About

Narayan Gopalkrishnan holds the position of Senior Lecturer in Social Work in the College of Arts, Society and Education. Narayan has a thirty year career in Australia and overseas, working in universities, NGOs and the private sector.  This has included major development projects and large corporate entities in India and work in the not-for-profit sector and academia in Australia. Narayan brings extensive experience in international development in Asia and has managed significant research projects in rural development. Narayan has expertise in Participatory Methodologies and has used these in studies at village and district levels in Asia.

 

In Australia, Narayan has held senior leading roles in research and sector development.   He was the Founding Director of the Centre for Multicultural and Community Development, at the University of the Sunshine Coast, unique in Australia in bringing together the dual focus on cultural diversity and community development and undertaking groundbreaking work in research, development and training.  Narayan has also coordinated and taught in courses in community development, mental health, counselling, health, globalisation, social disadvantage, human rights and social justice, communication and thought, and social policy.  He has been a visiting scholar in different universities around the world including Africa and Asia.

 

Narayan is recognised nationally and internationally and is called upon to give keynote presentations at conferences and events.  He has extensive publications in scholarly journals relating to his research interests including publications for bodies such as UNESCO and UNU. Narayan is an engaged scholar.  He has worked in different settings in Australia such as the Australian Red Cross and other NGOs as well as in academia.   He has been one of the founding members of a major NGO, the Multicultural Development Association, the primary provider of settlement services in Brisbane and Toowoomba. He was a member of the Multicultural Community Ministerial Advisory Committee to the Minister of Disability Services and Multiculturalism, Queensland. He has written industry peer reviewed documents such as guides for community development workers on structural change and how government can better engage with citizens. 

 

Narayan has a deep passion for social justice and integrated and holistic approaches to human development and participation.   

Teaching
  • WS2513: Community Work (Level 2; CNS)
  • WS4514: Theories for Social Work Practice (Level 4; CNS & TSV)
  • WS5514: Theories for Social Work Practice (Level 5; CNS & TSV)
Interests
Research
  • • Community Development • Cultural Diversity and Multiculturalism • Rural Development and Livelihoods • Participatory Methodologies • Mental Health • Social Determinants of Health and Well Being • Integrated Medicine and Complementary Therapies • Community and Ecological Sustainability
Research Disciplines
Socio-Economic Objectives
Publications

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 36+ research outputs authored by Dr Narayan Gopalkrishnan from 2006 onwards.

Current Funding

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Office for Learning and Teaching - Innovation and Development Grant

International Social Work Student Exchange: Facilitating Good Practice in Australia and Asia Pacific

Indicative Funding
$388,000 over 2 years
Summary
Using collaborative and inclusive processes, this project will draw on data from Australian social work education providers and their international partners, to document and analyse current international student exchange practices, highlighting key issues and constraints. Merging this data with a critical literature review, the project will synthesise the knowledge created to develop transferable best-practice models in international student exchange. Focusing on enhancing relationships with the Asia-Pacific, this project aims to document, analyse, develop and disseminate exemplary practices in international social work student exchange. The project will contribute significantly to the development of mutually beneficial international student exchange programs and will support Australian tertiary educators to integrate evidence-led, transferable, good -practice principles into core curricula.
Investigators
Debra Miles, Nonie Harris, Peter F Jones, Abraham Francis, Narayan Gopalkrishnan and Ines Zuchowski in collaboration with Hurriyet Babacan, Julie King, S Rajeev, Piyachat and Linda Briskman (College of Arts, Society & Education, The University of New England, Queensland University of Technology, De Paul Institute of Science & Technology, Nakhon Ratchasima Rajabhat University and Swinburne University of Technology)
Keywords
Social Work; International student exchange; Internationalisation; Social Work Education; Curriculum Design

Mind Australia - Contract Research

Proposal to Develop and Implement a Formative Evaluation of the Newly Established Cairns PARC Service

Indicative Funding
$31,835 over 2 years
Summary
This proposal aims to work collaboratively with service managers and other key stakeholders to development and implement a formative evaluation plan for the newly established Cairns prevention and Recovery Care (PARC) service. The expected outcomes of the proposed evaluation are: * a description of the PARC service profile and service use characteristics; * a framework to facilitate continuous quality improvement of PARC; * ensure strategies are in place to collect data over the longer term to assess the extent to which the PARC model as it operates in Cairns constitutes value for money; and * provide additional pilot data for the proposed NHMRC Partnership Grant application.
Investigators
Komla Tsey, Irina Kinchin, Narayan Gopalkrishnan and Vinnitta Mosby in collaboration with Steve Morton, Margaret Grigg, Lisa Brophy and J Buchanan (College of Arts, Society & Education, Aust Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Centre, Mind Australia, The University of Melbourne and Cairns & Hinterland Health Service District)
Keywords
PARC (Prevention and Recovery Care); Mental Illness; Mental Health; Evaluation
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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

Current
  • Health and Sovereignty are Inseparable concepts of modem day survival of Zenadth Kes Torres Strait Islander society. (PhD , Primary Advisor)
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