UKZN social academic receives international award UKZN social academic receives international award
Social Work academic Professor Johannes John-Langba was chosen by the Howard University School of Social Work as the 2019 recipient of the Inabel Burns... UKZN social academic receives international award


Social Work academic Professor Johannes John-Langba was chosen by the Howard University School of Social Work as the 2019 recipient of the Inabel Burns Lindsay Social Work Education Leadership Award (Lindsay was the first African American Woman to graduate from the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work doctoral programme).

John-Langba is the first African to receive this prestigious award and becomes the 8th recipient of this award that honours Howard University social work graduates who exemplify the educational leadership of their founding dean. He is also an alumnus of Howard University where he completed his PhD.

He said: ‘It means a lot to me as a Social Work academic. It’s an affirmation to the quality of my academic leadership in social work education. I think I was selected because of my outstanding leadership in social work education on the African continent as well as for my contribution to promoting Howard University School of Social Work’s historic social justice mission.’

John-Langba dedicated the award to all those migrants who epitomise the United States pursuit of education and a better life.

Dean of the School of Social Work at Howard University Professor Sandra Edmonds Crew added: ‘Professor John-Langba’s commitment to research, teaching and community services are clearly evident. We are excited to honour him for his demonstration of truth and service to his alma mater and the profession of social work.’ 


John-Langba has over 15 years of professional work experience at the national and international levels in research, teaching and program management related to social work, public health and social development. He has worked and/or conducted research in various contexts including Australia, Botswana, Ethiopia, East Jerusalem, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, United States, Zimbabwe, and Zambia.

His current research interests include social aspects of HIV/AIDS; migrant health; sexual and gender-based violence; community-level influences on antibiotic resistance; climate change and development; resiliency and xenophobic violence; psychosocial wellbeing and recidivism among youth offenders.

John-Langba is a member of the editorial boards of various international journals including as International Advisory Board Member of the Journal of Ethics and Social Welfare and Editorial Advisory Board Member of the African Population Studies Journal. 

He is the recipient of various fellowships and awards including a Population Policy Communication Fellowship (Population Reference Bureau, USA), Rand Institute Summer Fellowship (Rand Corporation, USA), Cairns Institute Fellow (James Cook University, Australia), African Peacebuilding Network research award (Social Science Research Council, USA), and the William H and Camille Cosby Fellow at Howard University (United States) for outstanding scholarship and achievement.

He is also Vice President and Mental Health Ambassador of Cape Mental Health (CMH) —the oldest community-based mental health agency in South Africa.

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