Dr Albert Kuruvila

Convenor (Social Work), Lecturer

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


About Albert

Albert Kuruvila teaches social work theories, social work approaches, community development and cross-cultural social work practice. He is also a registered social worker in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Albert's current research is in the area of nonprofit management and innovative practices in social work education.


Social Work

Social work education; non-profit management; community development; micro finance; development management; multi-cultural social work practices; social welfare policy analysis.

Research Interests

Non-profit management and governance, cross-cultural social work practice, 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:

  • Hunt, S. M., Lowe, S., Smith, K., Kuruvila, A., & Webber-Dreadon, E. (2016). Transition to professional social work practice: the initial year. Advances in Social Work & Welfare Education, 18(1), 55-71. Open Access version:

  • Kuruvila, A. (2015). Non-governmental organisations (NGOs): Issues of terminology and definitions. Rajagiri Journal of Social Development, 7(1), 29-46.

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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

Room: Tauranga Campus
Phone: +64 7 262 0562