Name: Claudia Di Matteo

Nationality: Italian

Countries where you have worked or studied:

  • I worked and studied in Italy, Horn of Africa - MONA Area, and France.
  • I studied also in England (Lincoln), Denmark (Aalborg), and Portugal (Lisbon).

Universities and qualifications before ADVANCES:

  • 2013 - University of Rome La Sapienza, Faculty of Sociology and Social Sciences – Qualification : M2 in Management and Evaluation of Public Policies and Social Services
  • 2010 - University of Rome La Sapienza, Faculty of Medicine and Psychology – Qualification:  Bachelor in Social Work

Previous professional experience/Fields of social work practice:

  • 2014 - Social Worker and Junior Project Manager. Field: Capacity Building and Sustainable Local Development –Djibouti – Horn of Africa.
  • 2015 - Community Social Worker. Field of practice: Migrations and Social Inclusion – Florence – Italy.

Three things that you most value about the ADVANCES programme

  1. Melting pot
  2. Debating with my classmates and the PBL
  3. Travelling around Europe

Message for other social workers thinking about applying for a place on ADVANCES:
Advances Programme is a life change experience. It means mostly change our mind-set, critically reflect on our own perspectives and beliefs and finally embrace a new social work identity.

Web links to any blog, project or profile that you would like to include:

Topic of research project:

Title “The internationalization of Social Work. Emerging discourses from the Erasmus Mundus Advances Programme”

Where were you based for Semester 4?
Paris – University of Nanterre

Current position and place of work:

  • Senior Social Worker Department of Mental Health – EPSM Marne – France.
  • PhD Candidate, University of Paris Nanterre (processing).

Any other jobs since graduating ADVANCES:

  • Senior Social Worker – Case Worker. Refugees and Asylum seekers technical and administrative support
  • Technical support in International cases of resettlement – France.