Doctoral student in the Welfare, Management and Health Program (WELMA)

Early stage researcher in Social Work

Natalie Joubert is currently a Welfare, Health and Management (WELMA) doctoral student at the University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio. She is a professionally qualified social worker who completed the Nordic Master in Social Work and Welfare in 2019. Her interest is in cultural diversity, parenting practices, the mental health and well-being of  children in migrant families and social inclusion in Scandinavia and  Europe.


  1. Joubert, Natalie, Anand, Janet Carter and Mäki-Opas, Tomi, (2020), Migration as a Challenge to the Sustainability of Nordic Gender Equality Policies as Highlighted through the Lived Experiences of Eritrean Mothers Living in Denmark, Sustainability, 12, issue 23. Impact Factor – 2.567

  2. Joubert, Natalie Lynette. "Parenting in a New Context–Eritrean Parents Living in Denmark."ERIS Journal–Winter 2021–Forced Migration and Minority Groups (2021): 36.

  3. Farahani, Hadi, Natalie Joubert, Janet C. Anand, Timo Toikko, and Mohamad Tavakol. (2021). "A Systematic Review of the Protective and Risk Factors Influencing the Mental Health of Forced Migrants: Implications for Sustainable Intercultural Mental Health Practice" Social Sciences 10, no. 9: 334

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Teaching Activities

Working for Diversity University of Eastern Finland Course 2021

Societal Activities

My work is focused on the integration of families either through forced or voluntary migration in Europe. In particular I am interested in the role of parenting practices in promoting the effective acculturation of children within the European community. I aim to clarify and critically examine parenting practices and their contribution to the social, physical and emotional well-being of children transitioning into education and social life in Europe.

Research groups and research projects

  • Research Project Manager (2011): ICARUSS - University of Melbourne
  • Practice research project (2018): Aalborg Aktiv: Meaningful employment for disabled persons in Aalborg. University of Aalborg, Denmark
  • Master of Social Work Thesis (2019): The lived experience of Eritrean refugee parents as they transition from their country of origin to the Aalborg community in Denmark University of Aalborg, Denmark
  • Platform presentation at the 9th International Conference on Social Work in Health and Mental Health, York, United Kingdom (2019): More than a Blanket and a Spoon - The lived experience of Eritrean refugee parents in the Aalborg community living in Denmark.
  • Presentation at the Annual Finnish Social Pedagogy Online Conference (2021): Life in parenting: co-creating services for refugee parents whose access to services is challenged
  • Workshop on Cultural Competency at the Annual Finnish Social Pedagogy Online Conference (2021)
  • Presentation at European Conference on Social Work Education (2021)
  • Presentation at House of Effectiveness Conference, University of Eastern Finland (2021)
Research Collaboration - Nordic Baltic Resource Centre (2020); Nordic Arab Research Group (2020); BOMOCULT Research Community (2021); House of Effectiveness Community (2021);University of Finland and University of Namibia research team (2021)

Research groups - UEF