Nirmala Devi Gopal

Nirmala Devi Gopal

Associate Professor

Discipline Criminology
Contact Number 031-260-7896
Campus Howard College Campus
Office Address Memorial Tower Building, Room F184
Last Updated 3 years ago

Degrees Held

  • Bachelor of Arts Degree, University of Durban-Westville, 1985
  • Higher Diploma in Education (Secondary Schools), University of Durban-Westville, 1988
  • Honours: Criminology, University of South Africa, 1991
  • MA: Criminology, University of Durban-Westville, 1998
  • Ded: Education, University of Durban-Westville, 2003


  • School and gender based violence
  • Peace and Security
  • Illicit drug use
  • Cybercrime


  • Theories
  • Biological, psychological and sociological pathways to criminal behavior and offending.
  • Youth criminality

Selected Publications

Community Involvements

  • (2009-2011), Broad Labour Forum- sub committee of Board, An affiliate of the department of Higher education and Training whose specific function is skills development in the Higher education sector.
  • (2011-2017), ETDP SETA Quality Assurance Committee-Sub Committee of Board, The focus of this committee is to approve unit standard learning programmes
  • (2010-2014), ETDP SETA – Sector Skills Planning working Group, Focuses on skills supply and demand in the Higher education sector.
  • (2011-2017), ETDP SETA – Higher Education and Research Chamber, The focus of this chamber is to commission research in Higher education Skills development
  • (2011-2019), ETDP SETA – Board, The focus of the board is to provide governance and leadership to all matters relating to ETDP seta’s strategic objectives.

Teaching Expertise

  • University Higher Education Diploma in Teaching
  • Doctorate in Education

Selected Publications