Lydia Mehrara

Ms Lydia Mehrara

PhD Fellow
Institution: Nord University
Current Insitution Location: Norway

Phone Number: +4775517166

Universitetsalleen 11, FSV, E315, 8026 Bodø

Migration Health Research Area/Expertise:
I am a PhD Fellow in Sociology at Nord University in Bodø, Norway. My doctoral project examines the extent to which universal provisions meet the needs of diverse groups by looking at the delivery of reproductive health services across Norway.

My project focuses on studying whether and how different levels of government in Norway are responding to the challenges brought upon their health system by the rise of the migrant population, and what its effects are on service users and providers. I will be conducting this from the perspective of maternal health services as it targets women specifically- a group whose special needs are often overlooked by the general policy.

My project combines topics of gender, migration, health, politics, welfare and social sciences together. Additionally, the practical focus of my project is to recognize the challenges in the practice field, and translate them into policies and theory, and also translate theory into practice.

My interest surrounding this topic stems from my undergraduate studies in Global health at the University of Toronto and my European Master in Social Work with Families and Children.

Research Focus/Expertise on Relevant Migrant Categories:
Internal Migration
Migrant Workers (Children, Adolescents, Adults, Elderly)

International/Cross-Border Migration
Asylum seekers (Children, Adolescents, Adults, Elderly)
Refugees (Children, Adolescents, Adults, Elderly)
Resident visa holders (Children, Adolescents, Adults, Elderly)
Seasonal farm workers (Children, Adolescents, Adults, Elderly)

General Research Focus/Expertise: 
Community participation in health
Health law
Labour migration and health
Maternal and child health
Primary health care
Public Health
Refugee health
Sexual and reproductive health

Relevant Publications

Title Author Year Published Link to Publication
Imperfections of a Perfect State: A social policy analysis of the provisions of maternal health services for migrant women in Norway - A case study on Stavanger Lydia Mehrara 2017
Seeking the Ideal of Universalism within Norway’s Social Reality Lydia Mehrara 2020
Health Equity and Universal Provision in Norway: A Case Study Lydia Mehrara; Susan Young 2020