Dr Ian Kelvin Hyslop

1. Ll.B - University of Auckland, 1981. 2. Diploma in Social Science (Distinction) - Massey University, 1994. 3. MPP (1st class hons) - Massey University, 1981. 4. Phd - Massey Univesity, 2013.


Ian has three adult children and lives with his partner Jan in sunny New Lynn. His professional interests are tied to a concern with the relationship between social work and social justice, locally and globally. He worked for twenty years as a social worker, supervisor, and practice manager in statutory child protection practice in Auckland, New Zealand. Ian worked as a fieldwork coordinator, programme director and lecturer in the Unitec Social Practice degree programmes for eight years before joining the CHHSWK team as a lecturer in July 2013.

Research | Current

Ian is currently engaged in writing for publication from 2013 PhD thesis in relation to social work practice knowledge in the contemporary political context - this includes investigation of dialectical processes in the relationship between social work and the state. 

Ian is also interested in designing further research concerned with the role and effectiveness of social work practice in contemporary New Zealand, including an exploration of a critical realist research orientation.

Teaching | Current

Currently coordinating and teaching:

  • SOCWORK 214 - Social Work Practice Theories
  • SOCWORK 216 - Law and the State in Social Work

Currently co-teaching:

  • SOCWORK 215 - Whanau-Family-Aiga  Practice
  • SOCWORK 411 & 711- Social Work Interventions for Best Practice
  • SOCWORK 114 - Treaty of Waitangi in Human Services
  • SOCWORK 733 - Youth Justice Issues and Strategies


Service Input:

  • BSW Year Two Student  Coordinator
  • New Students - Portfolio Leader
  • Graduate Committee

Areas of expertise

Social work and child protection practice; Social work, law, and social theory - the socio-political location of social work practice knowledge.

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

Contact details

Primary office location

Level 5, Room 502A
New Zealand