Social Work Lecturer
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Areas of Teaching
Community Development, Groups, Social Work Professional Practice
BA Political Science, MA Social Work, PhD Social Work
Shajimon Peter is a Lecturer of Social Work at EIT from June, 2017. He is also working as a Research Fellow in a funded project and pursuing a second PhD in social work at the University of Auckland from November, 2015. Prior to this from October, 2012, Shajimon worked as a Lecturer of Social work at Marian College Kuttikkanam in Kerala, India where he taught Master of Social Work students who pursued a fulltime postgraduate programme of study, which he later coordinated until he left for New Zealand.
In 2008, Shajimon was awarded an International Research Scholarship by the University of Newcastle in NSW, Australia to pursue a fulltime PhD programme of study in social work, which he completed in 2012 and doctoral degree obtained in March, 2013.
Shajimon is an award winning student from Sussex University in the UK where he pursued his qualifying Master of Social Work programme of study. He was given the John Simmonds Outstanding achievement Award for his remarkable achievements and progress in a demanding professional course which he undertook in an unfamiliar policy and practice context. In 2004, he won the prestigious Ford Foundation International Fellowship for pursuing his MASW study at the University of Sussex. The scholarship was in recognition of his excellent academic achievements, demonstrated leadership skills and commitment to socioeconomic development of marginalised and oppressed communities in India. Shajimon obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Mahatma Gandhi University in Kerala, India and was the top ranked student from his batch at St Thomas College Pala.
Shajimon’s first professional practice as a qualified social worker was with Caritas India, the official organisation of the Catholic Bishops Conference of India (CBCI) for social development works.
Shajimon’s areas of interest include values education, non-formal education of children, community development, rural development, empowerment of marginalised and disadvantaged communities, gender issues, human rights, social justice, self-help groups, microcredit savings programmes, and spirituality in social work. His current research interests include professional and socio-cultural transition of transnational social workers, transmigration, critical realism, and research methodology.