Dr Albert Kuruvila

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.

Papers Taught

Research Supervised

Albert enjoys supervising honours students enrolled in SOCWK 490.

Research Interests

Non-profit management and governance, cross-cultural social work practice, community development and social work education

Recent Publications

  • 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:

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

  • 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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Social Work

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

Contact Details

Room: Tauranga Campus
Phone: +64 7 262 0562