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Martine Collumbien

MSc MSc

Associate Professor
in Sexual and Reproductive Health Research

Room
234

LSHTM
15-17 Tavistock Place
London
WC1H 9SH
United Kingdom

Tel.
+442072994761

With a background in medical demography and social sciences, most of Martine’s research has focused on sexual health and behavior research in South Asia. She uses mixed methodologies for applied social research and evaluation of interventions, with a special focus on contextual influences. Research focusses on how structural factors create vulnerability and on how programmes can work to tackle them. 

Affiliations

Faculty of Public Health and Policy
Public Health, Environments and Society

Centres

Centre for Evaluation
Maternal, Adolescent, Reproductive & Child Health (MARCH)

Teaching

Martine co-organises and teaches on Sexual Health, both on in-house and distance-based modules. She supervises PhD students on transgender mental health in Pakistan; how policing shapes transgender sex workers’ HIV risk in Baltimore; and evaluation of caregiver empowerment training for children with cerebral palsy in Ghana.

Research

Current research:

Martine works on STRIVE projects in India http://strive.lshtm.ac.uk/, on structural change to prevent HIV and reproductive ill-health. She assists partners in Karnataka and Mumbai to use qualitative methodologies in the evaluation of programmes that aim to change harmful gender practices among young women and sex workers.

Previous research:

Martine worked on the impact evaluation of the large scale Avahan HIV prevention intervention in Mumbai, considering risk contexts to explain the paradoxical HIV increase. Most of her research in Reproductive and Sexual Health has been in South Asia, including work on male sexual health concerns in India which centred on understanding local cultural frameworks of sexual health and how these are at odds with the biomedical framework on which interventions are based. In Pakistan she led research on peer ethnography among male, female and transgender sex workers and injecting drug users and was a main contributor to a bio-behavioural survey informed by this qualitative research. She did methodological research for the Comparative Risk Assessment analysing the contribution of 'non-use of contraception' to the burden of maternal ill-health. She has supervised several doctoral students on various topics: the effects of ARV on HIV related stigma in South Africa, emergency contraception in West Africa, masculinity and gender norms and its effects on risk behaviour in Mumbai slums. Before switching to public health, Martine studied agriculture and worked in Northern Thailand for six years gaining field experience doing nutrition research in an opium poppy replacement project.

Research Area
Complex interventions
Sexual health
Social and structural determinants of health
Adolescent health
Behaviour change
Evaluation
Gender
Discipline
Demography
Operational research
Social Sciences
Disease and Health Conditions
HIV/AIDS
Sexually transmitted infection
Country
Ghana
India
Pakistan
Region
South Asia

Selected Publications

Widening cracks in patriarchy: mothers and daughters navigating gender norms in a Mumbai slum
Cislaghi B; Bankar S; Verma RK; Heise L; Collumbien M
2019
Culture, Health and Sexuality
Practice-based insights in developing and implementing a sport-based programme for girls
Collumbien M; Das M; Bankar S; Cislaghi B; Heise L; Verma RK
2018
Development in Practice
Education, poverty and "purity" in the context of adolescent girls' secondary school retention and dropout: A qualitative study from Karnataka, southern India.
Ramanaik S; Collumbien M; Prakash R; Howard-Merrill L; Thalinja R; Javalkar P; Murthy S; Cislaghi B; Beattie T; Isac S
2018
PloS one
Examining diffusion to understand the how of SASA!, a violence against women and HIV prevention intervention in Uganda.
Starmann E; Heise L; Kyegombe N; Devries K; Abramsky T; Michau L; Musuya T; Watts C; Collumbien M
2018
BMC public health
Exploring Couples' Processes of Change in the Context of SASA!, a Violence Against Women and HIV Prevention Intervention in Uganda.
Starmann E; Collumbien M; Kyegombe N; Devries K; Michau L; Musuya T; Watts C; Heise L
2016
Prevention science
HIV and other sexually transmitted infections among men, transgenders and women selling sex in two cities in Pakistan: a cross-sectional prevalence survey
Hawkes S; Collumbien M; Platt L; Lalji N; Rizvi N; Andreasen A; Chow J; Muzaffar R; ur-Rehman H; Siddiqui N
2013
JOURNAL OF THE PAKISTAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION
Guidelines for social science research in sexual and reproductive health
Collumbien M; Busza J; Cleland J; Campbell O
2012
Understanding the context of male and transgender sex work using peer ethnography.
Collumbien M; Qureshi AA; Mayhew SH; Rizvi N; Rabbani A; Rolfe B; Verma RK; Rehman H; Naveed-i-Rahat
2009
Sexually transmitted infections
HIV and other sexually transmitted infections among men, transgenders and women selling sex in two cities in Pakistan: a cross-sectional prevalence survey.
Hawkes S; Collumbien M; Platt L; Lalji N; Rizvi N; Andreasen A; Chow J; Muzaffar R; ur-Rehman H; Siddiqui N
2009
Sexually transmitted infections
Multiple Risks Among Male and Transgender Sex Workers in Pakistan
Collumbien M; Chow J; Qureshi AA; Rabbani A; Hawkes S
2008
Journal of LGBT Health Research,:2,Sexually Transmitted Infections
Understanding what men in South Asia want from sexual health services
Hawkes S; Collumbien M
2007
International Journal of Sexual Health
Sexual behaviour in context: a global perspective.
Wellings K; Collumbien M; Slaymaker E; Singh S; Hodges Z; Patel D; Bajos N
2006
Lancet
Using evaluation to improve the sexual health of young people
Collumbien M; Douthwaite M; Jana L
2006
Sexual health of young people in developing countries
Non-use and use of ineffective methods of contraception
Collumbien M; Gerressu M; Cleland J
2004
Comparative Quantification of Health Risks: Global and Regional Burden of Disease Attributable to Selected Major Risk Factors
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