Staff Profile


Dr Charles Fonchingong Che

Senior Lecturer

School: School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work

Campus: Canterbury Main Campus

Tel: 01227 922070

Profile summary

Charles Fonchingong Che holds a doctorate (PhD, Social Policy) degree from the School of Social policy, Sociology and Social research, University of Kent, UK, MA in Social Work (distinction), University of Ibadan, Nigeria, BA -Sociolinguistics and Modern Letters from the University of Yaoundé, Cameroon. He taught previously at the University of Buea, Cameroon, sessional lecturer at the University of Kent (2005-2007), and Canterbury Christ Church University (2011-2013) and re-joined 2016-present.

Currently. I am Programme Director for MA social Work at Canterbury Christ Church University with teaching responsibility for Sociology and Social Policy at MA and specialist modules such as Safeguarding and foundations of social work practice. I undetarke Dissertation supervision at MA level and co-convene the Dissertation module -Final year BA.

I have been a visiting research fellow at the University of Oxford, International Gender Studies centre, and serve as external examiner for MA and Doctorate dissertations at the Universities of Chester, UK, Cape Town and Fort Hare in South Africa. I have been a collaborating researcher with the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) Geneva (2013-2015) on the project social and solidarity economy.

I am a registered social work practitioner with Social Work England (SWE), have worked in Mental health with East Kent NHS Trust and local government with Essex County Council as self-directed support practitioner (2008-2011) with older adults.

Research and knowledge exchange

Dr Fonchingong main research interests lie in the areas of social policy for older adults, community development in under-resourced settings, gender and livelihoods, social work with vulnerable groups -the elderly, mental ill health, spatial inequality. He has published widely on intersecting issues of social policy, politics of development and peripheral disadvantage in marginal communities. Dr Fonchingong authored a book entitled: ‘Growing old in Cameroon: Gender, Vulnerability and Social Capital’, University Press of America (2013).

Teaching and subject expertise

Teaching 2019/2020

Undergraduate: Dissertation


Post graduate (core): Convenor of Critical perspectives in Sociology, Social policy andSsocial work

Post graduate (core): Co-convenor Developing a research Proposal Module.

External activities

Community and Business

Dr Fonchingong is currently engaged in research at the interface of social work, social policy, livelihoods and solidarity in peripheral communities. His work is particularly connected to the research championed by the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) and International Centre of Research and Information on the Public, Social and Cooperative Economy (CIRIEC) on social and solidarity economy, in improving social welfare provision for disadvantaged groups.

Dr Fonchingong has served as Journal Reviewer for GeoJournal, International Journal of Human Rights, Social Policy & Anthropology, Politics and Policy, Social Policy Reviewer for Sage Journals, Commended 2015, and core reviewer for MDPI Journals - Sustainability, Social Sciences, Challenges, Societies, with Reviewer commendation from Publisher (2019).

Publications and research outputs

Selected Publications



  • Fonchingong, C. C. (2017) - Shoring up local development initiatives: Elderly elite and conscientised empowerment, International Development Planning Review, 39 (2), 123-142, Liverpool University Press.
  • Fonchingong, C. C. (2016) -Legitimating Social Inequality: Political elites, ethnic peddling and dislocated constituencies, European Scientific Journal, Vol 12, No.26, pp.163-183






  • Fonchingong, C. C. (2013) - Growing Old in Cameroon: Gender, Vulnerability and Social Capital, University Press of America, 2013


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