Dr Constance Mackworth-Young


Research Fellow

15-17 Tavistock Place
United Kingdom

My research focuses on young people and sexual and reproductive health in Southern Africa. As a Research Fellow at LSHTM, I am currently conducting social science research on sexual and reproductive health services for young people in Zimbabwe.

I am additionally conducting social science research on COVID-19, including looking at community perspectives in Zimbabwe, the social, ethical and behavioural implications of COVID-19 in the UK, and collating best practice of remote research methods. 

I recently completed my PhD, which explored the impact of HIV on the everyday lives of young women through ethnographic study in Lusaka, Zambia. Before and during my PhD I was based at Zambart in Zambia for four years until 2018. There I conducted and collaborated on a range of research studies with young people and on HIV.

Before joining LSHTM and Zambart, I worked in public health policy at the World Health Organization and a think tank called Meteos, working with ministries of health globally to improve access to medicines. 

I hold an undergraduate degree in Biological and Social Anthropology from the University of Cambridge, an MSc in Sexual and Reproductive Health and a PhD, both from LSHTM. 


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


Maternal, Adolescent, Reproductive & Child Health (MARCH)


As a Research Fellow at LSHTM, I am currently conducting social science research in Zimbabwe, focused on the delivery of sexual and reproductive health services for young people.

I am leading the social science research within the CHIEDZA study, a community-based intervention to improve HIV outcomes in adolescents: a cluster randomised trial led by the Zimbabwe-LSHTM Research Partnership. I am conducing social scientist research on the YCHECK project, in the Zimbabwe site, designing two routine health checks during adolescence, in collaboration with the World Health Organization. I am conducting social science research on the Zvatinoda! study, a feasibility study of a mobile health intervention to increase demand and uptake of sexual and reproductive health services among young people.

I am additionally currently working on studies relating to COVID-19. Together with the  the Biomedical Research Training Institute in Zimbabwe, I am conducting research to understand community perspectives of COVID-19 and the government response in Zimbabwe. Results have been published in the Bulletin of the World Health Organisation COVID-19 Open Site and presented to the Zimbabwe Ministry of Health Social Science Taskforce. I am working in partnership with Oxford University on the SEBCOV study to investigate the social, ethical and behavioural aspects of COVID-19 across four countries: Thailand, Malaysia, Italy and UK. Additionally, I am collating best practice in remote research to provide guidance for researchers in low- and middle-income countries planning and adapting studies where face-to-face research is no longer possible.

I was awarded my PhD in early 2020, which was entitled 'An ethnographic study on the everyday lives of young women living with HIV in Lusaka, Zambia' and was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. In this PhD research, I explored the issues and implications of secrecy surrounding HIV, restrictions placed on young people living with HIV, and conducted a temporal analysis of young people's experience of HIV over time. I have also investigated methodological approaches, including participatory arts-based methods, and ethical issues around conducting research with young people.

Additionally, while at Zambart from 2014-2018, I conducted and collaborated on several studies around young people, HIV and sexual and reproductive health. This included a mixed methods evaluation of a peer-led support group intervention for adolescent girls living with HIV in Zambia (Tikambisane). Additionally I conducted qualitative and quantitative analysis from the PopART for Youth study (P-ART-Y), a RCT evaluating 'test and treat' intervention amongst adolescents in 21 communities in Zambia and South Africa. And I conducted qualitative research to understand the key challenges and support needs of adolescent girls living with HIV in Zambia as they transition into adulthood

Research Area
Sexual health
Adolescent health
Mixed methods
Reproductive health
Social Sciences
Disease and Health Conditions
Sexually transmitted infection
Sub-Saharan Africa (all income levels)

Selected Publications

Coming of age with HIV: a temporal understanding of young women's experiences in Zambia.
Mackworth-Young CRS; Bond V; Stangl AL; Chonta M; Wringe A
Critical Reflections on Individual Collages as a Research Method With Young Women Living With HIV in Zambia
Mackworth-Young CRS; Wringe A; Clay S; Chonta M; Chiiya C; Konayuma K; Sievwright K; Mbewe M; Mwale M; Stangl AL
Emerging Adulthood
Navigating 'ethics in practice': An ethnographic case study with young women living with HIV in Zambia.
Mackworth-Young CRS; Schneiders ML; Wringe A; Simwinga M; Bond V
Global Public Health
"My mother told me that I should not": a qualitative study exploring the restrictions placed on adolescent girls living with HIV in Zambia.
Mackworth-Young CR; Bond V; Wringe A; Konayuma K; Clay S; Chiiya C; Chonta M; Sievwright K; Stangl AL
Journal of the International AIDS Society
Community intervention improves knowledge of HIV status of adolescents in Zambia: findings from HPTN 071-PopART for youth study.
Shanaube K; Schaap A; Chaila MJ; Floyd S; Mackworth-Young C; Hoddinott G; Hayes R; Fidler S; Ayles H; HPTN 071 (PopART) Study Team
AIDS (London, England)
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