Research Community

The Institute of Coaching has a mission of supporting high quality research in coaching and connecting researchers to exchange ideas, collaborate and plan joint research projects. We offer many opportunities and platforms for catalyzing connections and collaborations.

To connect with fellow researchers and identify their area of focus, visit our Membership site.

To access many resources, examples of published empirical and theoretical work in coaching visit the Resource database. It includes full text papers from Coaching: An International Journal of Theory, Research, and Practice, International Journal of Evidence-Based Coaching and Mentoring, Leadership Quarterly, The Journal of Positive Psychology.

To view the research conducted by the Harnisch scholars, through grants from the Institute of Coaching, visit the Harnisch Researchers and Featured Research pages, as well as our Resource database which contains the final grant reports written by the scholars.

In 2015 we also started publishing a Research Digest, sponsored by Meyer-Campbell. The Research Digest features abstracts from selected, as well as links to papers when available, published in leading journals including Coaching: An International Journal of Theory, Research, and Practice, International Journal of Evidence-Based Coaching and Mentoring, Leadership Quarterly, The Journal of Positive Psychology and Consulting Psychology Journal: Practice and Research (APA).  

Suggested Resources:

Kauffman, C: De-mystifying Research



STUDY:  Understanding coaching engagement content: an empirical taxonomy of themes

Dear colleagues

We would be extremely grateful if you could take part in a research project that has the potential to be exceptionally influential for organisations and new generations of coaches. In this research we are not confirming whether coaching works or exploring what coaches do - we want to know what topics are discussed in coaching: the content of coaching conversations. This research became possible because of the funding from the Institute of Coaching helping us to investigate an area where no significant research has been carried out previously.

The result of this research will help organisations to have a realistic view of what kind of conversations are useful for clients and for educators to develop more specialised training and CPD for coaches.

Please, help us to generate this knowledge. In this specially developed website, you will be able to indicate completely anonymously the general topics of your coaching sessions at three points of your engagements from the options provided. You will be able to do it as many times as you like up to 11 May 2020. We also promise to make this website worthwhile for you to revisit by providing various ideas and updates.

You can find all the information that you would need to take part in this website:   Please contact us if you have any questions: or

Kind regards
Prof Tatiana Bachkirova and Dr Peter Jackson
Oxford Brookes University
International Centre for Coaching and Mentoring Studies


STUDY: The “Grey Space” Where the boundaries between therapy and coaching blur

You are being invited to take part in this research study.

Little is known about the lived experience of how coaches navigate the ethical and boundary issues when working with a coachee on stress management or when a coachee presents that they have or may be having a mental health issue. This research is to collaboratively explore the differences and similarities of how coaches navigate the grey space.

Aims:  To better understand how coaches can enhance our practices and management of the grey space while engaging in stress management, resilience and personal development coaching, through shared knowledge and collaborative learning. To improve the management of boundaries and ethics both for coaches within practice and to safeguard coachees/clients.

The research will be conducted through an action research inquiry, with the incorporation of a retrospective critical reflection, autoethnographic personal reflexive narrative, and the consideration of discourse analysis. There will be 2 workshops held (virtual or face to face), which will take place in March 2020, and then again meeting once more between July-Aug 2020.

For details and documentation about the research, please visit the study Website and contact the author.


Lauretta Cundy, MSc
Doctoral Candidate in Professional Studies in Coaching
Middlesex University

Mary Hartog
Middlesex University

Note: The Institute of Coaching helps to connect researchers with potential participants and thus to support the advancement of coaching research.  The IOC has not been involved in the design, implementation or evaluation of this study.