Centre for Biomedicine, Self and Society

Ingrid Young

Senior Lecturer


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Ingrid Young is a medical sociologist who works with qualitative methods, including arts-based and participatory methods. She is particularly interested in how experiences of and inequalities across gender, sexualities, race and technologies shape sexual health and wellbeing. Her research explores sexual and reproductive health and social justice, pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), critical HIV literacies, LGBTQ+ health, and health activisms.

Ingrid runs the Sex, Drugs + Activism Co(LAB)orative, a collection of projects and partnerships exploring sexual & reproductive justice, health, activism and citizenship.  She has been an active member of the Scottish Interdisciplinary Research in Sexual Health (IReSH) Network, which works collaboratively with clinical, community and research partners.

She is currently working on a monograph with Jamie Hakim (Kings) and James Cummings (York) on their ESRC-funded project Digital Intimacies: how queer men use smartphones to negotiate their cultures of intimacy. 


  • The Wrap – ESRC funded knowledge exchange collaboration with The Love Tank, exploring queer resilience, resistance and care during COVID-19 

  • Digital Intimacies – ESRC funded interdisciplinary research exploring how queer men use smartphones to negotiate cultures of intimacy

  • Capturing Chronic Illness – a collaborative project exploring how the arts can help us to re-imagine chronic illness

  • Sex, Drugs + Activism – Wellcome Trust Seed award exploring PrEP activism in the UK

  • Developing HIV Literacy – a CSO & ESRC funded project working with communities to understand and support critical HIV Literacy

  • PrEP Evaluation – a CSO funded evaluation of the first 2 years of PrEP role-out in Scotland

  • HIV & the Biomedical – an MRC funded project exploring early attitudes to PrEP & HIV treatment as prevention in Scotland  


  • BMedSci, Bioethics, Law & Society, Programme director 

  • BMedSci, Contemporary Issues in Bioethics, Law and Society, convenor 

  • MBChB, Society, Ethics and Medicine (SEAM) Year 2, Co-convenor

  • MBChB, Transitions Year 2, Convenor for Trans Health Topic

  • MBChB, Active Bystander Training, Years 4 – 6, Contributor