From February 2017, information about the work of the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow is available and updated on the University of Glasgow website.

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Staff Member Biography

Ingrid Young

position: Research Fellow

Contact Details

phone: 0141 353 7533


MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit,
University of Glasgow,
Top floor,
200, Renfield Street
G2 3QB

Biography and Interests

Ingrid Young is a Research Fellow in the Social Relationships and Health Improvement Programme, in the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit. She currently holds a Scottish CSO Postdoctoral Fellowship (2014-2017), which funds 'Developing HIV Literacy.'  This project will work collaboratively with health and community practitioners and other stakeholders to develop an intervention to support HIV literacy in the context of biomedical HIV prevention technologies. This research builds on qualitative research undertaken as part of Ingrid's Career Development Fellowship in the (now former) Sexual Health Programme on the acceptability of biomedical interventions amongst gay and African communities in Scotland.  In 2014, Ingrid was a visiting researcher at the Wellcome Trust Africa Centre in Mtubatuba, South Africa, where she observed clinical trial research on Treatment as Prevention (TasP). This work was funded by the British Council Researcher Links Travel Programme.

Ingrid has presented her research at a number of local, national and international conferences, such as at the British HIV Association Annual Conference (Liverpool), HIV Prevention England Conference (London), British Sociological Association Annual Conference (Glasgow), Nordic Network for Gender, Body and Health Conferences (Iceland, Sweden, Denmark), BC Gay Men's Health Summit (Vancouver, Canada) and at the Association for Social Sciences and Humanities in HIV (France, South Africa).  She is currently a member of the British Sociological Association (BSA), the Scottish MedSoc association, and the Association for Social Sciences and Humanities in HIV (ASSHH). 

Before starting at the University of Glasgow, Ingrid graduated with a BA (Hons) from Trent University (Canada) and an MA from the University of Waterloo (Canada) in History. From 2004-2007, Ingrid worked at the Institute of Development Studies (Sussex) on improving the links between policy and health-related research in developing countries.  Ingrid completed her PhD in 2011 entitled ‘Reimagining Risk: Exploring Understandings of Risk in Sexual Health amongst Gay and Bisexual Men in the North East of England’. This ESRC Collaborative Studentship was based in Sociology at Newcastle University and was conducted in partnership with local NHS sexual health services and sexual health organisations.




Flowers P, Riddell J, Park C, Ahmed B, Young I, Frankis J, Davis M, Gilbert M, Estcourt C, Wallace L, McDaid LM. Preparedness for use of the rapid result HIV self-test by gay men and other men who have sex with men (MSM): a mixed methods exploratory study among MSM and those involved in HIV prevention and care. HIV Medicine 2016;18:245-255

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Frankis J, Young I, Flowers P, McDaid L. Who will use pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and why? Understanding PrEP awareness and acceptability amongst men who have sex with men in the UK: a mixed methods study. Plos One 2016;11:e0151385

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Young I, Flowers P, McDaid L. Can a pill prevent HIV? Negotiating the biomedicalisation of HIV prevention. Sociology of Health and Illness 2016;38:411-25

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Young I. Imagining biosocial communities: HIV, risk and gay and bisexual men in the North East of England. European Journal of Cultural Studies 2016;19:33–50


Young I, Flowers P, McDaid L. Key factors in the acceptability of Treatment as Prevention (TasP) in Scotland: a qualitative study with communities affected by HIV. BMJ Sexually Transmitted Infections 2015;91:269-74

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Young I, Flowers P, McDaid L. Barriers to uptake and use of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) amongst communities most affected by HIV in the UK: findings from a qualitative study in Scotland. BMJ Open 2014;4:e005717

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Young I, McDaid L. How acceptable are antiretrovirals for the prevention of sexually transmitted HIV? A review of research on the acceptability of oral pre-exposure prophylaxis and treatment as prevention. AIDS & Behavior 2014;18:195-216

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Young I, Li J, McDaid L. Awareness and willingness to use HIV Pre-exposure Prophylaxis amongst gay and bisexual men in Scotland: implications for biomedical HIV prevention. PLoS One 2013;8:e64038

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McDaid L, Ross G, Young I. Men, deprivation and sexual health: scoping review. MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit Occasional Paper 22, Glasgow, 2012

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