Professional Summary

Monique Kwachou is a Cameroonian feminist researcher and writer with a deep passion for education and youth work. She has over ten years’ experience working at the intersection of gender, higher education and youth development within academia and the NGO sector. Her research interests revolve around African-feminist thought, engendering, decolonizing and improving [higher] education for African development. Her doctoral research focused on the capacity of higher education to enable the substantive empowerment of Cameroonian women. Monique’s work as a youth development practitioner has underscored proactive strategies for addressing youth development issues in Cameroon.

Relevant Career Experience

Research Associate

University of Bristol, United Kingdom

March, 2023 - Present

  • Undertaking multidisciplinary research and publishing on the Creative Lives of Francophone African Countries
  • Conceptualizing and implementing Participatory Action Research
  • Facilitating the planning and implementation of research workshops, colloquiums and exhibitions

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Higher Education and Human Development Research Group, UFS- South Africa

April, 2021 - Present

  • Undertaking research and publishing on higher education, with a focus on human development and social justice.
  • Supervising student research projects
  • Facilitating the running of research group activities such as seminars

Gender Studies Instructor (Part-time)

University of Buea

November 2015 - March 2018

  • Research and preparation of undergraduate feminist studies course curricula.
  • Reviewing department curriculum for decolonizing curriculum project.
  • Lecturing,assessing students work,invigilating examinations, etc.

Students' Affairs Officer (Full-time)

University of Buea

May 2016 - March 2018

  • Supporting the role of Director of Students' Affairs
  • Coordinating or facilitating the implementation of student welfare projects, sexual harrassment policy, outreach projects (such as campus open days), student executive elections and more
  • Providing student counseling, advocating on behalf of students with disabilities, first responder for student complaints

Founder and Executive Coordinator

Better Breed Cameroon

2013 - Present

  • Coordinating the conception, planning, implementation and evaluation of quarterly youth development projects in Cameroon
  • Providing research consultancy services through Betterment Briefs Unit and advocating for youth issues initiatives at local and national level.
  • Product conception and overall management of Memorabilia (social enterprise) unit

Freelance Writer/Content Creator

Assorted Platforms

2010 - Present

  • Have served as content creator for instiutional social media accounts
  • Have done content writing and blog management of personal blog since 2012
  • Have facilitated university administration in corporate commmunication and the development of outreach/promotional material such as institutional newsletters for students/young people
  • Have written and published fiction, creative nonfiction, editorial pieces and poetry for publications such as This is Africa, Africa is Country, Bakwa Magazine, The Caine Prize for African Writing and more

Educational Background

Ph.D in Development Studies

University of the Free State, South Africa

March 2018 - Feb 2021

M.A in Education, Gender and International Development

UCL Institute of Education, London

September 2014 - October 2015

Certificate in Creative Writing

City University, London

January 2015 - April 2015

BSc. Womens Studies and Sociology (double major)

University of Buea

2008 - 2012

Relevant Skills, Publications & Affiliations

Relevant Skills

    • Language Skills: English (full professional proficiency); French (novice); Pidgin English/West African Creole (native speaker)80%
    • Research Skills: Versed in NVivo statistical package70%
    • Computer Skills: Versed in Microsoft Windows and Mac OSX operating systems, Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, Publisher, and PowerPoint), HTML Blog designing 78%

    Selected Publications

    Academic Research
    Kwachou, M. (Forthcoming). How A Cameroonian University Is Unintentionally Producing African-Feminists, and Why It Must Be More Intentional. Critical African Studies
    Kwachou, M. (2020). Cameroonian women’s empowerment through higher education: an African-feminist and Capability Approach. Doctoral Thesis, University of the Free State, South Africa.
    Kwachou, M. (2015). Engendering Cameroon one Feminist at a Time? An Exploration into the Influence of Studying Women and Gender Studies on Past and Present Students of the University of Buea. Master’s Dissertation-UCL Institute of Education
    Kwachou, M. (2016) 'When Your Teachers Fail You: The Necessity of Improving Teachers Training for Quality Education in Cameroon' In Young African Leaders Journal on Development, Vol. 1, pp. 105 - 113.

    Creative Writing
    Kwachou, M. (2019). ‘Lifesavers’ In Of Passion and Ink: New Voices from Cameroon. Bakwa Books
    Kwachou, M. (2015). ‘The Brides Gift’ In It Wasn’t Exactly Love. Farafina Trust Publishing, Nigeria
    Kwachou, M. (2011). ‘Seeing Grey’ In Summoning the Rains and Other Stories. FEMRITE Uganda Press
    Kwachou, M. (2011). ‘Afritude’ In To See the Mountain and Other Stories. New Internationalist, UK
    Kwachou, M. (2010). Writing Therapy: A Collection of Poems. Langaa RPCIG, Cameroon

    Selected Professional Affiliations

    Anglophone Cameroon Writers Association
    Cameroon Chevening Alumni Association
    Moremi Initiative for Women’s Leadership in Africa (MILEAD) Network
    Society of Gender Professionals African-feminist Initiative
    South African Education Research Association (SAERA)