Nazmy Villarroel-Williams

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Nazmy Villarroel-Williams MPH, PhD

Lecturer in Global Public Health


Nazmy Villarroel-Williams is a Lecturer in Global Public Health at Sheffield Hallam University. She holds a Ph.D. and MPH in Public Health for her project, looking at health inequalities among the migrant population in Spain. Her passion for health inequalities came from her upbringing: she was born in a mixed ethnic working-class family in Chile, grew up in different Latin American countries, and moved to Spain in her early teens. She has not stopped discovering new cultures since then.


"When you are born a migrant woman of colour, you find yourself wondering what actions need to be taken to move forward and achieve equity in a diverse society.”
Before becoming a Lecturer she worked as a post-doctoral researcher in different countries. Most recently she successfully completed a NIHR-SPHR fellowship with Prof. Sarah Salway at the University of Sheffield.
Nazmy has volunteered with different NGOs for migrants/refugees’ health needs in Spain, Scotland, and Ireland. During her research position in Edinburgh, and thanks to the unconditional support of her mentor Raj Bhopal. She had the opportunity to collaborate with Doctors of the World, in an exploratory mission during the refugee crisis in 2015 in the Balkan area.
“This experience has shaped the way I approach research and teaching in my day to day life”.
All these diverse experiences have taught her adaptability to highly heterogenous environments and proactive research and teaching skills. Nazmy believes in the importance of intellectual freedom in order to create healthy and real partnerships between academia and the public. Nazmy is a member of The Global Society on Migration, Ethnicity, Race, and Health (MERH) and has published her work in high-impact journals. You can find more about her work in Researchgate.



Department of Psychology, Sociology and Politics

College of Social Sciences and Arts

Public Health


Journal articles

Khan, Z., Vowles, Z., Fernandez Turienzo, C., Barry, Z., Brigante, L., Downe, S., ... Sandall, J. (2023). Targeted health and social care interventions for women and infants who are disproportionately impacted by health inequalities in high-income countries: a systematic review. International Journal for Equity in Health, 22 (1).

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