Faculty, Social Work
PhD (Kassel, Germany)
9-411D, City Centre Campus10700 – 104 AvenueEdmonton, AB780-633-3629
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.
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. (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