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Nathanael Ojong

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Department of Social Science

Assistant Professor

Office: 324 Founders College
Phone: 4167362100 Ext: 22866
Email: nojong@yorku.ca


I am associated with the International Development Studies program. I completed my Ph.D in Development Studies at the Graduate Institute of International & Development Studies (Switzerland). I am interested more broadly in questions related to the livelihood dynamics of marginalized groups of people in sub-Saharan Africa.

As an interdisciplinary scholar, I draw on economic sociology and economic anthropology to investigate the everyday practices of low-income people in sub-Saharan Africa. In my book, ‘The Everyday Life of the Poor in Cameroon' (with Routledge), I propose a rethinking of how we understand poverty by revealing how the poor navigate different spaces and use social networks to meet everyday needs. I show how social networks enable low income Cameroonians to meet their needs while remaining sites of power and agency, embedded in economic, socio-cultural and gendered dynamics.

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Degrees

Ph.D., Development Studies, Graduate Institute of International & Development Studies
M.A., Development Management, University of Westminster
B.A. (Hons.), Political Science, University of Buea

Appointments

Faculty of Graduate Studies

Professional Leadership

Manuscript reviewing for journals:

Journal of Rural Studies
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Forum for Development Studies
Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance
Healthcare
African Review of Economics and Finance
Journal of Trust Research
Forum for Social Economics
Journal of Small Business & Entrepreneurship
SN Business & Economics

Research Interests

, Renewable energy, Rural & urban livelihoods, Poverty and social networks, Microfinance and microenterprise
Books

Publication
Year

The Everyday Life of the Poor in Cameroon: The Role of Social Networks in Meeting Needs.
Routledge

2020

Book Chapters

Publication
Year

(with Simba A) ‘Diaspora networks: a social capital source for entrepreneurship in low-income and emerging economies’, In: Hack-Polay D., Siwale J. (eds) African Diaspora Direct Investment. London: Palgrave Macmillan

2018

Book Reviews

Publication
Year

Microcredit's Real Revolution [La vraie révolution du microcrédit]. African Review of Economics and Finance, 9(1), 293 -296.

2017

Journal Articles

Publication
Year

(with Simba A and Kuk G) Bricolage and MSEs in emerging economies. The International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation. https://doi.org/10.1177/1465750320969621

2020

Indigenous land rights: where are we today and where should the research go in the future? Settler Colonial Studies 10(2): 193-215.

2020

The COVID-19 Pandemic and the Pathology of the Economic and Political Architecture in Cameroon. Healthcare, 8(2): 1-16.

2020

(with Simba A) Fostering micro-entrepreneurs' structural and relational social capital through microfinance. Journal of Small Business & Entrepreneurship, 31(1), 1-20.

2019

Healthcare Financing in Rural Cameroon. Societies 9(4), 1-12

2019

Informal borrowing sources and uses: insights from the North West Region,
Cameroon. Third World Quarterly, 40:9, 1730-1749

2019

Trust, cultural norms and financial institutions in rural communities. Review of Social Economy, 76(1), 19-42.

2018

(with Simba A) Trust-Building Mechanisms in Group-Based Microfinance: A Cameroonian Perspective. Forum for Social Economics, DOI:10.1080/07360932.2018.1479648

2018

(with Obeng-Odoom F) Dynamism and resilience of financial institutions in Cameroon. Journal of Economic Issues, 51(1), 181-200.

2017

(with Simba A) Engaged scholarship: encouraging interactionism in entrepreneurship and small-to-medium enterprise (SME) research. Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development, 24(4), 1009-1027.

2017

Gender, the state, and informal self-employment: Perspectives from the mobile telecommunication industry in Cameroon. International Journal of Social Economics, 44(11), 1456-1470.

2017

Remittances, mobile phones and informality: Insights from Cameroon. African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development, 8:3: 299-308.

2016

Credit unions as conduits for microfinance delivery in Cameroon. Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics 85(2): 287–304.

2014

Les fragilités de la microfinance au Cameroun. Techniques Financières et Développement, 106, 71-78.

2012

Livelihood Strategies in African Cities: The case of residents in Bamenda, Cameroon. African Review of Economics and Finance, 3(1), 8-24.

2011

Research Reports

Publication
Year

Social Finance for Social Economy, Working Paper No. 67, Social Finance Program, International Labour Organization, Geneva, Switzerland.

2015

(with Fonteneau B et al. ) Social and Solidarity Economy: Our common road towards Decent Work. Reader for the Social & Solidarity Economy Academy 2011. Turin: International Labour Organization.

2011


Current Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/SOSC2800 6.0 B Development: Comp. & Hist. Perspective SEMR
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/SOSC3800 6.0 A Development Studies and Research Methods SEMR


Upcoming Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/SOSC2800 6.0 B Development: Comp. & Hist. Perspective SEMR
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/SOSC3800 6.0 A Development Studies and Research Methods SEMR
Winter 2021 GS/DVST5120 3.0 M Research Methods for Development SEMR


I am associated with the International Development Studies program. I completed my Ph.D in Development Studies at the Graduate Institute of International & Development Studies (Switzerland). I am interested more broadly in questions related to the livelihood dynamics of marginalized groups of people in sub-Saharan Africa.

