About the Fellows
Francisca Roman has lectured in the Department of Psychology, Universidad de La Frontera, Temuco Chile, since 2002. She is interested in the influences of social contexts on young people's drinking patterns. She recently finished her PhD in Epidemiology and Public Health, University College London where she examined the role of school socioeconomic environment in adolescent drinking patterns in relation to parental and peer factors.
Her project as a Prince Mahidol Fellow for 2017-2018 is aimed at examining area-level deprivation influences on alcohol use in young people in Chile. Using nationally representative cross-sectional data on substance use, she is examining whether young people’s drinking patterns cluster within areas of residence and whether drinking patterns are related to area-level deprivation.
Flavia Sesti has been an Italian NHS civil servant, since 2010 and an active member of the Italian Society of Migration Medicine, since 2016. She is interested in health equity and migrant health. She recently completed her PhD with honours in Public Health at Sapienza University of Rome, spending 6 months at the UCL IHE, where she examined the role of intersectoral policies in tackling inequities in migrant health.
Her project as a Prince Mahidol Fellow for 2017-2018 is aimed at investigating how health outcomes are influenced by socio-economic position among migrants and Italians. Particularly, its scope is to examine how health inequities differ between migrants and host population in order to offer evidence for policymakers to develop more appropriate policies for tackling inequalities in society as a whole.
In 2015 Professor Sir Michael Marmot was awarded the Prince Mahidol Award for his services to Public Health.
His award was presnted at the Prince Mahidol Award Conference (PMAC) 'Global Health Post 2015: Accelerating Equity' at the Centara Grand & Bangkok Convention Centre.
The award included a generous financial prize, which in turn was kindly donated by Professor Marmot to the UCL IHE, to fund a number of research fellowships designed to help develop the next cadre of researchers working in the area of inequalities in health, whilst building strategic global links between UCL and other institutions world-wide.