Dr Constance Mackworth-Young


Assistant Professor

15-17 Tavistock Place
United Kingdom

I am a Medical Anthropologist, with a research focus on young people, sexual and reproductive health, and participatory qualitative methodologies. My research is based in Zimbabwe, with The Health Research Unit Zimbabwe (THRU-ZIM), where I lead social science research.

I was previously based at Zambart in Zambia, where I conducted studies with young people, and conducted my PhD, which explored the impact of HIV on the everyday lives of young women through ethnographic study in Lusaka, Zambia.

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.


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


Centre for Maternal Adolescent Reproductive & Child Health (MARCH)


I am a lecturer on Qualitative Methods and a seminar leader on Sexual Health. I am the Programme Lead for the EMPOWA Programme (Empowering Professionals for the Wellbeing of Adolescents), and am leading the design and delivery of two Programmes for senior policy makers in Zimbabwe in 2021 and 2022.


My current research focus is on the delivery of sexual and reproductive health services for young people in Zimbabwe, using qualitative and participatory methods.

I lead the process evaluations within the CHIEDZA and STICH trials, evaluating a community-based intervention to improve HIV and STI outcomes in adolescents, led by The Health Research Unit Zimbabwe (THRU ZIM). I work on the YCHECK project, designing 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.

Beyond sexual and reproductive health, I have researched other infectious diseases, including COVID-19 and TB.

I was awarded my PhD in February 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 qualitative research on the support needs for adolescent girls living with HIV in Zambia, and a subsequent mixed methods evaluation of a peer-led support group intervention (Tikambisane). Additionally I supported qualitative and quantitative analysis from the PopART for Youth study (P-ART-Y), a RCT evaluating 'test and treat' intervention amongst adolescents in Zambia and South Africa.

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)