Natalie joined the Department of Food and Nutrition, and Sport Science in September 2011. Prior to this, she held a post-doctoral position at the Institute of Exercise and Health Sciences, University of Basel in Switzerland. Natalie gained her undergraduate qualifications in New Zealand (University of Otago and Victoria University) and conducted her doctoral research at The University of Queensland, Australia.
Natalie leads the Sports Coaching Education Program. Her teaching relates to socio-cultural aspects of sport and is mostly within the sports coaching program.
Natalie’s research interests include:
- Athlete and coach learning and development;
- Sport coaching practices;
- Coach-athlete relationship;
- Women's artistic gymnastics.
Photofilm about Natalie's research: http://www.iki.gu.se/forskning/intervjuer/
Natalie co-leads the research group SCoPE.
Current research projects
Barker-Ruchti, N., Grau, S., Schubring, A., & Hausken S. (2016-) Injury-free youth athletes: Towards best practice in Swedish sport (FIT project), a project funded by Centrum för Idrottsforskning.
Schubring, A., Barker-Ruchti, N., Pettersson, S. & Post, A. (2015-2016) 'The impact of performance-enhancing drugs on Olympic sporting careers: A longitudinal case study', a research project funded by the Centrum för Idrottsforskning and Adlerbertska forskningsstiftelsen. Project website: http://iki.gu.se/forskning/pagaende/paths-to-rio
Barker-Ruchti, N., Kerr, R., Nunomura, M. & Schubring, A. (2013-2016) ’”Coming of age”: Towards best practice in women’s artistic gymnastics’, a research project funded by the Lincoln University Research Fund, the University of Sao Paulo and the Centrum för Idrottsforskning. Project website: http://iki.gu.se/forskning/pagaende/coming-of-age
Barker-Ruchti, N., Hofmann, A., Lindgren, EC., Shelton, C. & Sinning, S. (2013) ‘Top-level women’s football coaches: Tracing exceptional career pathways‘, a research project funded by the João Havelange Research Scholarship and Centrum för Idrottsforskning. Link to final report.
Barker-Ruchti, N., Barker, D. & Annerstedt, C. (2012-2014) ‘Positive coaching practices: Towards best practice‘ a research project funded by Centrum för Idrottsforskning.