Dr Nambusi Kyegombe


Assistant Professor
Social and structural determinants of health

15-17 Tavistock Place
United Kingdom

I am an interdisciplinary social scientist with a development studies background and a keen interest in the bi-directional relationship between health and poverty (and other social and structural drivers of morbidity) from a global health perspective. I hold an MSc in Poverty Reduction and Development Management from the International Development Department of the University of Birmingham as well as an MSc in Demography and Health from LSHTM. My PHD research at LSHTM examined the socioeconomic impact of highly active antiretroviral therapy on household livelihoods in Uganda.

Before joining LSHTM, I worked as a Research Officer at the Overseas Development Institute in London. Currently I work with the Gender Violence and Health Centre (GVHC) which is part of the Social and Mathematical Epidemiology Group (SaME) in the Department of Global Health and Development (GHD).


Department of Global Health and Development
Faculty of Public Health and Policy


Centre for Evaluation
Global Mental Health


I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I enjoy teaching on a number of face-to-face and distance learning courses including the Gender Violence and Health Centre's short course Gender Based Violence: Methods and Meaning as well as courses in the Faculties of Public Health and Policy and Infectious and Tropical Diseases.  I supervise two LSHTM PhD students and a number of MSc students enrolled on both London-based and Distance Learning MSc programmes.


Through a number of projects my current research focuses on adolescent girls and young women and their vulnerability to violence.  I am a member of STRIVE's multi-country ( Transactional Sex Working Group through which we work to improve the definition and measurement of transactional sex.  This relates closely to my work with the inter-regional Learning Initiative on Norms Exploitation and Abuse (LINEA) ( through which I explore the potential of social norms approaches to reduce adolescent vulnerability to transactional sex and sexual exploitation.  Related to this is primary research that I lead concerning adolescent girls and modern slavery in fragile contexts and humanitarian settings with the intention of improving evidence to inform interventions to reduce adolescent girls' vulnerability.  I am also developing a body of research on the vulnerability of female child domestic workers in South East Asia to exploitation and violence.  This ambitious project will first seek to synthesise what is currently known about the exploitation and violence experienced by child domestic workers before convening a forum of experts to collaborate and design a programme of research intended to provide good quality evidence to inform intervention and policy action.

More broadly, my research interests centre on social and structural determinants of health. I am particularly motivated by action-oriented research to inform interventions and positive change.

Research Area
Complex interventions
Social and structural determinants of health
Adolescent health
Global Health
Mixed methods
Qualitative methods
Randomised controlled trials
Development studies
Social Sciences
Disease and Health Conditions
Least developed countries: UN classification
Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)

Selected Publications

The impact on nurses and nurse managers of introducing PEPFAR clinical services in urban government clinics in Uganda
Nankumbi, J.; Groves, S.; Leontsini, E.; Kyegombe, N.; Coutinho, A.; Manabe, Y.
Bmc International Health and Human Rights
The effects of an HIV project on HIV and non-HIV services at local government clinics in urban Kampala
Matsubayashi, T.; Manabe, Y.C.; Etonu, A.; Kyegombe, N.; Muganzi, A.; Coutinho, A.; Peters, D.H.
Bmc International Health and Human Rights
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