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Ms Sasha Loyal

Job: PhD Student

Faculty: Health and Life Sciences

School/department: School of Applied Social Sciences

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

T: N/A

E: p11238742@my365.dmu.ac.uk

W: www.dmu.ac.uk/hls

 

Personal profile

Sasha Loyal is a PhD student at the Centre for Reproduction Research with a keen interest in reproduction, gender and family formation within ethnic minorities She has previously conducted research at DMU exploring the experiences of infertile men.

She was awarded a DMU High Flyers Scholarship from De Montfort University to undertake a PhD research exploring reproductive timing within British South Asian communities (2016-2019). This qualitative study explores the perceptions of British South Asian women of when the ‘right time’ is to have children and draws on an intersectional approach to explore how a range of social and cultural factors influence decision-making around family formation.

Supervisors: Dr Helene Mitchell (1st), Dr Nicky Hudson (2nd), Dr Cathy Herbrand (2nd)

Research group affiliations

Key research outputs

  • MSc dissertation: “The Role of Online Forums for Men Affected with Infertility”

Research interests/expertise

  • Qualitative and quantitative approaches of reproduction within minority ethnic groups 
  • Reproductive decision-making and the use of reproductive technologies  
  • Intersectionality and gender issues
  • Social and psychological aspects of infertility 

Qualifications

  • BSc (Hons) Psychology, De Montfort University
  • MSc Health Psychology, De Montfort University

Honours and awards

  • Poster 4th prize winner, DMU's Annual Poster Competition for Research Degree Students, 2017
  • High Flyers PhD Scholarship, 2016-2019

Membership of professional associations and societies

  • Member – British Sociological Association
  • Member – Society of Reproductive and Infant Psychology

 

Conference attendance

  • ‘When is the best time to have children? Exploring perceptions of readiness in British South Asian communities.’ Poster presentation. Research Degree Students’ Poster Competition. De Montfort University, Leicester. April 2017. 4th prize for best poster.
  • Exploring perceptions of reproductive timing within British South Asian communities using Intersectionality. Presentation. Intersectionality Symposium. De Montfort University, Leicester, UK. June 2017.
  • 'When is the right time to have children?' Poster presentation. Society of Reproductive and Infant Psychology Annual Conference, York. 12-13 September 2017. 

 

Internally funded research project information

  • Funding generation and co-organisation of BSA Public Sociology event (£1000). De Montfort University, Leicester. March 2017. (Co-applicant).

 

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