Ms Carolyn Blake
- Research Associate (MRC/CSO Social & Public Health Sciences Unit)
I work within the Relationships and Health programme, at the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit.
I am a public health researcher and programme advisor. A majority of my work focuses on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), participatory approaches, and systems thinking.
I studied Social and Political Sciences (BA) at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland (2004-2008), and have a MSc in Global Health, IGHD, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh (2009-2010).
Before joining the University of Glasgow in September 2018, I worked in public health research, evaluation and programme design and management in Sub-Saharan Africa (8+ years), as well as Switzerland, and Eastern Europe. I worked on both multi-country programmes/evaluations, as well as short-term consultancies in 15+ countries.
- Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, University of Basel (2011-2017);
- Concern Worldwide, Zambia (2011);
- International Organisation for Migration (IOM), Geneva (2010).
I use mixed-methods research to develop and evaluate interventions that reduce health inequalities and promote greater social and gender justice.
Current research interests
- Adolescent and youth health
- Sexual and reproductive health and rights
- Gender-based violence
- Comprehensive sexuality education
- Systems thinking
- Participatory approaches
- Social accountability and governance in public health
- Equally Safe at School (2018-2021): 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.
- Katawag (2021-2022). Katawag is a formative research that aims to develop a systems-informed workplace intervention to promote mental health and reduce HIV risk among call centre workers in the Philippines. The project is a joint venture between research teams at De La Salle University in the Philippines, and University of Glasgow.
- Participatory Systems Mapping (PSM) approaches in population health research (2021-2022). This objective of this project is to develop a taxonomy of PSM approaches, best-practice methods guidance and toolkit in the area of population health. Other project partners include: MRC Epidemiology Unit, University of Cambridge; ESRC Centre for the Evaluation of Complexity Across the Nexus (CECAN), University of Surrey; UKPRP SIPHER Consortium; UKRI Mandala Consortium.
Recent completed projects:
- CONUNDRUM (2019-2021): 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 examined 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) took part 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. Research ouputs can be found here
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
I contribute teaching and supervision to the following course:
MSc Global Health, University of Glasgow