Dr. Kiran Thampi

PhD (Social Work), Assistant Professor

Department of Social Work


Kiran Thampi is working as Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work and also coordinating the Office of International Relations in Rajagiri College, Hill Campus. He has completed Post graduation in Social Work with specialization in Medical and Psychiatric Social Work from M.G. University, Kottayam and M. Phil in Social Work from Bharatidasan University. Completed his PhD in MG University on the theme ‘Organizational practices of NGOs’. Has been a consultant for LSGs, Corporates, Colleges and NGOs. Areas of interest are Social Audit, participatory programme planning and management methods including Participatory Rural Appraisal Techniques, Mental Health of professionals and youth, and Development communication. He was awarded as one of the best NSS programme Officers in MG University in the year 2009-2010. He was appointed as an adjunct faculty in the School of Health and Human Services, Nazareth College, Rochester, USA for the summer A Semester in 2015.

Educational Qualification

  • PhD (Social Work), M G University, Kottayam
  • M. Phil (Psychiatric Social Work), Bharatidasan University
  • MSW (Medical & Psychiatric Social Work), M.G University, Kottayam

Work experience (Teaching / Industry / Research)

  • 4 Years teaching in UG programme, School of Social Work, Rajagiri College of Social Sciences(Autonomous), Kalamassery
  • 1 year as Lecturer cum Community Organizer in National Service Scheme, Training and Orientation Centre, Rajagiri College
  • 7 Years teaching in PG Programme, School of Social Work, Rajagiri College of Social Sciences(Autonomous), Kalamassery

International Exposures

  • Developed and offered a 3 credit course (40 hours) for the students in the Department of Social Work, Nazareth College, Rochester, USA. The course was titled as "East and West: Integrated Perspectives in Health and Mental Health", June 2015.
  • Offered workshop on ‘Participatory Rural Appraisal techniques’ for students and Faculty members of Nepal School of Social Work and NGO representatives, Kathmandu, August 2016.
  • Conducted a symposium (International Internship in India and Rajagiri) at Shenzhen University, China, May 2017
  • Visited CUHK, UHK in Hong Kong for official tie ups, May 2017
  • Visited and participated in Training sessions conducted by University of York, UK as a part of UKIERI Project, April 2018
  • Participated in International Summer University in Social Work (ISUSW 2018) organised by Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, July 2018

Research projects / Consultancy / Training / MDP Conducted


  • Project Director, UKIERI (2017-20)
  • Field Investigator, Evaluation of Right to Education , KEPCR, Govt of Kerala,2015
  • UGC-Minor Research Project titled “Organizational Practices of Non Government Organizations in Ernakulam”. Sanction No and Date: MRP (H)-1751/11-12/KLMG054/UGC-SWRO 13th July 2012
  • Evaluation officer, Dheen Dayal Scheme, Govt of India
  • Social Audit of IHSDP in Paravoor Municipality ,2010
  • Research on ‘Prevention of substance abuse among adults and role of continuing education centers in Kerala’ for State resource center in 2008
  • Action Research on Effective methodologies of substance abuse prevention in Gothuruthu (Chendamangalam Grama Panchayat-2006)
  • Research consultant for Deen Dayal Scheme Evaluation study, Govt of India,2009-2010.
  • Research consultant for evaluation study on SSA in Kalamassery conducted by Rajagiri Research Institute, Govt of Kerala
  • Field Investigator for the research on effectiveness of RSBY,CHIYAK conducted by Rajagiri Research Institute,2010
  • Research consultant for the study conducted on Street Food Vendors ,Cochin Corporation, project proposed by Ministry of Food and Agriculture,2008
  • Study conducted for Kerala builders forum, Clean Kochi movement at Thrikkakara Municipality on Waste Management Practices,2007
  • Research member in Socio-economic study for town & country planning department, Cochin Corporation,2009
  • Coordinator, Mass Social Audit , Nedumkandam Block, 2008


