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Ms Caroline Law

Job: Research Fellow

Faculty: Health and Life Sciences

School/department: School of Applied Social Sciences

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH.

T: +44 (0)116 250 6124

E: claw@dmu.ac.uk

W: www.dmu.ac.uk/hls

 

Personal profile

Caroline Law is a Research Fellow with a background in sociology and in conducting social research. Prior to her role at De Montfort University, Caroline worked in research in adult learning, conducting research in order to support advocacy and influence policy and practice. She joined De Montfort University in 2012 as a member of the Centre for Reproduction Research, a multi-disciplinary research cluster based in the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences. She is primarily involved in research relating to the social experiences of endometriosis; men and reproduction; reproductive timing and aging; and the social aspects of reproduction and infertility. She undertakes teaching on research methods and gender and health. She is PhD candidate, exploring men's perceptions and intentions regarding reproductive timings.

Research group affiliations

Publications and outputs 

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Research interests/expertise

  • Sociology of health, illness and medicine
  • Infertility and reproduction
  • Men, men's health, masculinities and reproduction
  • Chronic illness
  • Disability discrimination and disability equality
  • Equality and diversity
  • Adult learning and the adult learning workforce
  • Discourse analysis

Areas of teaching

  • Research methods
  • Gender and health

Qualifications

  • BSc Sociology, first class honours, University of Bath, 2002; recipient of Stephen Cotgrove departmental prize
  • MSc Social Research Methods, distinction, Open University, 2011

Conference attendance

Selected papers:

Law, C. ‘Researching reproduction with men: philosophical and methodological challenges’, paper to be presented to the Social Studies of Reproduction: Techniques, Methods and Reflexive Movements stream of the International Sociological Association’s Research Committee on Logic and Methodology (RC33) 9th International Conference on Social Science Methodology, University of Leicester, UK, 11-16 September 2016.

Law, C. ‘Critical Studies of Men and Masculinities (CSM) and reproduction research with men: rationale, limitations and opportunities’, paper presented to the Feminism and Gender in the Social Sciences Symposium, De Montfort University, Leicester, 17 June 2016.

Law, C. ‘What do men perceive to be the ‘right time’ for parenthood? Past literature and future explorations’, paper presented to the Postponing Childbirth, Extending Fertility? Biotechnologies and the Transformation of Reproductive Life Symposium, De Montfort University, Leicester, 12-13 May 2016.

Culley, L, Hudson, N, Mitchell, H, Law, C, Denny, E, Raine-Fenning, N. ‘The impact of endometriosis on the intimate lives of heterosexual couples’, presentation delivered at the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology course: Sexual functioning in women dealing with infertility and/or endometriosis, Leuven, Belgium, 24-25 September 2015.

Hudson, N, Culley, L, Mitchell, H, Law, C, Denny, E, Raine-Fenning, N. ‘Men living with endometriosis: perceptions and experiences of male partners of women with the condition’, paper presented to the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology Annual Meeting, Lisbon, Portugal, 14-17 June 2015.

Mitchell, H, Hudson, N, Culley, L, Law, C, Denny, E, Raine-Fenning, N. ‘Treatment decision-making and support needs in heterosexual couples living with endometriosis’, paper presented to the British Society of Gynaecological Endoscopy (BSGE) Annual Scientific Meeting, London, UK, 4-5 June 2015.

Mitchell, H, Culley, L, Hudson, N, Law, C, Denny, E, Baumgarten, M Raine-Fenning, N. ‘Pain management decisions amongst couples living with endometriosis’, paper presented to the 2nd European Congress on Endometriosis, Berlin, Germany, 28-30 November 2013.

Law, C, Culley, L, Hudson, N, Mitchell, H, Denny, E, Raine-Fenning, N. ‘Endometriosis: Improving the wellbeing of couples: study findings and recommendations’, invited talk delivered to Endometriosis UK Annual General Meeting and Information Day, Coventry, UK, 19 October 2013.

Law, C, Culley, L, Hudson, N, Denny, E, Mitchell H ‘Endometriosis, biographical appraisals and the couple unit’, paper presented to the British Sociological Association's 2013 Medical Sociology Annual Conference, University of York, UK, 11-13 September 2013.

Hudson, N, Culley, L, Law, C, Mitchell, H, Denny, E ‘Conducting dyadic research in chronic illness: men, women and endometriosis’, paper presented to the British Sociological Association's 2013 Medical Sociology Annual Conference, University of York, UK, 11-13 September 2013.

Hudson, N, Culley, C, Law, C, Denny, E, Mitchell, H, Baumgarten, M, Raine-Fenning, N 'Improving the wellbeing of couples living with endometriosis', poster presented to the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology Annual Meeting, London, UK, 7-10 July 2013.

Law, C, Culley, L, Hudson, N, Denny, E, Baumgarten, M, Raine-Fenning, N, Mitchell, H ‘‘I don’t know what sex is like without pain’: the impact of endometriosis on sexual relationships in couples’, paper presented to the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) International Nursing Research Conference 2013, Belfast, UK, 20-22 March 2013.

Key research outputs

Culley, L, Law, C, Hudson, N, Mitchell, H, Denny, E, Raine-Fenning, N (2017) A Qualitative Study of the Impact of Endometriosis on Male PartnersHuman Reproduction, 32, 8, 1667-1673.

Hudson, N, Culley, L, Law, C, Mitchell, H, Denny, E, Raine-Fenning, N (2016) ‘We needed to change the mission statement of the marriage’: biographical disruptions, appraisals and revisions amongst couples living with endometriosis, Sociology of Health and Illness, 38, 5, 721–735.                                               

Norton, W, Crawshaw, M, Hudson, N, Culley, L, Law, C. (2015) A survey of Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) fertility clinics’ approach to surrogacy arrangements, Reproductive Biomedicine Online, 31, 3, 327–338. 

