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.