Hieu Ngo

Associate Dean, Teaching and Learning

Associate Professor

Calgary Campus


University of Calgary


University of Calgary


University of Calgary

Contact information



MacKimmie Tower : MT315

Research Activities

Research areas

  • Immigrant, Refugee, Ethno-Cultural, and Racialized Groups
  • Human Service Organizations and Systems
  • Infant, Children and Adolescents

Areas of Focus: 

Immigrant children and youth, gang prevention, organizational practice, community practice, diversity competency, social entrepreneurship, community leadership, critical social work, arts-based social work practice, community-based research and theoretical development

Current Research

Hieu is the principal investigator of the Identity-Based Wraparound Intervention Project. This collaborative action research aims to develop a Canadian approach to youth gang prevention through integration of direct support to high risk and gang involved youth from immigrant families, research and evaluation, and multi-stakeholder collaboration.  Among the key partners include the Centre for Newcomers, Calgary Police Service, Calgary Board of Education, Calgary Catholic School District, Alberta Health Services and City of Calgary. This five-year project was awarded $5.3 million by Public Safety Canada.

Other research projects include:

  • Contributions of Microloans to Economic and Social Integration of Skilled Immigrants (Co-Investigators:  Dr. Lloyd Wong, Caroline Sommerfeld)
  • International Group Study through a Social Justice Lens
  • Supporting Somali Canadian Youth and Families in Calgary (Co-Investigators: Dr. Martha Fanjoy)
  • Sustainability in Youth Crime Prevention (Co-Investigators:  Frank Johnston, Judy Hansen, Susan Ramsundarsingh)
  • Understanding the Non-Profit Sector in Vietnam: Development, Challenges and Opportunities


Hieu Van Ngo joined the Faculty of Social Work as an assistant professor in 2012. He is grounded in life experience, professional practice and community leadership. Since 2001, Hieu has developed and led more than 13 collaborative projects with a total value of $6.4 million. His scholarship and practice have focused on youth gang prevention, diversity and inclusion, non-profit management, community leadership and community-based research. Hieu is passionate about transformative learning and teaching, and has mentored a number of graduate and undergraduate students within the university and across the globe. 


  • Peak Scholar Award: 2015
  • Terry Fox Humanitarian Award: 1993-1997
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Doctoral Scholarship: 2006-2008
  • Izaak Walton Killam Scholarship Award: 2008