Marelize Joubert

Dr Marelize Joubert Principal Lecturer - Prof. Doc. MBA, MSW, BA (Hons), PgCert ,FHEA

Principal Lecturer in Social Work


Qualified and SWE registered Social Worker with Child Protection experience in Frontline Practice, Quality assurance and children safeguarding, Substance misuse and Mental Health, Senior Management, multi-agency protocols, Interprofessional working, and Strategic and Business development within young people and adult substance / alcohol services within in NHS and Social Services setting since 1999 until joining SHU in 2007.


Marelize qualified as a social worker at the University of the North West in South Africa in 1997, where she completed her Masters in Social Work and Addiction Studies. She is currently working as a Principal lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University, in the Social Work, Social Care and Community Studies subject group. She has experience of being a course leader for the Masters in Social Work, a postgraduate qualifying course and BSC Nursing (learning disability) and Social Work degree.

She has experiences of teaching Interprofessional education provision of the College, and has an interest in Dual Diagnosis, Substance Misuse and Mental Health. She has undertaken research into the effectiveness of aftercare services for service user's experiencing substance misuse problems as well as consultancy work alongside the Nursing Subject Group on Addition Studies for the local NHS Primary Care Trust.

Marelize completed her Master's in Public Sector Management at Westminster University in 2010 with the focus on change management and transition. Other activities include writing a chapter for Learning Matters alongside colleagues on Introducing International Social Work. Marelize also presented at the JSWEC Conference in July 2015 on her Professional Doctorate Research focusing on social work students perceptions of their readiness for practice. Experience of external examiner duties and peer reviewer for a substance misuse text in 2014-2016. Marelize also submitted abstracts to the International Social Work Practice education conference in South Africa and Social Work Practice Education conference in Belfast in 2016 and 2017. Recent publications within social work practice learning and social work education during 2020 and 2021. Marelize is also a member of BASW Specialist interest group for substance misuse and alcohol. She is a school governor and a trustee with a local substance misuse service.

Specialist areas of interest

Marelize is interested in student resilience, organisational management, culture and change as well as student engagement, self-efficacy, dual diagnosis, parental substance misuse, alcohol and mental health and domestic violence. She is also interested in social work professional processes of APIR, interprofessional working and professional identity. In relation to research paradigms Marelize has a keen interest in Mixed Methodology and Realism, Pragmatism in social work.


Department of Social Work and Social Care and Community Studies

College of Health, Wellbeing and Life Sciences

Subject area

Social Work


Masters in Social Work, BA Social Work, BSc Nursing( LD) and Social Work, FDA, Health and Social Care top-up.


- Readiness for social work practice
- Interprofessional education
- Substance misuse
- Research methods for Social Work
- Leadership and management
- Parental Mental Health
- Court room skills
- Children and Families social work
- Theories and Methods of Interventions
- Professional practice


Resilience research exploring children and families social workers retention, emotional intelligence in staying with the employment from November 2020 -November 2021. Confirmation of grant award New Horizons - Communities and sense of belonging research with a research team and practitioners due to commence April 2021 - April 2023.

Relevant Projects

Currently involved with a research project focussing on children and families social workers resilience with a local authority. Confirmation of grant award New Horizons for research regarding ‘Exploring communities of belonging around drink’. Marelize is also in the process of writing a book on essential social work skills and knowledge prior to qualification with Learning Matters.


Journal articles

Rogers, M., Joubert, M., Cunnington, C., & Bosworth, D. (2023). The Social Work Online Team Training (SWOTT) toolkit: embedding team-based peer learning in continuous professional development. Social Work Education.

Bastin, R., & Joubert, M. (2021). Social Work Skills Days–‘Keeping It Real’. Practice.

Joubert, M., & Smith, K. (2021). PERCEPTIONS OF POVERTY: Exploring the attitudes of Sheffield Hallam University Social Work students to service-user poverty. International Journal of Arts, Humanities & Social Science, 2 (2), 8-13.

Joubert, M. (2020). Social work students’ perceptions of their readiness for practice and to practise. Social Work Education, 1-24.


Nelson, P., Bastin, R., Joubert, M., & Tabberer, S. (2023). Exploring communities of belonging around drink.

Theses / Dissertations

Joubert, M. (2017). Social work students' perceptions of readiness to practice: a mixed methods approach. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Gordon, F.

Other activities

- External Examiner at an HEI
- School Governor - primary school
- Trustee member - charitable organisation

Postgraduate supervision

Marelize has a strong background in social work, social policy and social work and public health research, particularly in relation to social workers readiness for practice, social work education, practice learning, organisational change management and organisational culture within Health and Social Work Settings. Much of her work involves interactions between social work professionals, voluntary organisations and families or adults. Marelize is an experienced mixed methods researcher and have drawn on a range of innovative methods in her own work, including diaries and drawings. Marelize has supervised Masters in Social Work students dissertation projects since 2008. She is current part of a supervisory team for a PhD student. Marelize also attended the PhD supervisory course at SHU in 2017.

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