  • PRA Workshop for BCM College in Aymanam Grampanchayat in 2016 & Kumarakom Panchayat in 2018
  • PRA Workshop at Vijayapuram Social Service Society for the facilitators and staff members of Community Action Project, Kottayam-July 2017
  • Resource person for Refresher course for the District Coordinators of National Health Mission on 15th and 16th Dec 2017
  • Session for Transgenders on leadership and team building , Feb 2017
  • Conducted session on " Human Resource, identifying partners, working with statutory private agencies; team work, family time, management etc" for the caretakers of old age homes organized by NISD and Rajagiri OutREACH. 2017
  • Conducted session on ‘Social Mobilization’ for the field officers in Rubber training institute (Rubber Board, Govt of India), Kottayam , March 2017.
  • Development Communication experiments on various socially relevant issues in association with different NGOs including Audio-video productions on relevant issues like Child Abuse ,domestic violence, palliative care, environment issues etc
  • Session on Yoga and holistic wellness for Vives University, Belgium visiting group, 2016
  • Session on Participatory research and PRA for ICSSR Sponsored Research Methodology workshop ,Feb 2016 organized by Research Institute, Rajagiri
  • Resource person -‘Yoga and retirement’ for Employees of Federal bank as a part of Corporate training project undertaken by Rajagiri since 2016.
  • Resource person- stress management training sessions for refresher batches of Anganwadi ICDS Supervisors conducted by Middle level training programme
  • Resource person- leadership training sessions for National service scheme programme officers’ training programme conducted by NSS ETI
  • Workshop on Project Preparation-CPM and PERT-Shantigiri college, 2016
  • PRA Workshop for MBA Students specializing in Rural Management at Fisheries College, Panangad, 2014
  • PRA Workshop for Social Work Department, BCM College Kottayam in Vechoor Gramapanchayat , 2014
  • Conducted 4 day certification programme on ‘Employee Counselling’ for Federal bank officers , 2014 at Rajagiri Buisiness School, Kakkanad
  • Consultancy for Comprehensive Tribal Development Project, District administration, Nilamboor Municipality, 2014
  • PRA Camp for Social work students at Devagiri College, Calicut , 2011 ‘Knanaya youth camps’ at state level.
  • Served as subject expert for selecting candidates for Ageevika skill development programme, National Rural Livelihood Mission, Govt of Kerala, 2014
  • Workshop on Project Planning and management for MSW studentsof Shathigiri College, Vazhithala, 2014
  • Workshop on “Development communication” for International Delegates from Universities in US,2010
  • Coordinator for international palliative care pre conference at RCSS,2008
  • Session on practical issues on “Family counselling, trafficking and harassment in public places” at police club as a part of Gender awareness Generation programme under women’s cell of Police Department,2009
  • Session on “mental health at workplace” at BPCL, Kakkanad ,2009
  • Workshop on PRA for the MSW students of St.Thomas College, Thrissur , 2009
  • Session on Work Life Balancing and positive mental health for employees of IOC, Irumpanam in 2009
  • Member, Academic Committee, Rajagiri outreach Community College,2009
  • Life skill education consultant for PCSJ-UNICEF in Tsunami Rehabilitation project

Publication (Book / Article / Case) / Paper Presentations

  • Paper presentation in Dyuti 2018 (4th and 5th January) National Conference: Role of Social Work Education in Enhancing Organisational Practices of NGOs
  • Publication: Thampi, Kiran . (2017). Social work education crossing the borders: a field education programme for international internship, Social Work Education-The International Journal, Routledge, DOI:10.1080/02615479.2017.1291606
  • Publication: Thampi, Kiran., & Venus, Mary. (2016).The organizational practices of Non-Governmental Organisations in India-A prerequisite for enhancing the quality of Service delivery in the voluntary sector. In Zilova, Anna., Novotna, Aleena., & Venus, Mary (Eds.), Research reflections on the current Problems in society in the context of social work III (pp.186-199).Dublin, Ireland: Original Writing Ltd
  • Publication: Rajeev, S.P & Thampi, Kiran .(2016). ‘Twenty20 vision of CSR in Kizhakkambalam’, International Journal of Business Ethics in Developing Economies- Vol. 5. (ISSN: 2278-3172)-Impact Factor-3.83
  • Paper presented on “Social Audit: Setting trend in Social Work Education” in National Seminar organized by Roda Mistry College, Hyderabad on 18 th November 2016.
  • Edited Book : Zilova, Anna., Novotna, Aleena., & Thampi, Kiran.(Eds.).(2015).Research reflections on the current problems in Society in the context of Social work II. Dublin, Ireland: Original Writing Ltd
  • Publication: "Burden of Primary Caregivers of terminally ill Cancer patients in Palliative care"- published in proceedings of International symposium on Evidence in Global Mental Health, 2015
  • Published a book review –NGOs and participatory development in India in Rajagiri Journal of social development, Vol 7, Number 2, December 2015
  • Presented a paper titled “Organizational practices of NGOs” in a National seminar conducted by Bharath Matha Institute of Management, Ernakulam, 2013.
  • Presented a paper titled “Social Work Education Crossing the Borders: Field Education programmme for International Internship” at the international Conference, held at De Paul College, Ankamaly, 2013
  • Publication: Thampi, Kiran & M. D,Saju. (2013). “Social Work Education and Macro practice-Trends and Challenges”, proceedings of National seminar on Contemporary best practices in professional social work ,ISBN 938116413-4
  • Publication: Thampi, Kiran. (2013). Social Audit report on Puthukavu Watershed Management Project implemented from 2004 to 2009 for AVARD, Chalakkudy
  • Presented theme paper on Social Work Education and macro practice-trends and challenges in National seminar conducted by St.Joseph’sCollege,Kovoor,Chennai,2013
  • Presented a paper on Communication for Health Education in International Conference held at RCSS,2013
  • Publication: Thampi, Kiran. (2010). ‘Development of Theory of mind and Mental state language in Children’, Review in Rajagiri Journal of social development
  • Presented paper on ‘Psychiatric Social Work in Schools and Colleges’ in National conference on Psychiatric Social Work ,RCSS,2009
  • Book Publication: Kuriakose, Saiju & Thampi, Kiran. (2008). ‘Prevention of substance abuse among adults and role of continuing education centers in Kerala’ for State resource center, Kerala
  • Presented paper on ‘Social work intervention in Pain and Palliative care’ in an International conference-‘Kochipallcon’, Cochin, 2008.
  • Presented paper on “Inclusive education” in a national seminar organized by Tata Institute of Social sciences, Mumbai-2008.
  • Presented paper on ‘Social work intervention in Pain and Palliative care’ in an International conference-‘Kochipallcon’, Cochin, 2008.
  • Presented paper on Child Mental Health in schools in a conference on Psychiatric Social Work , RCSS, 2009.
  • Presented paper on Social Audit and MGNREGA in National Conference Dyuti 2009.