As an interdisciplinary scholar, I draw on economic sociology and economic anthropology to investigate the everyday practices of low-income people in sub-Saharan Africa. In my book, ‘The Everyday Life of the Poor in Cameroon' (with Routledge), I propose a rethinking of how we understand poverty by revealing how the poor navigate different spaces and use social networks to meet everyday needs. I show how social networks enable low income Cameroonians to meet their needs while remaining sites of power and agency, embedded in economic, socio-cultural and gendered dynamics.

Degrees

Ph.D., Development Studies, Graduate Institute of International & Development Studies
M.A., Development Management, University of Westminster
B.A. (Hons.), Political Science, University of Buea

Appointments

Faculty of Graduate Studies

Professional Leadership

Manuscript reviewing for journals:

Journal of Rural Studies
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Forum for Development Studies
Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance
Healthcare
African Review of Economics and Finance
Journal of Trust Research
Forum for Social Economics
Journal of Small Business & Entrepreneurship
SN Business & Economics

Research Interests

, Renewable energy, Rural & urban livelihoods, Poverty and social networks, Microfinance and microenterprise

All Publications


Book Chapters

Publication
Year

(with Simba A) ‘Diaspora networks: a social capital source for entrepreneurship in low-income and emerging economies’, In: Hack-Polay D., Siwale J. (eds) African Diaspora Direct Investment. London: Palgrave Macmillan

2018

Book Reviews

Publication
Year

Microcredit's Real Revolution [La vraie révolution du microcrédit]. African Review of Economics and Finance, 9(1), 293 -296.

2017

Books

Publication
Year

The Everyday Life of the Poor in Cameroon: The Role of Social Networks in Meeting Needs.
Routledge

2020

Journal Articles

Publication
Year

(with Simba A and Kuk G) Bricolage and MSEs in emerging economies. The International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation. https://doi.org/10.1177/1465750320969621

2020

Indigenous land rights: where are we today and where should the research go in the future? Settler Colonial Studies 10(2): 193-215.

2020

The COVID-19 Pandemic and the Pathology of the Economic and Political Architecture in Cameroon. Healthcare, 8(2): 1-16.

2020

(with Simba A) Fostering micro-entrepreneurs' structural and relational social capital through microfinance. Journal of Small Business & Entrepreneurship, 31(1), 1-20.

2019

Healthcare Financing in Rural Cameroon. Societies 9(4), 1-12

2019

Informal borrowing sources and uses: insights from the North West Region,
Cameroon. Third World Quarterly, 40:9, 1730-1749

2019

Trust, cultural norms and financial institutions in rural communities. Review of Social Economy, 76(1), 19-42.

2018

(with Simba A) Trust-Building Mechanisms in Group-Based Microfinance: A Cameroonian Perspective. Forum for Social Economics, DOI:10.1080/07360932.2018.1479648

2018

(with Obeng-Odoom F) Dynamism and resilience of financial institutions in Cameroon. Journal of Economic Issues, 51(1), 181-200.

2017

(with Simba A) Engaged scholarship: encouraging interactionism in entrepreneurship and small-to-medium enterprise (SME) research. Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development, 24(4), 1009-1027.

2017

Gender, the state, and informal self-employment: Perspectives from the mobile telecommunication industry in Cameroon. International Journal of Social Economics, 44(11), 1456-1470.

2017

Remittances, mobile phones and informality: Insights from Cameroon. African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development, 8:3: 299-308.

2016

Credit unions as conduits for microfinance delivery in Cameroon. Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics 85(2): 287–304.

2014

Les fragilités de la microfinance au Cameroun. Techniques Financières et Développement, 106, 71-78.

2012

Livelihood Strategies in African Cities: The case of residents in Bamenda, Cameroon. African Review of Economics and Finance, 3(1), 8-24.

2011

Research Reports

Publication
Year

Social Finance for Social Economy, Working Paper No. 67, Social Finance Program, International Labour Organization, Geneva, Switzerland.

2015

(with Fonteneau B et al. ) Social and Solidarity Economy: Our common road towards Decent Work. Reader for the Social & Solidarity Economy Academy 2011. Turin: International Labour Organization.

2011


Current Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/SOSC2800 6.0 B Development: Comp. & Hist. Perspective SEMR
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/SOSC3800 6.0 A Development Studies and Research Methods SEMR


Upcoming Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/SOSC2800 6.0 B Development: Comp. & Hist. Perspective SEMR
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/SOSC3800 6.0 A Development Studies and Research Methods SEMR
Winter 2021 GS/DVST5120 3.0 M Research Methods for Development SEMR