Faculty and Staff

Valerie Ouedraogo

Faculty, Social Work

PhD (Kassel, Germany)

9-411D, City Centre Campus
10700 – 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB


Somnoma Valerie Ouedraogo graduated in 2008 with a Diploma in Social Work/Social Pedagogy (Master of Social Work) from the University of Mittweida (Germany). She received her Ph.D. in social work from the University of Kassel with a scholarship of excellence from the Foundation Friedrich Ebert (Germany) in 2012. Valerie’s research themes focus on immigration/integration, qualitative methodologies, and international social work. Her scholarly activities include research in West Africa, Germany, Brazil, and Canada.

Available to supervise senior students' independent study.

Integration, trans-nationalism, ethnography, restitution, Burkinabe labour migrants

Teaching and Research Interests

As a Social Worker, Dr. Ouedraogo is interested in doing social work research and teaching from an intercultural perspective. She has an understanding of a transnational worldview and invites students to share her enthusiasm for an International Social Work vision. She believes that people are experts of their own realities and is doing explorative research activities  to understand immigration and integration issues from the perspective of the immigrants' experiences, aspiration, and trans-national lifestyle. As part of Dr. Ouedraogo's current research, she is co-conducting a project that explores alternative communication tools (forum theater, slide show, and questions-discussions sessions) with surveyed populations in West Africa (Senegal and Burkina Faso). Committed to qualitative methodology, she will provide project particiapnts with the results of research, so that they can appropriate the results for their own daily life needs.

The experiences and knowledge she gains through her research activities supporting her in improving her relationships with students and in  nourishing her teaching activities (group work, role play, and case work).

Selected Publications / Presentations / Conference Papers

 Mondain, N., Delaunay, V., & Ouedraogo, v. (2016). Reporting results back in health and demographic surveillance systems (HDSS): An ethical requirement and a strategy for improving health behaviours. Journal of African Population Studies, 30(2), 2355-2368. doi:10.11564/30-2,-840

Ouedraogo, S.V. (2014). Chercheurs de « l’entre-deux » - Travailleurs sociaux dans le rôle de chercheurs : proximité et distance d’une ethnographie interpretative [Researchers of the “in- between” – social workers in the role of researchers: proximity and distance of an interpretative ethnography]. Fractal: Revista de Psicologia, 26(3), 765-784. doi:10.1590/1984-0292/1334 

Ouedraogo, S.V. (2011). Transnationalität – die dedeutung der migrationsarbeit und migrationsforschung für die soziale arbeit [Transnationality – The significance of migration work and research in social work], Revue Soziale Arbeit, 60 (3), 82-86. ISSN 0490-1606

Ouedraogo, S. V. (2015). La restitution comme introduction à une approche participative: Cas des trois journées thématiques de Niakhar au Sénégal, [Restitution as an introduction to participatory approaches: The case of the three thematic days in Niakhar at Senegal]. Formation pour la recherche avec,University Federal Fluminense, Niteroi, Brazil, April 27-29, 2015.

Ouedraogo, S.V. (2014) Transnationalisme de mobilité: Les migrations de travail entre le Burkina Faso et la Côte d’Ivoire [Transnationalism of mobility: Labour migrations between Burkina Faso and Ivory Coast]. Mobilité(s), University of Ottawa, Canada, October 14-17, 2014.




Awards / Grants / Fellowships

Institut de Recherche de l’Hôpital Montfort (IRHM) [Research Institute of the Montfort Hospital], Grant for interdisciplinary pilot project (2016)

Professional Associations / Memberships

Alberta College of Social Workers

Boards / Committees

  • Academic Women Network, MacEwan University
  • Undergraduate Student Research Initiative, MacEwan University