Director of the University of Johannesburg Olympic Studies Centre
Professor Cora Burnett is a research professor and lectures in the sociology of sport and research methodology with specialisation in monitoring, evaluation and impact assessment. She is a National Research Foundation-rated researcher and holds two doctorates, one in Physical Education and one in Anthropology. She is currently completing an MA in Olympic Studies through the German Sport University in Cologne.
It is her vision that the UJ OSC will become a vibrant hub of research in the field of Olympic Studies. She hopes to bring knowledge and opportunity to all the corners of the African continent with multiple stakeholders and being as inclusive as possible so that all will benefit from its agency.
She is also currently serving a second term as vice president for the International Sociology of Sport Management (ISSA) and serves on various international and national research journals' editorial boards. As a dedicated researcher and educator, her aim is to empower people and contribute to social transformation and positive change in the lives of people – especially vulnerable populations.
She lists her career highlights as developing a Sport for Development Impact Assessment Tool and presenting it at the UNICEF Head Office in New York, the publication of 'Stories from the Field' and co-authoring a textbook 'Sport in Society: Issues and Controversies' with Jay Coakley. She believes that these are all expressions of her conviction that "nobody knows better, all know different."