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City, University of London
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Dr Cassandra Yuill is a medical anthropologist, specialising in maternal health. Broadly, her research focuses on health decision-making, particularly about maternity care, in the United Kingdom, examining the convergence of policy, history and choice in the health system through concepts of body and practice.

She has conducted anthropological research on adolescent nutrition and physical activity, parent-infant sleep, and place of birth. Her key interests encompass a range of reproductive health topics, including interaction of policy and maternity services, midwifery-led care, e-Health and harm reduction.

Cassandra received her BA from University of Maryland, College Park, MSc from University of Durham and PhD from City, University of London. Her doctoral thesis explored parents' decision-making about place of birth, drawing from ethnographic research in East London. Previously, she worked as a Research Assistant and then Research Associate in the Durham Infancy & Sleep Centre, University of Durham. She is currently a Research Fellow in the Centre for Maternal and Child Health Research.


  1. PhD, City, University London, United Kingdom, 2016 – 2019
  2. MSc, Durham University, United Kingdom, 2012 – 2013
  3. BA, University of Maryland, College Park, United States, 2008 – 2011


  1. Research Fellow, City, University London, 2020 – present
  2. Research Associate, Durham University, 2015 – 2016
  3. Research Assistant, Durham University, 2013 – 2015

Memberships of professional organisations

  1. European Association of Social Anthropologists


French (can read, write, speak and understand spoken).


Journal articles (2)

  1. Yuill, C. (2018). Better Births at the Barkantine in East London: celebrating ten years. AIMS Journal, 30(2), pp. 16–18.
  2. Yuill, C. (2018). ‘Is Anthropology Legal?’ Anthropology in Action, 25(2), pp. 36–41. doi:10.3167/aia.2018.250205.


  1. Yuill, C., Soria, J., Rocca-Ihenacho, L., Reeve-Jones, C. and McCourt, C. (2018). The Barkantine Birth Centre: Celebrating 10 years as a Community Hub. London: Barts Health NHS Trust.