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Centre for Reproduction Research

Dedicated to the production of scholarship on the social, cultural and political aspects of human reproduction
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Developing new ways of thinking about human reproduction through the integration of a range of disciplines, approaches and methods


Working collaboratively to produce research that is both theoretically grounded and socially relevant


Welcomes applications from visiting scholars and enquiries about postgraduate study




Offers consultancy services in the field of reproduction



Hosts a range of events and activities relating to scholarship on human reproduction



The Centre for Reproduction Research 

The Centre for Reproduction Research (CRR) is a vibrant, interdisciplinary centre of expertise dedicated to the production of scholarship on the social, cultural and political aspects of human reproduction. Our aim is to develop new ways of thinking about the complexity of human reproduction through the integration of a range of disciplines, approaches and methods.  Our membership includes representation from sociology, psychology, anthropology, science and technology studies, nursing, midwifery, health policy and health sciences. Founded in 2017, the Centre is hosted within the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences at De Montfort, and follows on the success of the former Reproduction Research Group (2010-2017).


Our work covers a broad range of cutting-edge topics and has attracted funding from Wellcome Trust, Economic and Social Research Council, National Institute for Health Research, Foundation for Sociology of Health and Illness, national charities and NHS Trusts. We work closely with the end users of our research and believe that the best policy and practice initiatives are based on excellent research with strong theoretical foundations.  The Centre has links with a number of other academic research groups and centres, both nationally and internationally. We welcome invitations and opportunities for new collaborations and initiatives.

Current topics include:

  • Age and reproductive timing
  • Cross-border reproductive travel
  • Egg and mitochondrial donation
  • Egg freezing
  • Ethnicity, religion and assisted conception
  • Gay and lesbian parenthood
  • Genetic disorders and reproductive technologies
  • Men, infertilities, technologies and fatherhood
  • Pregnancy and childbirth
  • Socio-psychological aspects of endometriosis
  • Surrogacy

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Regular meetings are held to discuss scholarly contributions to the field and to assist members with publication projects.  To find out more about our programme of work contact Prof Nicky Hudson.


The Centre for Reproduction Research

Twitter: @CRRDMU 


Centre News


The Centre for Reproduction Research are pleased to announce the launch of a new CRR Blog, available here, used to share details of work, advertise events and most importantly to generate discussion and dialogue on reproduction related topics, including voices from the centre, and guest blogs from visiting researchers, speakers and friends of the CRR.

Centre for Reproduction Research Seminar Series

You are warmly invited to join the Centre for Reproduction Research at our upcoming seminars:

Wednesday 16 May 12:00 – 1:30

Edith Murphy House, Room 4.08, De Montfort University, Leicester

Prof Joyce Harper, University College London

'The current status and future of reproductive genetics: is GATTACE here?'

Further details available here.

Upcoming Event

Human Reproduction Study Group Annual Conference Reproduction and the law: transformations, responsibilities and uncertainties in 21st Century

Thursday 24 May 2018, De Montfort University, Leicester

The final programme for the conference is now available here. Registration can be completed here.

We are delighted to announce that this year's plenary address will be delivered by Professor Emily Jackson from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Prof Jackson will be discussing 'Law, Reproduction and Public Health: abortion, assisted conception and unintended consequences'.  

Visualising Reproduction in Medical, Social and Historical Contexts: An Interdisciplinary Inquiry 

Monday 4 June 2018, De Montfort University Leicester

Organised byThe Centre for Reproduction Research and the Photographic History Research Centre .

Keynote address: We are pleased to announce that the keynote address “Visualising Human Embryos” will be delivered by Professor Nick Hopwood from the University of Cambridge.  

Attendance is free but as places are limited, please email if you wish to attend to secure your place.

Further details are available here.

Project News   

The EDNA Study

Check out the latest entry at our EDNA (Egg donation in the UK, Belgium and Spain: an interdisciplinary study) Project Blog, available here, from The Centre for Reproduction Research.

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