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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


We host a visiting scholar programme and organise a monthly seminar series. 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 official launch of the Centre for Reproduction Research took place on Monday 24th April. Prof Emily Jackson, The London School of Economics and Political Science; Prof Maureen McNeil, Lancaster University and Prof Guido Pennings, Ghent University led the discussions around interdisciplinarity in reproduction research drawing on their experiences and work as leading scholars in the field. Further coverage of the launch is available here.


Project News   

The ENDOPART 2 Study

The CRR have been working closely with Endometriosis UK on the ENDOPART 2 Study, resulting in a new webpage, featuring a short film, and a new support group session, addressing the impact that endometriosis has and offering coping advice for both women and their partners. 

Nicky Hudson, who led the project, discussed this work with Emma Barnett on BBC Radio 4 Women's Hour on 7 August 2017 - listen to the show here

The EDNA Study

The Centre for Reproduction Research have launched a new blog, available here, for the EDNA Project (Egg donation in the UK, Belgium and Spain: an interdisciplinary study).


Call for Abstracts

Promissory encounters? Exploring innovations at the intersection of reproduction and genetics from a feminist STS perspective

EASST 2018 conference Lancaster 25-28 July

Stream 6. Discover, discussion and decision

Organisers: Dr Nolwenn Bühler (University of Neuchâtel) and Dr Cathy Herbrand (De Montfort University).

Deadline: 14 February 2018.

Further details available here.


Call for Papers

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

Thursday 24th May 2018, De Montfort University, Leicester

Plenary address: We are very pleased to announce that the plenary address will be delivered this year by Professor Emily Jackson from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Details of Prof Jackson’s plenary address will be circulated in due course.

Deadline: 16 March 2018

Further details avilable here.


CRR Seminar Series

Wednesday 21 February 2018, 12.00 – 1.30

Edith Murphy House, Room 1.27, De Montfort University, Leicester

Wendy Norton, De Montfort University, will be discussing her PhD

Gay men’s journeys to parenthood via surrogacy:  an exploratory study of UK residents.

More details to follow.

As places are limited, please email: if you wish to secure your place.

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