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Prof AL Shokane

Professor of Social Work


BA Soc Sc (SW) (RAU), MA Soc SC (SW) (RAU), PGDIP (HE) (RU), D Litt et Phil (SW) (UJ)


Prof. Allucia Lulu Shokane is a Professor of Social Work and Acting Deputy Dean of Research and Internationalisation in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Zululand. She was previously appointed as the Head of Department of Social Work. She holds a doctoral degree in Social Work from University of Johannesburg (UJ). The title of her: Development of A Participatory Community Development Model for Rural Communities Affected by Natural Disasters. Prof. Shokane has experience and knowledge of research in social work, community development, rural development and participatory development. Her research interests include among others the broad field of Social Work and Community Development; indigenous knowledge and practices within context of community development; poverty alleviation strategies; asset-oriented community-led development (ABCD) – thus specific to social work education. Prof. Shokane has teaching experience at undergraduate and post graduate levels. Added, Prof. Shokane is the Regional Mentor for NHISS funded PhD students at the University of Zululand. She has successfully supervised postgraduate students and acted as external examiner of postgraduate studies. Prof. Shokane has published in accredited peer reviewed journals and book chapters. Currently, she co-edited a book of collected essays in Social Work Education with Prof Lisa V. Blitz (Binghamton University, New York) and Prof Jabulani Makhubele (University of Limpopo). Prof. Shokane has extensive practice experience as a master’s level social worker, where she provided social work services to individuals, groups and families and supervision to other social workers. Before joining the University of Zululand she was employed at the University of Venda, Social Work Department. She is currently serving as the Vice-President of ASASWEI of the Association of South African Social Work Education Institutions (ASASWEI).

Research Interests

  • Asset Based Community Development
  • Indigenized Social Work – focusing on Afro-sensed approaches
  • Environmental Social Work
  • Critical Social Work
  • International Service Learning
  • History of Social Work