Dr Maria Teresa Ferazzoli


Dr Maria Teresa Ferazzoli is a Research Associate in the Department of Sociological Studies at the University of Sheffield with an interdisciplinary and multifaceted work experience as practitioner and academic.

Maria Teresa is working on the following research projects:

“Everyday Bordering’ in the UK: The impact on social care practitioners and the migrant families with whom they work”, led by Dr Julie Walsh. This study examines the intersections of place, immigration policy, migrant families everyday lives and social care practice.

MIMY: EMpowerment through liquid Integration of Migrant Youth in vulnerable conditions” – EU Horizon 2020 fund project . The project takes an innovative multi-method approach which places young migrants at the centre of knowledge creation about their resilience, resistance and integration, and the impact of intersecting social inequalities.

In previous role she has worked on research projects that explore particularly sensitive subjects, including the role of faith-based organisations in anti-trafficking, and parent’s experiences of miscarriage, stillbirth and unexplained neonatal death.

Maria Teresa joined the department in 2014 as a PhD student and began teaching in 2015. She was awarded her PhD from the University of Sheffield in 2019 with the thesis “The formation of deinstitutionalization discourses in Italy and England: a cross-national archaeological study”. Before commencing her PhD studies at Sheffield she completed a Masters’ degree in Psychology at “La Sapienza” University of Rome and she worked as a project coordinator and research with the Newark branch of the national mental health charity Mind. Since 2018, Maria Teresa has become a Research Associate in the department.

Research interests

Maria Teresa’s research interests are focused on exploring mental health policies. In particular, her research seeks to explore the international differences in practices and mental health systems. Her PhD research focused on the historical process of deinstitutionalization of psychiatric services in Italy and in England. Maria Teresa’s research interests include the provision of mental health support in different countries, and she previously worked as a project coordinator for the mental health charity, Mind.