Rachel Nayani

PhD, MBA, Dr, BSc (First Class Honours), Postgraduate certificate in Education

  • 2.34 Thomas Paine Study Centre

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Personal profile


Rachel Nayani is an Associate Professor in Organisational Behaviour and HRM, a member of the Employment Systems and Institutions (ESI) research group and Peer Review College at Norwich Business School, University of East Anglia. 

I am a qualitative research expert, specialising on case study designs. I've undertaken research for the Economic Social Research Council (ESRC), British Academy of Management and Leverhulme Trust. I have published in journals such the British Journal of Management, is a member of the editorial board of the European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology.

My research focus is on employees perspectives and implementation of organisational practices and processes that facilitate equality and inclusion, positive employee behaviour and workplace wellbeing, with a focus on the dynamics around relationships, behaviour and sustainable change.

Doctoral supervision

I have supervised a number of student to completion of their PhD and served as an examiner. Currently have an opening for doctoral candidates, especially in the fields of  workplace diversity, workplace practices for green behaviours.


Experienced management consultant with specialisms in translation of research into practice and organisational change management. Contributor to EVOLVE Workplace Wellbeing tools.

Key Research Interests

Research interests

  • Workplace practices for diversity and inclusion
  • Women in STEM
  • Workplace practices for Employee wellbeing
  • Practices and processes for environmental sustainability
  • Organizational authenticity


Administrative Posts

Disability Liaison Officer, Norwich Business School (cover for study leave) 2019-2020

Member of Norwich Business School Equality and  Diversity Panel 2019-

Member of the Norwch Business School Athena Swan Panel, 2017-2018

Member of the UEA wide Research Staff Working Group, 2014-2017

Member of NBS Research and Enterprise Executive, 2015-2017

Teaching Interests


Management consultancy mentoring of live international management consultancy projects (Executive MBA)

Module Leader: The Dynamic Organisation: Practicing Organisation Development (3rd year U/G)



Academic Background


Academic employment

2022 – ongoing Associate Professor, Norwich Business School, University of East Anglia

2017 – 2022    Lecturer, Norwich Business School, University of East Anglia

2015 – 2017    Senior Research Associate, Norwich Business School, University of East Anglia

2012 – 2014    Research Associate, Norwich Business School, University of East Anglia

 Practitioner employment

1998 – 2008    Management Consultant, Change Capgemini Ernst & Young, London.

Specialist in implementation and people aspects of change, change implementation and management, process re-design etc. for international and FTSE 250 clients

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy

Award Date: 1 Dec 2017

Master of Business Administration, Cranfield University

Award Date: 1 Jan 1998

Bachelor of Science, Open University

Award Date: 1 Jan 1993

External positions

Visiting scholar on the CLAHRC Research Fellowship Programme, NIHR CLAHRC - East of England

1 Oct 2015 → …


  • Management
  • Diversity, wellbeing, sustainable change, practices

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