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



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

Research summary

Ingrid has been involved in HIV and Sexual Health research since 2004. Her research interests have focused largely on gender, sexual health and rights. Since moving to Scotland, she has examined the use of pharmaceuticals for prevention, looking specifically at pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and treatment as prevention (TasP) approaches. She is particularly interested in the translation of new biotechnologies within and across clinics and communities.

Current research interests

Ingrid is co-investigator on the ESRC funded research study Digital Intimacies. She is working with Dr Jamie Hakim (UEA) on this interdisciplinary research study which explores how gay and bisexual men use smartphone technology to mediate intimate practices. Ingrid is also a co-investigator on Scottish CSO-funded Optimising Services for People at Highest Risk of HIV, an evaluation of the first year of PrEP implementation in Scotland, led by Professor Claudia Estcourt (NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Glasgow Caledonian University). She is a core member of the qualitative research team. Ingrid currently co-leads two themes within the Wellcome supported Centre for Biomedicine, Self and Society: Beyond Sex and Beyond Bodies. Within this work, she leads on and collaborates with bioethicists, anthropologists, cultural theorists, artists, community activists and clinical practitioners on research and knowledge exchange relating to sexual and reproductive health, inequalities, LGBTQ rights and biotechnologies. Ingrid is working with Dr Donna McCormack (Surrey) on Capturing Chronic Illness (, a project which explores how visual arts can explore, represent and re-imagine how we see and understand chronic illness.

Past research interests

Ingrid was PI on  "Sex, Drugs and Activism: Negotiating biological citizenship and pharmaceutical prevention" funded by a Wellcome Trust Seed Award in sexuality and health (2018 - 2019). This research project looks at PrEP in the UK as a case study to improve understanding of the role of community and clinical activism, sexual citizenship, and the use of pharmaceuticals for prevention in sexual health. Previous to this grant, Ingrid completed a 3-year Chief Scientist Office (CSO)-funded Postdoctoral Fellowship (2014 – 2017) in "Developing HIV Literacy". Through this work, she collaborated with health and community practitioners and other stakeholders (including NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, HIV Scotland, Terrence Higgins Trust, Waverly Care, aidsmap) to understand and support HIV literacy in the context of new and emerging HIV prevention technologies (e.g. PrEP). Ingrid undertook a 3-year study called HIV and the Biomedical, exploring the role of pharmaceuticals in HIV prevention, as part of her MRC Career Development Fellowship at the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow.

Knowledge exchange

Ingrid was awarded ESRC Impact Accelorator funding (2018 - 2019)  to develop knowledge exchange actvities as part of the Developing HIV Literacy project. Ingrid is currently working with clinical and community partners to explore how access to PrEP for diverse communities can be better supported. Ingrid is a co-author of the British HIV Association Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Clinical Guidelines (2018), and is currently the lead on the equity chapter of the revised guidelines currently in progress. She has also been a member of the PrEP Monitoring and Research Group and the Education and Awareness Group, as part of the Scottish National PrEP Coordination group, run by the Scottish Health Protection Network since 2017. 


Ingrid was co-chair of IRESH (, Scottish Interdisciplinary Research in Sexual Health Network from 2018 - 2020 and continues to be an active member. 

Affiliated research centres