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David Kenkel

Senior Lecturer
Social Practice
Location: Building 510, Room 5017


Masters of Arts (2nd class hons) in Social Policy, Massey University

Professional memberships

Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers (ANZASW)


Professional and Industry Experience

  • 2008 - 2010, Lecturer and Programme leader BSocP
  • 2007 - 2008, Advisor for the Office of the Childrens commissioner, Part-time Lecturer Unitec, BSocP
  • 2006 - 2007, UNICEF National Advocacy Manager
  • 2000 - 2006, Part-time Lecturer Unitec, BSocP; Private practice, home based family work, primarily with CYFS clients; crisis intervention work with child witnesses of domestic violence; coordinating stopping violence programmes; facilitating stopping violence groups (Domestic Violence Centre)
  • 1994 - 2000, Family Therapist/Social Worker/Group Facilitator West Auckland Family Services, and Copeland House Counselling Centre,Methodist Mission Northern; St Mary's Family Centre, Anglican Social Services, Otahuhu
  • 1988 - 1992, Community Worker/group facilitator Weston Creek Community Service; Ainslie Village, ACT, Australia; Richmond Fellowship, Auckland
  • 1978 - 1988, Medical, surgical, palliative care, geriatric and psychiatric (enrolled) nursing primarily with Auckland District Health Board and Thames District Health Board.

Areas of Research Interest

  • Post-structural and socially contexted approaches to social practice education
  • Future saturated policy and its impact on children's sense of self
  • Identity, power and constructions of freedom in late capitalist societies
  • Child advocacy and social change
  • Sustainability, time and the subject
  • Family violence and gender.

Graduate supervision of completed theses/dissertations

Masters theses or dissertations

Masters theses or dissertations supervised by David Kenkel as Associate Supervisor

Goodliffe, Rosamund (2018). Moments, meaning and metaphor : self-reflections of a psychic life coach & social practitioner (Master of Social Practice)
Neville, Diane Woolson (2013). Experiences of advocacy : situating experiences of contemporary women's advocates within the feminist movement to end violence against women (Master of Social Practice)


Kenkel, D J. (2018). Reclaiming Social Work with Soul. Auckland (Vol. Re-imagining Social Work in Aotearoa New Zealand, Posted on October 19, 2018 by RSW Collective).

Kenkel, D J. (2018). Celebrating Diversity Umm? And Why the Question - Kei Hea Te Putea? Is More Important Than Ever. Posted on April 6, 2018 by RSW Collective. New Zealand, Re-imaging Social Work in Aotearoa New Zealand (Vol. Re-imaging Social Work in Aotearoa New Zealand).

Kenkel, D. J., & Haigh, D. (2018). Thoughts from the Glen Eden study 2017-18 Housing Symposium 24.11.2018. Housing Symposium, Auckland, New Zealand.

Kenkel, D. (2017). Social Work and Social Investment - cutting the connection between cause and consequence. Claire Margaret Dale, Proceedings: Summit - Beyond Social Investment ISBN: 978-0-9941132-8-3 © September 2017.

Kenkel, D. (2017). Prospects for Social Work in Aotearoa New Zealand: Segmentation or Solidarity. New Zealand, Re-imaging Social Work in Aotearoa New Zealand (Vol. Re-imaging Social Work in Aotearoa New Zealand).

Kenkel, D J. (2017). Placing People in Time: Musing tales of character from the land where neo-liberalism wasn't. ACDA & IACD Conference, Waitakere Campus Henderson.

Haigh, D., Kenkel, D., & Doswell, K. (2017). Change and Development in Glen Eden, 2017. Unitec Epress (Vol. November 2017).

Kenkel, D. J. (2017). Social Investment - cutting the connection between cause and consequence. Beyond Social Investment - Auckland University, Child Poverty Action Group, Centre for applied economics, Lecture Theatre OGGB3, Level 0, University of Auckland Business School, Owen G Glenn Building, 12 Grafton Road, Auckland.

Doswell, K., Haigh, D., & Kenkel, D. (2016). Gentrification, Change and GlenEden (Draft). Auckland, Unitec.

Kenkel, D. J. (2016). Advocating for Children Domestic Violence and a voice for Children. Wiseup Conference: Anglican Trust for Women and Children, Auckland.

Kenkel, D. J. (2016). The absent elephant in the 2016 Modernising Child Youth and Family Expert Panel Report. New Zealand, Re-Imagining Social Work in Aotearoa New Zealand (Vol. Re-Imagining Social Work in Aotearoa New Zealand).

Kenkel, D., & Ashley, P. (2015). Fostering creative engagement with uncertainty: Teaching the value of not knowing. National Tertiary Learning and Teaching Conference, Tauranga, New Zealand.

Kenkel, D., and Prestidge , P. (2015). Do we really need to park democracy in the doorway of NGOs? Community Development Conference, Unitec Waitakere Campus, Auckland.

Kenkel, D., & Prestidge, P. (2015). Community development and the 'policy governance' approach: Have we voted out democracy? WHANAKE: The Pacific Journal of Community Development (Vol. 1(2)).

Kenkel, D., and Ashley, P. (2014). Boundaries, Confidentiality, Safety and Managing Information. Massey Matters, Auckland, 22 May.

Kenkel, D. (2014). Update and discussion around changes to Domestic Violence Programmes. WAVES Trust Interagency Meeting, Corbans Estate Arts Centre, Auckland, 8 April.

Kenkel, D., and Fletcher , T. (2014). Domestic violence - Mental Health social work. Waitemata District Health Board - Mental Health Social Workers Education Day, Auckland, 16 Dec 2014.

Kenkel, D. (2014). Statement from the team. Hunt, N., Kingsnorth, P., & Wheeler, S. (Eds). Dark Mountain Volume 6. CPI Group Ltd.,Croyden, UK.

Kenkel , D., and Ashley , P. (2014). Discourse Analysis - Values. Some Ideas for Practice - Social Constructionism. Waitemata District Health Board - Mental Health Social Workers Education Day, Auckland, 24 June.

Kenkel, D., and Hyslop, I. (2013). The stubborn business of Social Work: A brief look at how Social Work recreates its art in the face of global and local change. Waitemata District Health Board Mental Health Social Workers Education Day, Auckland, 19 June.

Kenkel, D. (2013). Supporting police in shifting focus from conviction to community engagement. WAVES network, Auckland, 12 November.

Kenkel, D. (2011). Use of control logs, and working with some new approaches from the updated stopping violence manual. Man Alive, Waitakere, August.

Kenkel, D., and Hyslop, I. (2009). Myths about boys. Violence Free Waitakere and Waitakere City Council Focus on Fathering Week.

Kenkel, D. (2008). Human rights, children, and domestic violence. Global Healthcare Solutions for Vulnerable Populations Conference, AUT University and the National Nursing Centres Consortium, Auckland.

Kenkel, D., Watson, P., and Fletcher, T. (2008). Finding the courage. Every Child Counts Conference, Wellington.

Kenkel, D. (2008). Why does abuse keep coming back? Robinson, B. (ed), Keeping Kids Safe Conference Findings 2008, Auckland (Vol. online).

Rennie, G. J., & Kenkel, D. (2000). Social Work Political Participation in New Zealand. Presented to the Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Work conference, Manukau.