Ms Carolyn Blake
- Research Assistant (MRC/CSO Social & Public Health Sciences Unit)
Carolyn Blake is a public health professional – part time researcher, part time programme advisor. Her background is in social and political sciences (BA) and global public health (MSc). She is passionate about carrying out operations research and designing interventions in the area of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) - both at health systems, school and community level.
Most of her experience has been in Sub-Saharan Africa (8+ years), as well as Switzerland, and Moldova. She previously worked for the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (2011-2017) at the University of Basel, as well as the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), Oversees Development Institute (ODI), and Concern Worldwide.
Carolyn joined the University of Glasgow in September 2018 and currently works on the following projects:
- Equally Safe at School (2018-2020): An evaluation of a whole-school approach to preventing and responding to gender-based violence in Scottish Secondary schools. The pilot intervention is implemented by Rape Crisis and Zero Tolerance.
- CONUNDRUM (2019-2020): CONdoms and CONtraception UNDerstandings: Researching Uptake and Motivation. Commissioned by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Lanarkshire, and Lothian, in partnership with the Scottish Government, this study examines the multi-level and complex factors shaping young people’s use and non-use of condoms and contraception. A diverse range of young people and key stakeholders (e.g. service providers and decision-makers) are involved in the research process, to generate in-depth understanding of the issue, and to co-produce recommendations for future sexual health policy and service provision.
Adolescent and youth health, sexual and reproductive health and rights, comprehensive sexuality education, maternal and newborn health, HIV/AIDS and male involvement, and social accountability and governance in the health sector.
I use mixed methods research, and endeavour to design and use research for greater social and gender justice.
Grants and Awards listed are those received whilst working with the University of Glasgow.
- Young People's uptake and use of condoms and contraception
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
2019 - 2020