Ingrid Young

Chancellor's Fellow


Ingrid is a Chancellor’s Fellow in Social Science of Health & Medicine, with training in Sociology and History. Her research examines the interface between biomedicine and public health, with particular consideration of gender, sexuality and wider inequalities in relation to emerging biotechnologies in HIV and sexual health.   

Prior to joining the University of Edinburgh, Ingrid worked at the Institute of Development Studies (2004 – 2007) and was a Research Fellow in Sexual Health at the University of Glasgow's Medical Research Council (MRC) / Chief Scientist Office (CSO) Social and Public Health Sciences Unit (2011-2016).


PhD in Sociology (Newcastle University)

MA in History (University of Waterloo, Canada)

BA (Hons) in History (Trent University, Canada)

Responsibilities & affiliations

Ingrid is currently co-chair of the Scottish IReSH (Interdisciplinary Research in Sexual Health) Network.    


Undergraduate teaching

Ingrid runs a half-day workshop on LGBT Health for first year medical students and lectures on a University-wide course on Queer Studies. From September 2019, she will co-convene modules on Bioethics, Law and Society, a programme for intercalated medical students. 

Ingrid supervises BMTO & intercalated medical student undergraduate dissertations on the project: Sex drugs and LGBTQ bodies: how do drugs play a role in the health and wellbeing of LGBTQ communities?

Postgraduate teaching

 Ingrid lectures on modules (ethics, sociology of health and illness) as part of the Masters in Public Health  Programme run by the Usher Institute. She also supervises MPH dissertations, including projects such as: the sexual health of homeless women; Pre-exposure Prophylaxis and stigma amongst Trans sex workers in Singapore; access to cancer screening for Trans communities; and HIV stigma amongst African Americans. 

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Areas of interest for supervision

Ingrid is not currently able to supervise PhD students for the 2019 intake. In future, she would open to PhD supervision enquiries, partiularly those relating to: Sexual and Reproductive Health; HIV; Pharmaceuticals for Prevention; Emerging Health Technologies; Gender; Sexuality; LGBT Health; Migration; Inequalities; Health Literacy; Health Activism; Qualitative Research Methods; Participatory Research and Knowledge Exchange.

Current PhD students supervised

Ingrid is currently supervising the folloiwng PhD students:

  • Yu-chen Lin | ICTs and disability (Science, Technology and Innovation Studies, supervising with Fadhila Mazanderani & Martyn Pickersgill)
  • Lisa Raeder | The Social Life of Sexual and Reproductive Health (Bio)Technologies | Chancellor's Fellowship Studentship (Centre for Biomedicine, Self & Society, supervising with Jeni Harden & Sarah Cunningham-Burley)
  • Sophie Buijsen | Knowing Sex: A Comparative study of the knowledge practices and experiences of adolescent girls in Scotland and the Netherlands | Alice Brown Scholarship (Science, Technology and Innovation Studies, supervising with Fadhila Mazanderani)
  • Chase Ledin | Post-AIDS: Queer Ecology, HIV and the Chronic After-Life | Edinburgh Global Scholarship (Edinburgh College of Art, supervising with Glyn Davis & Lukas Englemann)

  • Hani  Syahida Salim | Developing and piloting an ICT-based intervention for adult asthma with limited health litearcy to improve asthma self-management | NIHR RESPIRE PhD Studentship (supervising with Hilary Pinnock, Sazlina Shariff Ghazali, Lee Ping Yein)

  • George Burrows | Identifying factors influencing sexual health and wellbeing among transgender adults in Scotland (external supervisor, University of Glasgow, MRC-funded studentship