Dr Nambusi Kyegombe
MSc PhD FHEA
in Social Science of Adolescent and Global Health and Head of the Social Aspects of Health Across the Life course Programme MRC/UVRI and LSHTM Uganda Research Unit
15-17 Tavistock Place
I am an interdisciplinary social scientist with 19 years of experience working in global health and development. I have 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. I am affiliated with the Gender Violence and Health Centre which is part of the Social and Mathematical Epidemiology Group (SaME) in the Department of Global Health and Development (GHD).
I sit on the Strategic Leadership Team of The Centre for Maternal, Adolescent, Reproductive, & Child Health (MARCH) and co-lead the A=Adolescents theme. I am also an Associate Editor for Sexual and Reproductive Health Matters and BMC Women and sit on the high risk observational study ethics board of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I enjoy teaching on a number of face-to-face and distance learning courses in the Faculties of Public Health and Policy and Infectious and Tropical Diseases. I am module organiser for Gender and Reproductive Rights and co-organiser of the Global Adolescent Health Short Course. I supervise three LSHTM PhD students and a number of MSc students enrolled on both London-based and Distance Learning MSc programmes.
My research focuses on the complex system in which health, particularly adolescent sexual and reproductive health, is produced and reproduced with a focus on low and middle-income country contexts. This includes formative research on the context in which health and morbidity are located, methodological research to improve the measurment of morbidity, and research on the conduct of high quality, ethical research, particularly among marginalised populations. My research has also focused on the qualitative evaluation of complex violence prevention interventions including a randomised controlled trial of the Good School Toolkit in Uganda, and the qualitative evaluation of SASA!, a community mobilisation intervention designed to prevent violence against women and reduce HIV risk-related behaviours.
My current research interest centre on reconceptualising adoelscent sexual and reproductive health morbidity using a systems science approach. I am also particularly motivated by action-oriented research to inform interventions and positive change.