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Ingrid Young

Chancellor's Fellow

Willingness to take PhD students: Yes

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Newcastle University
Bachelor of Arts, Trent University
Master of Arts, University of Waterloo



Ingrid is a Chancellor’s Fellow in Social Science of Health & Medicine, with training in Sociology and History. She is based in the Wellcome supported Centre for Biomedicine, Self and Society. Her research examines the interface between biomedicine and public health, with particular consideration of gender, sexuality and wider inequalities in relation to emerging biotechnologies in HIV and sexual health.   

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).

Current Research Interests

Ingrid is currently working 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. Ingrid is also working with Doug Gibson (MRC Centre for Inflammation Research, Edinburgh), Melanie Jimenez (Biomedical Engineering, Glasgow) and Damion Corrigan (Biomedical Engineering, Strathclyde) on Sense Cycle: a collaborative approach to designing and implementing home-based sensors for monitoring women’s reproductive health, with funding from the Royal Society of Edinburgh. 

Collaborative Activity

Ingrid is co-Chair of the Scottish Interdisciplinary Research in Sexual Health (IReSH) Network, which aims to facilitate collaboration and knoweldge exchange with research, clinical and community partners. 

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 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 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. 


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