Marcello Bertotti

Dr Marcello Bertotti

Research Fellow

Public health, development of conceptual and policy research on urban disadvantaged areas

, School of Health, Sport and Bioscience

Marcello is a Senior Research Fellow in the Research, Innovation and Enterprise Group. He applies insights from Human Geography, Sociology and Economics to the study of health and health inequalities, integrated care, social prescribing including the development of asset-based approaches to health and well-being.

Qualifications

  • BSc in Economics and Politics
  • MA in Local Economic Development
  • PhD in Economic Geography 

Areas Of Interest

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  • Public health
  • Social prescribing evaluation and training
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OVERVIEW

Marcello draws upon insights from different scholarly traditions to inform the development of conceptual and policy research on urban disadvantaged areas in the UK and beyond. He has held research grants from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Netherland Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), Health Foundation (Shine), NHS England (NHS-E), Department of Health and has led on other research consultancy projects for Public Health England, Newham Clinical Commissioning Group, Greater London Authority and for the private sector.

Marcello has applied conceptual insights from social capital to the study of social enterprises and mental health; from governance theories to the examination of social enterprise in South Korea;  and insights from economic geography to the examination of the impact of creative industries in London, Rotterdam and other European cities. He is also a member of the AHRC sponsored Connected Communities programme for which he led a project on the conceptualisations and meanings of community from different research traditions.

Marcello's work is currently focused on integrated care and community health, notably the development of social prescribing, an alternative care pathway from primary care to the community and voluntary sector via a link worker. He has led three evaluations of social prescribing, and collaborated on reviews and other publications in this area. He is the social prescribing co-lead for London for the social prescribing network which is a national network uniting 1,600 members including commissioners, practitioners, and researchers across England and beyond. He is also advising the Greater London Authority on the development of social prescribing across the capital and delivering accredited training in social prescribing.

Marcello supervises PhD students working in the areas of health inequalities.  He would welcome supervising doctoral research looking at alternative approaches to promoting health and well-being as well as the economic and social determinants of health and mental health.

External roles

  • Social prescribing co-lead for London for the Social Prescribing Network
  • Steering group member of the social prescribing network
  • UCL Partner Improvement Fellow

CURRENT RESEARCH

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  • Evaluation of Young people social prescribing in four English sites, funded by Department of Health and Social Care
  • A systematic mapping of navigator roles in primary care, funded by the Greater London Authority
  • Evaluation of social prescribing in Redbridge, funded by the Department of Health and Social Care
  • From isolation to interaction: developing a network, to share learning, develop outcome measures, and ensure the potential of social prescribing meets the needs of the NHS, Health Foundation (Spreading improvement, supporting dissemination), Principal Investigator, Nov 2016
  • 'Valuing students' assets and nurturing ambitions: the role of East London Time Bank, UEL civic engagement grant, Principal Investigator, Sep 2016
  • Social Prescribing: integrating GP and community assets for health', Health Foundation (Shine award), Principal Investigator, Oct 2015
  •  'Assessing the Social Return on Investment of Highway House', University of East London, Principal Investigator, Sep 2015
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PUBLICATIONS

