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Nazmy Villarroel-Williams

Post-doctoral launching fellow

Health Inequalities theme

University of Sheffield

Research Interests

Migrant and ethnic minority health, health inequalities, social epidemiology, social determinants of health, quantitative methods.

Nazmys Academic Career Journey

Nazmy Villarroel-Williams is a NIHR SPHR Research Fellow in Public Health at the University of Sheffield. She holds a PhD 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.”

As a post-doctoral researcher, 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 in my day to day life”.

All these diverse experiences have taught her adaptability to highly heterogenous environments and proactive research skills. Nazmy believes in the importance of intellectual freedom in order to create healthy and real partnerships between academia and the public. This meant that when she applied for a NIHR SPHR post-doctoral launching fellowship, she had more confidence in her proposal. The fellowship was to do a postdoc at the University of Sheffield to work with Professor Sarah Salway. And she got it. She could not have done it without support from her family, colleagues her mentors based in Spain, Scotland and Ireland she says, and also from NIHR SPHR, particularly in these challenging times we are all living in.


  • 2020
  • NIHR SPHR Post-doctoral launching fellow
  • University of Sheffield
  • 2018
  • Postdoctoral researcher
  • University of Limerick
  • 2016
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow
  • University of Edinburgh
  • 2015
  • PhD
  • Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona
  • 2008
  • MPH
  • Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona

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