Professor Christa Fouche



Christa has worked as an educator, researcher, social worker, manager, and consultant in various contexts internationally. She has developed advanced skills in leadership, teaching, and research scholarship and substantial expertise in the fields of workforce development and chronic illness. She is Director of the Centre for Community Research and Evaluation (CCRE) and actively involved in several practice-based research initiatives. As an applied researcher, she has significant experience in developing and maintaining effective networks with multiple stakeholders through active involvement with interdisciplinary and culturally diverse teams. Research on workforce development in the health and social services include the migrant professional workforce, with a particular focus on employees’ experiences of work and career wellness. Projects in the field of chronic illness build on expertise in HIV/AIDS, aged care, and health care delivery. She has conducted research and published widely on the creative utilisation of community-based sites and practice-based research strategies to enable research that makes a difference in practice. She has extensive experience as research supervisor and external examiner at universities internationally and act as reviewer and board member for various professional journals. 

Research | Current

Projects focused on aspects of health and chronic illness and on workforce development in the social services include:

  • African Child and Youth Health in the Context of Migration and Displacement 
  • HiddenVoices: An exploration of the health needs of children growing up out of place
  • Boom Towns: Effective social service provision at the intersect of local government, the not-for-profit and the private sector
  • Crossing Borders: The training needs of overseas-trained social workers  

Recent community research projects include:

  • Immersive reality experiences of young people living with a terminal illness (in partnerships with the Starship Foundation and the Patience Project
  • The experiences of HIV positive Black African Migrants in New Zealand. Refer to the co-authored book with Prof Mark Henrickson: Vulnerability and Marginality in Human Services.
  • Work-life experiences of people caring for individuals living with Alzheimers disease. Refer to the co-authored book with Marilyn Waring: Managing Mayhem: Work Life Balance in New Zealand.
  • Growing Research in Practice: Research development and utilization in the social services. 
  • Visit the Centre for Community Research and Evaluation website for practice-research partnerships and projects 


Postgraduate supervision

Christa has supervised to successful completion, research projects of Honours, Masters and Doctoral candidates in the social sciences on a wide range of topics and methodologies.

She currently acts as external examiner and/or moderator for Honours, Masters and Doctoral course work and research dissertations for different academic departments of a number of Universities internationally. Current Doctoral and Mssters supervisions include:

  • Misra, A. Leadership skills for Māori organisations
  • Coffey, D. Early intervnetion wellbeing support in primary practice and community settings
  • Han, Y. The lived experiences of couples in culturally diverse relationships
  • Burke, A. Male victims of intimate partner violence
  • Thompson, A. Health care providers working together with families of a child with an undiagnosed neurological disorder to access, interpret, and use health care information
  • Urale-Baker, N. Pesepesega o le mavaega: Singing the farewell in Samoan funerals
  • Baskaran, V. In Sight and Mind: Virtual Inclusion Initiatives for Home or Hospital Bound (HHB) Children
  • Zhang, Wenli. Minimising gamling harm: lived experiences of Chinese casino players in New Zealand
  • O'Connor, B. Normalizing  legislated child protection policies in schools

Recently completed doctoral candidates include: 

  • Weld, N. Remaining on shaky ground: Exploring the concept of mental courage as perceived by older adults who survived the 2011 Christchurch earthquake (2018)
  • KA Liya. Family reintegration experiences of young people after a positive youth development programme (2018)
  • Mathew, A. The relationships between adolescents’ perceptions of family communication and adolescents’ internal strengths in India (2019)
  • Smith, K. The impact and management of values in social work practice (2020)
  • Thakkar, H.  ‘When I am no longer alive’: Understanding the influence of State funded supports and natural supports on the aspirations and apprehensions of the parents of severely disabled young adults (2018)
  • Chinnery, S. The importance of ‘state of mind’ in fostering a secure base (2019)
  • Chubb, L. Creating Conversations: Using Community-Based Participatory Action Research to Develop a Platform for Sex Talk in Coast, Kenya (2018)
  • Davys, A. Interprofessional supervision: Mapping the interface between professional knowledge, practice imperatives and difference (2019)
  • Booysen, P. Counselling competency in NZ social work practice (2017)
  • Rankine, M. An Aotearoa/New Zealand perspective of supervision within community social service environments (2017)
  • Webster, M. Social work leadership in Aotearoa New Zealand (2017)

Areas of expertise

Research and teaching expertise focus on research methodologies, practice research, health and chronic illness and on workforce development in the social services.

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Fouche, C. B., & Chubb, L. A. (2020). Results to practice: Navigating complexities to create meaningful impact. In L. Joubert, M. Webber (Eds.) The Routledge Handbook of Social Work Practice Research (pp. ). Routledge. 10.4324/9780429199486
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Laura Chubb
  • Thompson, J., Fairbrother, H., Spencer, G., Curtis, P., Fouche, C., Hoare, K., ... Smith, M. (2019). Promoting the health of children and young people who migrate: reflections from four regional reviews. Global health promotion10.1177/1757975919888452
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Melody Smith
  • Urale, P. W. B., O'Brien MA, & Fouche, C. B. (2019). The relationship between ethnicity and fertility in New Zealand. KOTUITUI-NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF SOCIAL SCIENCES ONLINE, 14 (1), 80-94. 10.1080/1177083X.2018.1534746
  • Spencer, G., Smith, M., Thompson, J., Fairbrother, H., Hoare, K., Fouché C, & Curtis, P. (2018). Health experiences of children and young people who migrate – Opportunities for health education. Health Education Journal, 001789691878676-001789691878676. 10.1177/0017896918786767
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Melody Smith
  • Henrickson, M., & Fouché C (2017). Vulnerability and marginality in human services. London: Routledge. Pages: 166. 10.4324/9781315547855
  • Fouché CB, & Chubb, L. A. (2017). Action researchers encountering ethical review: a literature synthesis on challenges and strategies. Educational Action Research, 25 (1), 23-34. 10.1080/09650792.2015.1128956
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Laura Chubb
  • Fouché C, & Bartley, A. (2016). Teaching Data Analysis to the Data-Averse: A Framework for Educators. Journal of Teaching in Social Work, 36 (1), 70-83. 10.1080/08841233.2016.1125231
  • Fouché C, Beddoe, L., Bartley, A., & Parkes, E. (2016). Are we ready for them? Overseas-qualified social workers' professional cultural transition. European Journal of Social Work, 19 (1), 106-119. 10.1080/13691457.2015.1022858
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Liz Beddoe, Allen Bartley

Contact details

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New Zealand