PEER REVIEW PUBLICATIONS AND REPORTS

  • Bertotti M, Rao M, Dan-Ogosi I (accepted, in print) 'Workplace Well-being in London Chinese Business Community', International Journal of Workplace Health Management, publication in early 2017
  • Bertotti M, Han Y, Netuveli G, Sheridan, K and Renton, A (2014) 'Governance in South Korean Social Enterprises: are there alternative models?', Social Enterprise Journal, 10 (1)
  • Bertotti M, Watts P, Netuveli G, Yu G, Schmidt E, Tobi P, Lais S and Renton A (2013) 'Types of social capital and mental disorder in deprived urban areas: a multilevel study of 40 disadvantaged London neighbourhoods', PlosOne  http://dx.plos.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0080127
  • Jamal F, Bertotti M, Lorenc T, Harden A (2013) 'Reviewing conceptualisations of community: reflections on a meta-narrative approach' Qualitative Research [doi:10.1177/1468794113509262]
  • Bertotti M, Adams-Eaton F, Sheridan K and Renton A (2012) 'Key barriers to community cohesion: views from residents of 20 London deprived neighbourhoods', GeoJournal, April 2012, 77 (2), pp 223-234
  • Syrett, S and Bertotti, M (2012) “Reconsidering Private Sector Engagement in Sub-National Policy”, Environment and Planning A, 44 (10), 2310-2326
  • Yu G, Renton A, Schmidt E, Tobi P, Bertotti M, Watts P and Lais S (2011) 'A multilevel analysis of the effect of bonding social networks and support on leisure time physical activity: evidence from 40 disadvantaged areas in London', Health and Place, 17, 1023-1029
  • Syrett, S and Bertotti, M (2012) 'Reconsidering Private Sector Engagement in Sub-National Policy', Environment and Planning A, 44 (10), 2310-2326
  • Bertotti, M. Harden, A., Renton, A. and Sheridan, K (2011) “The contribution of social enterprise to building social capital in a disadvantaged area of London”, Community Development Journal, doi: 10.1093/cdj/bsr020
  • Sheridan K, Adams-Eaton F, Trimble A, Renton A, Bertotti M (2011) 'Community Engagement using World Café: The Well London Experience', Groupwork and Wellbeing, 20 (3), 32-50
  • Bertotti M, Adams-Eaton F, Sheridan K and Renton A (2012) 'Key barriers to community cohesion: views from residents of 20 London deprived neighbourhoods', GeoJournal, April 2012, 77 (2), pp 223-234
  • Lyon F and Bertotti M (2007) 'Measuring the contribution of small firms to reducing poverty and increasing social inclusion in the UK' in Stoner, A F and Wankel, C (eds) "Innovative approaches to reducing global poverty", Information Age Publishing Inc., Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Bertotti, M, Leahy, G and Sheridan, K (2011) "To what extent do social enterprises measure their social and environmental impact?", British Journal of Healthcare Management, 17 (4): 152-156
  • Yu G, Renton A, Schmidt E, Tobi P, Bertotti M, Watts P and Lais S (2011) 'A multilevel analysis of the effect of bonding social networks and support on leisure time physical activity: evidence from 40 disadvantaged areas in London', Health and Place, 17, 1023-1029
  • Bertotti M, Harden A, Renton A, and Sheridan K (2011) 'The contribution of a social enterprise to the building of social capital in a disadvantaged urban area of London', Community Development Journal, doi:10.1093/cdj/bsr020

PUBLISHED REPORT

  • Bertotti M, Frostick C, Findlay G, Netuveli G, Tong J, Harden A, Renton A (UEL); Carnes D, Sohanpal R, Hull S (Queen Mary) (2015) 'Social Prescribing: integrating GP and Community Assets for Health', report commissioned by Health Foundation (shine award)
  • Dawn C, Sohanpal, Mathur R, Homer K, Hull S (Queen Mary); Bertotti M, Frostick C, Findlay G, Netuveli G, Tong J, Harden A, Renton A (UEL) (2015) 'City and Hackney Social Prescribing Service: Evaluation Report', commissioned by City and Hackney Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Bertotti M, Farr R, and Akinbode A (2015) 'Assessing the Social Return on Investment of Highway House, a homeless shelter in Haringey, London', University of East London, Civic Engagement grant

FUNDING

Marcello has held research grants from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Netherland Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), Health Foundation (Shine), NHS England (NHS-E), Department of Health and has led on other research consultancy projects for Public Health England, Newham Clinical Commissioning Group, Greater London Authority and for the private sector.

  • Mar 2016 Bertotti, M (PI) An evaluation of the social prescribing pilot in the London Borough of Waltham Forest, Waltham Forest Council and Waltham Forest CCG
  • Dec 2015 Bertotti, M (co-PI), Dr Patrick Hutt (clinical lead City and Hackney CCG, Caroline Frostick) From isolation to interaction: developing a network, to share learning, develop outcome measures, and ensure the potential of social prescribing meets the needs of the NHS. Health Foundation (Spreading improvement, supporting dissemination)
  • May 2015 Bertotti M (PI), Farr R, Akinbode A 'Assessing the economic, social and health impact of a Homeless shelter (Highway House) and designing a health pathway for people experiencing homelessness', UEL HSB
  • Oct 2014 Bertotti M (PI), Hutt P, Carnes D 'Social Prescribing:integrating GP and community assets for health', Health Foundation (Shine)
  • July 2014 M (PI) 'Changes in health outcomes in diabetic and pre-diabetic patients in the Newham Community Prescribing pilot project: analysis of pre and post data', Newham Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Jan 2014 Mala Rao (PI), Bertotti M (Co-Investigator) 'Workplace Well-being within the Chinese Business community in England', Public Health England
  • Mar 2012 Bertotti M (PI) with Rotterdam University and Erasmus University (The Netherlands), 'An examination of the contribution of creative enterprise centres to the development of more sustainable communities', Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and NWO Humanities (Netherland Scientific Organisation)
  • Feb 2011 Bertotti M (PI), Harden, A 'A review of conceptualisations and meanings of community within and across research traditions: a meta-narrative approach', Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), Connected Communities Programme

TEACHING

Marcello's teaching areas include: social enterprise, research methods, critical practices and perspectives in health promotion, health policy.

He has supervised students on the UEL undergraduate course on social enterprise and is currently supervising four PhD students (two as Director of Studies) in the areas of reciprocity and altruism (time banks), the validation of a quality of life measurement (CASP) in Pakistan, physical activity and superdiversity, and civic engagement and health.