Nightingale, C, Law, C and Webb, H (2015) Academic teaching staff: developing equality and diversity skills, knowledge and values London: Equality Challenge Unit.

Culley, L. Hudson, N. Mitchell, H. Law, C. (2014) The impact of endometriosis on planning for and having children: findings from the Endopart Study, Journal of Fertility Counselling 21 2, 22-2.

Culley, L, Law, C, Hudson, N, Denny, E, Mitchell, H, Baumgarten, M, Raine-Fenning, N. (2013) The social and psychological impact of endometriosis on women's lives: a critical narrative review, Human Reproduction Update, 19, 6, 625-639.

Culley, L, Hudson, N, Mitchell, H, Law, C, Denny, E, Raine-Fenning, N (2013) Endometriosis: Improving the Wellbeing of Couples, Leicester: De Montfort University.

Ewens, D., Nighingale, C., Law, C., Challenger, S. and Byford, K. (2011) Enabling Equality: Furthering Disability Equality for Staff in Higher Education, London: Equality Challenge Unit.

Law, C. and Ewens, D. (2010) Making the Journey to Learning and Work, Mental Health and Social Inclusion 14, 2, 28-34.

Law, C. (2009) The Care Programme Approach and Adult Learning, A Life in the Day 13, 2, 13-15. 

Worrall, C. and Law, C. (2009) The North West Further Education Project: The Mental Health and Well-being of Learners aged 14-19, Education and Health 27, 4, 86-90.

Externally funded research grants information

Symposium: Postponing Childbirth, Extending Fertility? Biotechnologies and the Transformation of Reproductive Life. Wellcome Trust. This two-day international symposium brought together key authors, researchers and other stakeholders to explore and reflect on trends regarding the postponement of childbirth and the development of associated fertility extension technologies, exploring themes of age, time, gender, reproduction and technologies. May 2016. Grant holders: Kylie Baldwin, Dr Nolwenn Bühler, Prof Lorraine Culley, Dr Irenee Daly, Dr Cathy Herbrand, Dr Nicky Hudson, Caroline Law, De Montfort University.

Postgraduate Conference: The Sociology of Technologically Mediated Reproduction. British Sociological Association. This conferences brought together postgraduate students and early career researchers to explore empirical and theoretical developments regarding assisted reproductive technologies (ARTs) and their intersection with gender, technology, kinship, commerce and politics. May 2014. Grant holders: Kylie Baldwin, Caroline Law, Christina Weis, Wendy Norton, De Montfort University.

Supporting the development of equality and diversity skills, knowledge and values in academic teaching staff in Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). Equality Challenge Unit. The overall aim of this research project was to explore the approaches that HEIs in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales are taking to develop the equality and diversity skills, knowledge and values of academic teaching staff and to assess the effectiveness of these approaches. 2013-2014. Research Assistant. Grant holders: Dr Christine Nightingale, Caroline Law, De Montfort University.

ENDOPART: Improving the well-being of couples. UK Economic and Social Research Council: ES/J003662/1. Qualitative study to explore the impact of endometriosis on couples and to contribute to improving the well-being of people living with endometriosis by providing an evidence base for improving couple support. 2012-2013. Research Assistant. Principal Investigator: Prof Lorraine Culley, De Montfort University. Co-investigators: Dr Nicky Hudson, Dr Helene Mitchell, De Montfort University; Professor Elaine Denny, Birmingham City University; Dr Nick Raine-Fenning, University of Nottingham.

Embedding structured self management education programmes for Type 2 diabetes in a multi-ethnic primary care setting: developing key areas to support a NIHR Programme Grant submission. NIHR Programme Development Grant: RP-DG-1210-10183. Exploration of approaches to implementation and embedding of structured diabetes education in primary care. 2012-2013. Research Assistant to Work Package 3. Grant holder: Professor Melanie Davies, University Hospitals of Leicester.

Internally funded research project information

ENDOPART2: Developing a Knowledge Exchange Partnership and Improving Support in Endometriosis. De Montfort University Higher Education Innovation Fund. Building on the success of the ENDOPART study, this project comprised partnership working with leading charity Endometriosis UK to develop support resources for couples living with endometriosis including a support session for delivery at Endometriosis UK support groups, two films and an online information resource. 2015-16. Grant holders: Dr Nicky Hudson, Prof Lorraine Culley, Dr Helene Mitchell, Caroline Law, Wendy Norton, De Montfort University.

Enhancing Dissemination, Impact and Networking in Reproduction Research. De Montfort University School of Applied Social Sciences Research Fund. This funding supported various dissemination, impact and networking activities including further dissemination and impact activity arising from the ENDOPART study, as well as the international symposium Postponing Childbirth, Extending Fertility? Biotechnologies and the Transformation of Reproductive Life. 2015-16. Grant holders: Dr Nicky Hudson, Dr Cathy Herbrand, Caroline Law, Dr Helene Mitchell, Prof Lorraine Culley, De Montfort University. 

European Network for Research on Men, Infertility and Assisted Conception. De Montfort University Revolving Investment Fund for Research. A project to create an international multi-disciplinary network of leading academics and healthcare professionals working in the field of men, infertility and assisted conception. 2011-2012. Research Assistant.  Grant holders: Prof Lorraine Culley, Dr Nicky Hudson, Wendy Norton, De Montfort University; Dr Maria Lohan, Professor Sheena Lewis, Queen’s University Belfast.

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