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Elme Vivier

Senior Research Fellow

Nottingham Business School


Elmé is a Senior Research Fellow in the RSB Lab. Her role involves conceptualising, managing and contributing to research projects, and producing and disseminating research outputs. She also manages and co-facilitates the Values-Driven Leadership executive development course, which is offered in South Africa, Kenya and Egypt, and teaches on the Responsible and Sustainable Leadership MBA module.

Career overview

Elmé holds a masters degree in philosophy and a PhD in leadership from the University of Pretoria in South Africa. Prior to joining Nottingham Trent University, Elmé lived and worked in South Africa. Her academic career began at the University of Pretoria where she taught classes in philosophy and business ethics. She then joined the Human Sciences Research Council in the unit for Democracy, Governance and Service Delivery, where she was involved in a variety of qualitative and quantitative research, and increasingly focused on local governance and community engagement interfaces and methods. While completing her PhD, Elmé worked as an independent researcher on projects exploring social accountability and integrity in local urban governance systems, and piloting community-base monitoring methods and community leadership in informal settlement contexts. In between, Elmé facilitated leadership development modules on community engagement and development tailored to municipal officials, and completed a masters degree in creative writing (with a focus on poetry) from Rhodes University.

Research areas

  • Public and community leadership
  • Local governance
  • Community engagement
  • Cross-sectoral collaboration
  • Developing country contexts