk [Mentoring Practices around the World]. Turkey: Ani Yayincilik.
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Possible keynote and workshop topics and areas of interest
Teaching at university
Evidence-based coaching theory and practice
The psychology of coaching
Coaching in education
Subjective wellbeing and happiness
Coaching in professional contexts