Dr Natalie Kenely

Dr Natalie Kenely

Dr Natalie Kenely


Senior Lecturer

Room 121
Humanities B (FEMA/FSW)
University of Malta
  +356 2340 2743
Dr Natalie Kenely is Head of the Department of Social Policy and Social Work within the Faculty for Social Wellbeing, where she has lectured since 1994. As Senior Lecturer, her main areas of teaching include personal and professional development, macro-practice, and management and leadership in social welfare. She has chaired the Faculty's Research Ethics Committee for the past 4 years, and currently sits on the University Research Ethics Committee. She coordinates Practical Placements of social work students within the Department. Dr Kenely provides supervision to social workers in the field.

Her research interests include:
- Management and Leadership
- Emotional Intelligence
- Resilience
- Reflective Practice
- Compassion fatigue and burnout

Her PhD Thesis, titled Emotional Intelligence and Transformational Leadership in Social Work, sought to explore issues of organisational climate, human resource functions and leadership in the light of their effect on relationships within a major social work services Agency, and therefore their influence on the levels of emotional intelligence within the Agency.

Dr Kenely has presented her research in conferences both locally and abroad and was awarded Best Paper Award in an International Conference on Leadership held at Ashbridge Business School in London in 2013.

Dr Kenely is a warranted social worker and is a member of the Maltese Association for Social Workers (MASW). She is currently the University representative on the Junior College Board. She chaired the National Commission for the Family between 2012 and 2013. 

  • Management and leadership
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Compassion fatigue and burnout
  • Social Work management
  • Research
  • Resilience
  • Reflective Practice
  • DOC1004 - Understanding and Developing Assertiveness
  • SWB5001 - Advanced Research Methods
  • SWP1270 - Community Engagement
  • SWP2711 - Professional Helping in Social Work Practice
  • SWP3081 - Management and Leadership in Social Welfare
  • SWP3311 - Placement A
  • SWP3611 - Practical Elements of Helping Skills
  • SWP4311 - Placement B
  • SWP4516 - Case Studies in Social Work
  • SWP5142 - Personal Development
  • SWP5148 - Professional Development