A/Prof. Lucia Knight
  • Position: Associate Professor
    Qualifications:     BSc (Cape Town), MPopStuds (UKZN), PhD (London)
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Lucia Knight is a family demographer with particular experience in the study of HIV/AIDS, families, poverty and social protection in Southern Africa. Prior to the SoPH she worked as a Research Specialist in the HIV, STI & TB Unit at the Human Sciences Research Council. She is currently working on a study designing and testing a model for family-based testing for HIV. Lucia has previously worked on research projects dealing with self and home-based testing for HIV, assessing the impacts of maternal mortality for families and a large-scale cohort study exploring the well-being of children growing up with the dual burdens of HIV and poverty. Prof Knight is a Y-rated NRF researcher.


Humphries H, van Rooyen H, Knight L, Barnabas R, Celum C. ‘If you are circumcised, you are the best’: Understandings and Perceptions of Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision among Men from KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Cult Health Sex. 2015;17(7):920-31. doi: 10.1080/13691058.2014.992045. Epub 2015 Jan 8

Lucia C. Knight, Heidi Van Rooyen, Hilton Humphries, Ruanne V. Barnabas and Connie Celum. Empowering patients to link to care and treatment: qualitative findings about the role of a home-based HIV counselling, testing and linkage intervention in South Africa. AIDS Care, Vol 27, Issue 9, 2015 pp 1162-1167 http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09540121.2015.1035633

Lucia Knight, Alicia Ely Yamin. “Without a Mother”: Caregivers and Community Members' Views about the Impacts of Maternal Mortality on Families in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Reproductive Health 2015, 12(Suppl 1):S5 http://www.reproductive-health-journal.com/content/12/S1/S2

Tawanda Makusha, Lucia Knight, Miriam Taegtmeyer, Olivia Tulloch, Adlai Davids, Jeanette Lim, Roger Peck, Heidi van Rooyen. HIV Self-Testing Could 'Revolutionize Testing in South Africa, but It Has Got to Be Done Properly': Perceptions of Key Stakeholders. PLoS ONE 10(3): e0122783DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0122783 March 31, 2015

Heidi van Rooyen, Olivia Tulloch, Wanjiru Mukoma, Tawanda Makusha, Lignet Chepuka, Lucia C Knight, Roger B Peck, Jeanette M Lim, Nelly Muturi, Ellen Chirwa and Miriam Taegtmeyer. What are the constraints and opportunities for HIVST scale-up in Africa? Evidence from Kenya, Malawi and South Africa. Journal of the International AIDS Society 2015, 18:19445 http://www.jiasociety.org/index.php/jias/article/view/19445  

Alicia Ely Yamin, Junior Bazile, Lucia Knight, Mitike Molla, Emily Maistrellis, Jennifer Leaning. Tracing Shadows: How Gendered Power Relations Shape The Impacts Of Maternal Death On Living Children In Sub Saharan Africa. © 2015 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/).

Lucia Knight, Victoria Hosegood & Ian M. Timæus (2016). Obligation to family during times of transition: care, support and the response to HIV and AIDS in rural South Africa. AIDS Care, 28:sup4, 18-29, DOI: 10.1080/09540121.2016.1195486

van Rooyen, H., Essack, Z., Rochat, T., Wight, D., Knight, L., Bland, R., & Celum, C. (2016). Taking HIV Testing to Families: Designing a Family-Based Intervention to Facilitate HIV Testing, Disclosure, and Intergenerational Communication. Frontiers in Public Health, 4(August), 1–14.

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