Social Science Department

2013-02-11-15.27.01 Social Science has been a component of Zambart research since 1999.  Zambart is committed to building social science research capacity in Zambia.  The current research portfolio of the Social Science Unit includes social science components nested within two randomised control trials (HPTN 071/PopART and BHOMA) and social science studies on HIV related stigma  and HIV and disability.

The Unit also currently collaborates closely with social scientists from the University of Zambia, LSHTM, Universities of Toronto and McMaster in Canada and the International Centre for Research on Women (ICRW) in the US.

Chifubu_NHCFGD_photo1_201303-(31)The Social Science Unit has a mix of disciplines including Social Anthropology, Social Work, Development Studies, Ethics, Sociology and Health Economics.  Areas of expertise include:  the theory of local systems and how they influence public health interventions piloted by population based trials and account for variation in response; stigma theory and methods related to health conditions including TB, HIV and disability; the ethnography of the TB and HIV epidemics including the impact on households and children and People with Disabilities; the role of lay health workers in HIV health delivery and the role of community engagement in clinical trials.

The Unit has also been involved in developing TB and HIV stigma indicators, child-based methodologies and adapting a ‘concept mapping’ methodology.  Analysis approaches include using NVIVO and Atlas tii qualitative software to manage data IMG_00000605and a themed analysis approach.  Findings are fed back at community level as well as at national and global level through presentations, workshops, briefs, meetings and publications

The Unit contributes to teaching at UNZA and at the LSHTM as well as conducting social science training for both social scientists and other disciplines linked to specific Zambart research studies.


Parsons Bond Nixon 2015 PLOS ONE

Nixon et al, 2017