Dr Constance Mackworth-Young
BA MSc PhD
15-17 Tavistock Place
My research focuses on young people, sexual and reproductive health and participatory qualitative methodologies. As a Research Fellow at LSHTM, I am currently conducting qualitative research on sexual and reproductive health services for young people in Zimbabwe.
I am additionally conducting social science research on COVID-19, including i) community perspectives in Zimbabwe, ii) the social, ethical and behavioural implications of COVID-19 in the UK, and iii) collating and sharing best practice of remote research methods.
My PhD 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.
I previously worked in public health policy at the World Health Organization and a think tank working on 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.
I was selected to participate in the Aurora Higher Education Leadership Scheme, and am a member of the 2020 cohort.
I am a lecturer on Qualitative Methods and a seminar leader on Sexual Health.
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 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.
I am additionally currently working on studies relating to COVID-19. I led research to understand community perspectives of COVID-19 and the government response in Zimbabwe to inform policy response. I am working in partnership with Oxford University on the SEBCOV study to investigate the social, ethical and behavioural aspects of COVID-19 across five countries: Thailand, Malaysia, Italy, Slovenia, and UK. Additionally, I worked collating and sharing best practice in remote data collection to provide guidance for researchers.
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.