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. 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:

  • Crossing Borders: The training needs of overseas-trained social workers in New Zealand.
  • Educating future health care professionals to support people with chronic conditions. 

Community research projects include:

  • The experiences of HIV positive Black African Migrants in New Zealand. More information here: 
  • 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).
  • Research development and utilization in the social services. Visit the Growing Research in practice (GRIP) website


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 supervisions include:

  • Booysen, P. Counselling competency in NZ social work practice.
  • Chinnery, S. The importance of ‘state of mind’ in fostering a secure base.
  • Chubb, L. Creating Conversations: Using Community-Based Participatory Action Research to Develop a Platform for Sex Talk in Coast, Kenya.
  • Davys, A. Interprofessional supervision: Mapping the interface between professional knowledge, practice imperatives and difference.
  • KA Liya. Family reintegration experiences of young people after a positive youth development programme.
  • Mathew, A. The relationships between adolescents’ perceptions of family communication and adolescents’ internal strengths in India.
  • Rankine, M. An Aotearoa/New Zealand perspective of supervision within community social service environments.
  • Smith, K. The impact and management of values in social work practice.
  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • Webster, M. Social work leadership in Aotearoa New Zealand. 
  • Weld, N. Remaining on shaky ground: Exploring the concept of mental courage as perceived by older adults who survived the 2011 Christchurch earthquake.
  • Zhang, Wenli. Minimising gamling harm: lived experiences of Chinese casino players in New Zealand

Areas of expertise

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

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • 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
  • 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
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Allen Bartley
  • Fouche, C. B. (2015). Practice research partnerships in social work: making a difference. Bristol, UK: Policy Press. Pages: 192.
  • Fouche, C., Kenealy, T., Mace, J., & Shaw, J. (2014). Practitioner perspectives from seven health professional groups on core competencies in the context of chronic care. Journal of interprofessional care, 28 (6), 534-540. 10.3109/13561820.2014.915514
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: John Shaw, Timothy Kenealy
  • Fouché C, Beddoe, L., Bartley, A., & Brenton, N. (2014). Strengths And Struggles: Overseas Qualified Social Workers' Experiences In Aotearoa New Zealand. Australian Social Work, 67 (4), 551-566. 10.1080/0312407X.2013.783604
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Allen Bartley, Liz Beddoe
  • Fouche, C. B., Beddoe, E., Bartley, A., & De Haan, I. (2014). Enduring Professional Dislocation: Migrant Social Workers’ Perceptions of Their Professional Roles. British Journal of Social Work, 44 (7), 2004-2022. 10.1093/bjsw/bct054
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Allen Bartley, Irene De Haan, Liz Beddoe
  • Henrickson, M., Brown, D. B., Fouché C, Poindexter, C. C., & Scott, K. (2013). 'Just Talking About It Opens Your Heart': meaning-making among Black African migrants and refugees living with HIV. Culture, Health and Sexuality, 15 (8), 910-923. 10.1080/13691058.2013.790076
  • Poindexter, C. C., Henrickson, M., Fouché C, Brown, D., & Scott, K. (2013). "They don't even greet you": HIV Stigma and Diagnosis Disclosure Experienced by HIV-Positive African Immigrants and Refugees in New Zealand. Journal of HIV/AIDS and Social Services, 12 (1), 99-120. 10.1080/15381501.2013.765715

Contact details

Primary location

New Zealand