Dr María Romeo-Velilla joined the EuroHealthNet as a European Research Project Assistant in October 2017. Her main responsibilities involve: 1) assisting EuroHealthNet’s research platform in their role as the INHERIT project coordinator (e.g., supporting the initial implementation process of twelve INHERIT pilot studies taking place across Europe); 2) supporting that information on the progress of the project is communicated within the 18 partner consortium (e.g., outcomes being communicated on the INHERIT website, reporting on internal meetings); 3) helping organising events (e.g., workshops with policy makers in different European countries); and 4) contributing to other responsibilities of EuroHealthNet (e.g., internal and external communications, capacity building and knowledge development, administration and events organisation).
Prior to EuroHealthNet, Maria completed a PhD in Health Promotion at Staffordshire University (UK, May 2017). Her PhD aimed to study how individual- and community- ‘real world’ health promotion programmes can complement each other to empower participants and help tackle health inequalities. A qualitative methodological approach was implemented. Maria also acted then as the research lead of the evaluation study of a bottom-up community engagement project.
Before completing her PhD, Maria completed in 2008 a MA in Sports Management (University of Central Lancashire, UK). After this, Maria worked at the Research Institute for Sport and Exercise Science in Liverpool John Moores University (UK) as part of the Liverpool Active City research and evaluation team (2008-10), as well as investigating the impact of the SmokeFree Sports campaign (2011-12). These roles involved health inequalities as the core component. She has also lectured at the University of Central Lancashire. Before moving to the UK, Maria graduated as Physical Education teacher in University of Zaragoza (Spain) and thought Physical Education in a Secondary School of Spain.