Seminar / workshop attended

  • Participated in consultative workshop on International Students exchanges at De Paul Institute of Science and Technology for the ‘Going Places Project’ in association with James Cook University on 26th Nov 2016
  • 22nd Triennial National Conference of Xavier Board of Higher Education in India-Challenges and prospects in higher education, Thrissur, ,2016
  • Instructional Design” conducted by Christ University, Bengaluru, 2014
  • “Preparation for Autonomy” conducted by Christ University, Bengaluru, 2014
  • National conference conducted by AIACHE at Christ University, Bengaluru,2013
  • XXI Triennial Convention of Xavier Board of Higher Education in India hosted by St.Philomena’s college,Mysore,2013
  • Regional meet of Xavier Board of Higher Education on 28th September 2013 held at St.Paul’s College Kalamassery
  • TOT on Psychosocial Care organised by KSDMA and UNDP-2012
  • International Workshop on ‘Critical Thinking: Tools and Steps for Instruction’ organized by SH College, Thevara in 2011
  • National Seminar on ‘Best practices in Research and Consultancy’ organized by St.Theresa’s college, Ernakulam in 2011
  • Workshop on Effective classroom communication and Teaching skill organized by Christ University, Bengaluru in 2011
  • National Seminar on Electoral and Political Reforms organized by IIT,Chennai,2011
  • Intensive Research Methodology Course for Multi Disciplinary Mental Health Team organized by Kusumagiri Mental Health Center, Kakkanad in 2010
  • International Conference on MDGs and Child protection in 2009
  • Intensive Clinical Research methodology Course in Kusumagiri Mental Health Center in 2010
  • National Conference on ‘Election and political reforms’ organized by National Election watch, ADR held at IIT, Chennai,2011
  • Teachers training course at Christ University, Bengaluru,2011
  • Intensive Research Methodology Course for Multi Disciplinary Mental Health Team organized by Kusumagiri Mental Health Center, Kakkanad in 2010
  • Workshop on “Public private partnership in Agricultural Innovation” sponsored byPlanning Commission, Govt of India held in RCSS in 2008
  • One day seminar organized by Sree Sankara University, Kalady on “Intellectual Property Rights and Social Development” in 2009
  • National seminar on “Social Work perspectives in Corporate Social Responsibility” organized by Loyola College of Social Sciences, Trivandrum in 2008
  • National Seminar on Environment organized by Swadeshi Science Movement in 2008
  • National seminar on HIV/AIDS organized by NAPSWI (Oct 2006,New Delhi)
  • National workshop on photo documentation organized by Karl Kubel Institute,Coimbatore,2005


  • Reviewer for International Journal, International Social Work (ISW,SAGE)-Since 2012
  • Secretary, OYSTER (Organization of Yester Year Students of Rajagiri College of Social Sciences),Since 2013
  • Chair, BSW/MSW Exams, MG(Various years from 2009)
  • Member, Expert Committee, BSW in Mahatma Gandhi University, From 2009-2014
  • Special invitee in Board of Studies on Social Work, Kerala University,2009

Presentation made in the Rajagiri Faculty Council

  • Programme Implementation tool in NGO sector, July 2016
  • Opinions about evidences: A study of social workers’ attitude towards evidence-based practice,2015
  • Social Work in a Digital Age-Ethical and risk management challenges, Jan 2014
  • Epigenetics and social work imperative ,August 2013
  • NBA –a critical evaluation from Social work perspective

Professional membership

  • Life member of NAPSWI
  • Member, ASSK
  • Life member of ICSW

Area of interest (Teaching / Research)


  • Management concepts for social work practice
  • Administration of Social welfare agencies
  • Development communication for social work practice
  • Financial management of NPOs
  • Project planning and management
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Social Legislation


  • NGO management
  • Social Audit
  • Development communicationv
  • Participatory planning Methods