Bala Nikku

Thompson Rivers University

Bala Raju Nikku, PhD, hails from an agricultural family in India. Bala joined Thompson Rivers University School of Social Work and Human Service as an Assistant Professor in 2018. He served as a Teaching Fellow of the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) and Co-chair of the Human Rights Committee of the TRU faculty association. Dr. Nikku has served in the academia and grassroot social work practice in India, Nepal, and Malaysia and has held adjunct positions in the UK and Thailand. He served as founding director of the Nepal School of Social Work (2005-2011). Dr.Nikku received his PhD from the Wageningen University in 2006 and was awarded with a COFUND Senior Research Fellowship at the Durham University, UK in 2015. He has served on the executive boards of the International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW) and of the Asian and Pacific Association of Social Work Education (APASWE). His research interests include green social work, wildfire disasters, pandemics, international social work, comparative social policy, and university community engagement. Dr Nikku is currently serving as a member of the editorial advisory boards of International Social Work Journal (Sage); Practice: Social Work in Action (Routledge), and is associate editor of Social Work Education: The International Journal (Routledge). Email: