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Venkat Pulla, MA, PhD (Member, AASW, Accredited) is an Indian born Australian academic. He has made significant contributions to Social Work education to SAARC countries, and continues to offer Strengths-based practice.  grounded theory and research writing Master Classes globally. He has been the Head of the School of Social Work, Northern Territory University, and taught At Australian Catholic University, Charles Sturt & at Sunshine Coast and tutored at Griffith and Queensland University of Technology.  A Tata Dorabji Merit scholar from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (India), he began his career in Hyderabad, India and taught Ethics and social work practice throughout his career, and writes in the areas of human coping & resilience. He has co-edited volumes on Strengths-based practice, 2012; Perspectives on coping and resilience, 2013; Theories, experiences, and challenges in community work , 2014; Advancing social work in mental health through strengths-based practice, 2014; Some aspects of community empowerment and resilience, 2015; and the Lhotsampa People of Bhutan-Resilience and Survival, 2016 and is the Principal Editor of the new title  'Discrimination, Challenge and Response', ,September, 2020 with Palgrave- Macmillan.   He currently is on the editorial board of International Journal of Innovation, Creativity and Change, UK, and Space and Culture- India ,  also published from UK. He has published with Sage, Routledge, Macmillan, Palgrave, and Wilfred Laurier Press- Canada; Primrose Hall- UK and Australia; Fernwood, California and others in Asia. He is a recipient of NAPSWI – India Lifetime achievement award 2015, and Karma veer Puraskar, -Global Indian Social Worker Award-2008. And is currently Foundation Professor at the Brisbane Institute of Strengths-based practice and Senior Research Fellow, (Adjunct), at Institute of Land, Water and Society at the Charles Sturt University, Australia.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals


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