Dr Albert Kuruvila


Qualifications: PhD (University of Canterbury), Master of Social Work , Reg. Social Worker

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About Albert

Albert Kuruvila teaches social work theories, social work approaches, community development, evidence based decision-making and inter-cultural social work practice.

Albert's current research interests are diversity & intercultural practice, nonprofit organisations and community development, and social work education.


Social Science Research; Social Work

Social Work Education; Non-Profit Organisations; Community Development; Diversity; Inter-Cultural Practice

Research Interests

Diversity & Intercultural  Practice; Non-profit Organisations & Community Development and Social Work Education

Featured Publications

Kuruvila, A. (2015). Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs): Issues of Terminology and Definitions. Rajagiri Journal of Social Development, 7(1), 29-46.

Kuruvila, A. (2013). Self-health checkup for nonprofit organisations. Better Boards Quarterly, 11, 1-8.

Recent Publications

  • Kuruvila, A. (2017). Management of non-profit social service organisations in Aotearoa New Zealand. (PhD Thesis, University of Canterbury). Retrieved from

  • Hunt, S. M., Tregurtha, M., Kuruvila, A., Lowe, S., & Smith, K. (2017). Transition to professional social work practice: The first three years. Advances in Social Work and Welfare Education, 19(2), 139-154. Open Access version:

  • Frielick, S., Keegan, T. T. A., Campbell, A., Kuruvila, A., & McIsaac, J. (2017). Professional recognition of tertiary teaching - a connected teacher panel. In LEARNFest 2017, Waikato University.

  • Hunt, S., Lowe, S., Smith, K., Kuruvila, A., & Webber-Dreadon, E. (2016). So you completed your BSW, what happened next? A Bachelor of Social Work graduate outcome and readiness for practice longitudinal study. In Bay of Plenty Branch of the Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers: AGM & Symposium: Resistance & Resilience in Social Work Practice. Symposium held at Mount Maunganui, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand.

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Papers Taught


Albert enjoys supervising honours students enrolled in SOCWK 490.

Associations and Memberships

Reg. Social Worker

Member-Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers(ANZASW)

Life Member- Indian Council of Social Welfare (ICSW)

Contact Details

Email: [email protected]
Room: Tauranga Campus
Phone: +64 7 262 0562