Viola Cassetti

Anthropology BA/MA; Public Health EPH/ PhD research student

School of Health and Related Research

PhD student

vcassetti1@sheffield.ac.uk

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Viola Cassetti
School of Health and Related Research
Regent Court (ScHARR)
30 Regent Street
Sheffield
S1 4DA
Profile

After graduating as an anthropologist in Bologna, Italy, I competed an MA in Development and Rights at Goldsmiths College, in London. I then moved to Latin America and worked in community development for about three years.

In Nicaragua I facilitated educational projects in a community affected by an epidemic of Chronic Kidney Disease of non-traditional causes and coordinated international volunteering programmes. In Mexico, I collaborated on a project with local pottery artisan to test alternative fuel to prevent occupational health hazards. Working in community health programmes motivated me to undertake further studies in Public Health.

I moved back to Europe to study the European Master in Public Health at ScHARR with a specialisation in Health promotion at the Andalusian School of Public Health in Granada, Spain. During this time, I also worked as a Research assistant exploring vision specialists’ perspectives on models of childhood vision care on a project of the University of Sheffield and NHS CLAHRC.

In 2016 I was awarded the University Prize Scholarship for a PhD research at ScHARR. My research will look at how asset-based approaches can promote health and reduce inequalities in neighbourhoods. Using qualitative research and theory-based approaches, I will focus on two examples of asset-based approaches, one in Spain and one in the UK.

Supervisors

Research interests

I am interested in researching community health promotion interventions and ways to improve transferability of programmes (knowledge translation), with a focus on exploring evaluation framework and methods.

Title of PhD

Asset-based approaches to promote health and reduce inequalities in neighbourhoods: A qualitative theory-based investigation of two case studies

Teaching interests
  • Qualitative Health Research
  • Community health
  • Health promotion and Salutogenesis
  • Community development and participation
  • Health inequalities
Publications

Cassetti, V., Powell, K., Barnes, A., & Sanders, T. (2019). A systematic scoping review of asset-based approaches to promote health in communities: development of a framework. Global Health Promotion. https://doi.org/10.1177/1757975919848925