Dr Cicely Marston BA (Hons) MSc PhD

Associate Professor in Social Science

About Cicely Marston

Interdisciplinary global research in sexual and reproductive health and community participation


My research interests include interdisciplinary work on sexual and reproductive health, particularly of young people, and community participation in health. I have an overarching interest in interdisciplinarity and methodology, particularly in developing methods to investigate complex social interventions.

I hold an undergraduate degree in Human Sciences from Oxford University, and from LSHTM a Medical Demography MSc, and an interdisciplinary PhD and postdoc in young people's sexual practice, participatory health promotion, and sexuality education, with fieldwork in Mexico City. I spent some time at Imperial College London conducting research and running a Public Health MSc, returning to LSHTM in 2005. I am Chair of the LSHTM MSc Ethics Committee and co-lead of the 'A' (adolescents and young people) Theme of the MARCH centre




I teach on the following modules: Principles of Social Research, Sociological Approaches to Health, Family Planning, Sexual Health, and Qualitative Methodologies. I supervise PhD and DrPH students.


My research focuses on interdisciplinary work on sexual and reproductive health and community participation, sexual behaviour (including coercion), particularly of young people, transitions to adulthood, family planning, maternal and newborn health, complex public health interventions, and community participation in health. I also work with various external organisations, including the World Health Organization in these areas.

More information about This Sickle Cell Life: voices and experiences of young people with sickle cell here.

More information about the sixteen18 young people's sexual practices project here.

WHO recommendations on community participation in maternal and newborn health promotion here.

Most of my papers are available open access, many via LSHTM research online. If you can't find the paper you need, please email me.


Research areas

  • Adolescent health
  • Behaviour change
  • Complex interventions
  • Electronic health records
  • Equity
  • Ethics
  • Evaluation
  • Gender
  • Global Health
  • Health promotion
  • Impact evaluation
  • Implementation research
  • Maternal health
  • Methodology
  • Mixed methods
  • Neonatal health
  • Public health
  • Public understanding
  • Qualitative methods
  • Quality improvement
  • Reproductive health
  • Risk
  • Sexual health
  • Social and structural determinants of health
  • Systematic reviews
  • Violence


  • Anthropology
  • Demography
  • Social Sciences
  • Sociology


  • World


  • Bangladesh
  • Ghana
  • Mexico
  • Nepal
  • Peru
  • United Kingdom

Other interests

  • Abortion
  • Adolescence
  • Adolescent
  • Adolescents
  • Community Mobilisation
  • Contraception
  • Family Planning
  • Masculinities
  • Young peole
  • community participation
  • sickle cell disease
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