Dr Julie Botticello

Senior Lecturer

Public Health

Department of Allied and Public Health , School of Health, Sport and Bioscience

I hold a PhD in Anthropology and maintain a research interest in post-colonial populations within the UK. My research concerns the social determinants of health and the barriers to achieving wellbeing, as well as the validation of diverse knowledge bases and experiences toward the achievement of social justice in health and education.

Areas Of Interest

Anti-racism; Infectious diseases and non-communicable; Migrants and refugees; Social determinants of health; Social justice; Structural inequalities.

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In addition to conducting research, I teach and support students across the entire range of higher education, from Foundation, through Undergraduate to Master’s and PhD.

Current PhD students include:

  • Simone Gordon: The experiences of caregivers supporting euthanasia candidates in the UK.
  • Hannah Varker: The menstruating body as abject in performance training.
  • Ifeoma Dan-Ogosi: The impact of participatory budgeting on health and well-being: a qualitative case study of a deprived community in London.

Completed PhD/MPhil students include:

  • Dr Nasrin Soltani: An exploratory study on the physical activity and dietary behaviours of Iranian immigrant and refugee women in the United Kingdom.
  • Margaret Apwonyokwe: Structural violence and displaced people in Uganda: Acholi people and their experiences of war and forced displacement.


An anthropologist, I bring expertise in qualitative methods, including ethnographic practice and community-led research. My PhD addressed the wellbeing of Yoruba-Nigerian émigrés to the UK, through attention to diet, alternative medicines, social cohesion, and religious practice. My current research addresses the social determinants of health, with respect to migrant and otherwise marginalised groups, regarding inclusion in higher education and access to appropriate health care. Since 2015, I have collaborated with colleagues from Imperial College London, Public Health England, the National Health Service, Queen Mary, University of London, and community-based organisations to develop research and deliver health promotion initiatives.

Most recent research


Journal Articles

Book chapters

  • Botticello, J. and West, T.O. (2021) Ethnic Minority Students in the UK: Addressing Inequalities in Access, Support, and Wellbeing in Higher Education, in E. Guerrero (ed.), The Effective Elimination of Structural Racism. London: InTech Open, pp. 1-16.
  • Botticello, J. (2010) Yoruba-Nigerians, Cosmopolitan Food Cultures and Identity Practices on a London Market, in P Williams-Forson and C Counihan (eds.) Taking Food Public: Redefining Foodways in a Changing World, New York and London: Routledge, pp. 425-437.
  • Botticello, J. (2009) Fashioning Individuality and Social Connectivity among Yoruba Women in London, in D Miller (ed.) Anthropology and the Individual, Oxford: Berg, pp. 131-144.


  • Global Health
  • Health Promotion
  • Research Proposal
  • Dissertation
  • Introduction to Human Health and Disease
  • Local and Global Perspectives in Health
  • Public Health
  • Public Health Ethics and the Law


Academic mentor, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University, USA.