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Mr Charles Che Fonchingong

Senior Lecturer in Social Work, Canterbury Christ Church University

Senior Lecturer in Social Work, Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University
Kent, CT1 1QU
United Kingdom


Dr. Fonchingong formerly lectured at the University of Buea, Cameroon in the Department of Women and Gender Studies. He holds a PhD in Social Policy of the University of Kent and a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. His research for his PhD focused on 'Gender Dynamics of Elderly Welfare and Semi-Formal Protection in Cameroon'. His publications have appeared in well-regarded Journals amongst which are Gender and Development, GeoJournal, African and Asian Studies, Environment, Sustainabilty and Development Journal, Jenda Journal, the African Journal of AIDS Research, Social Identities and UNESCO's International Social Science Journal.

Key research/capacity building interests

Research Interests
• Civil society and citizen participation
• Elderly support and livelihoods
• Gender and community development
• Social policy and politics of development

Capacity Building Interests
• Teaching of social science research methods

Key methodological skills
• Qualitative methods (focus groups,interviews, participant observation, ethnography, field analysis, case studies)
• Quantitative methods (surveys, questionnaire construction, regression analysis, SPSS)

Current/planned research
• Semi-formal social protection in Cameroon
• Gender dynamics of elderly support
• Role of the elderly in community development initiatives
• Pension administration and reform in Cameroon
• Social policy in colonial and post-colonial Cameroon

Current engagement in capacity building
Part-time teaching of social research methods at the School of Social Policy, Sociology, and Social Research, University of Kent at Canterbury