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Ingrid is a Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Biomedicine, Self and Society at the University of Edinburgh.  She is a medical sociologist who works with qualitative methods, including arts-based and participatory methods. She specialises in sexual and reproductive health and social justice, gender, biotechnologies and community activism. 

Prior to joining the University of Edinburgh, Ingrid worked at the Institute of Development Studies (2004 – 2007) and was a Research Fellow in Sexual Health at the University of Glasgow's Medical Research Council (MRC) / Chief Scientist Office (CSO) Social and Public Health Sciences Unit (2011-2016).

Research Interests

Ingrid is currently leading a knowledge-exchange project called Queers Coping With COVID in collaboration with The Love Tank. Funded by an ESRC IIA grant, this project explores examples of LGBTQ community practice and activist strategies that show not only innovation for survival during COVID-19, but the possibilities of collective queer care. Ingrid was co-investigator on the ESRC funded research study Digital Intimacies (2019-2022).

She is also currently working on a monograph with Jamie Hakim (Kings) and James Cummings (York) based on this research, exploring how queer men use smartphones to negotiate their cultures of intimacy. Ingrid currently co-leads two themes within the Wellcome supported Centre for Biomedicine, Self and Society: Beyond Sex and Beyond Bodies. Within this work, she leads on and collaborates with bioethicists, anthropologists, cultural theorists, artists, community activists and clinical practitioners on research and knowledge exchange relating to sexual and reproductive health, inequalities, LGBTQ rights and biotechnologies.

Ingrid is working with Dr Donna McCormack (Strathclyde) on Capturing Chronic Illness, a project which explores how visual arts can explore, represent and re-imagine how we see and understand chronic illness.

Collaborative Activity

Ingrid was PI on  "Sex, Drugs and Activism: Negotiating biological citizenship and pharmaceutical prevention" funded by a Wellcome Trust Seed Award in sexuality and health (2018 - 2019). This research project looks at PrEP in the UK as a case study to improve understanding of the role of community and clinical activism, sexual citizenship, and the use of pharmaceuticals for prevention in sexual health. Previous to this grant, Ingrid completed a 3-year Chief Scientist Office (CSO)-funded Postdoctoral Fellowship (2014 – 2017) in "Developing HIV Literacy". Through this work, she collaborated with health and community practitioners and other stakeholders (including NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, HIV Scotland, Terrence Higgins Trust, Waverly Care, aidsmap) to understand and support HIV literacy in the context of new and emerging HIV prevention technologies (e.g. PrEP).

Ingrid undertook a 3-year study called HIV and the Biomedical, exploring the role of pharmaceuticals in HIV prevention, as part of her MRC Career Development Fellowship at the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow. Ingrid was also a co-investigator on Scottish CSO-funded Optimising Services for People at Highest Risk of HIV, an evaluation of the first year of PrEP implementation in Scotland (2019-2021), led by Professor Claudia Estcourt (NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Glasgow Caledonian University) and was a core member of the qualitative research team.

Ingrid is a founding member and on the steering committe of the Scottish Interdisciplinary Research in Sexual Health (IReSH) Network, which aims to facilitate collaboration and knoweldge exchange with research, clinical and community partners. She was co-chair of this network from 2018 - 2020.

Ingrid was awarded ESRC Impact Accelorator funding (2018 - 2019)  to develop knowledge exchange actvities as part of the Developing HIV Literacy project. Ingrid is currently working with clinical and community partners to explore how access to PrEP for diverse communities can be better supported. Ingrid is a co-author of the British HIV Association Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Clinical Guidelines (2018). She has also been a member of the PrEP Monitoring and Research Group and the Education and Awareness Group, as part of the Scottish National PrEP Coordination group, run by the Scottish Health Protection Network since 2017. 



Education/Academic qualification

Sociology, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Newcastle University

History, Bachelor of Arts, Trent University

History, Master of Arts, University of Waterloo


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