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Research Group Lead

Dr Nicky Hudson
Reader in Medical Sociology

T: +44 (0)116 207 8766

  • Sociology of reproduction (infertility, assisted reproductive technologies, gamete donation and freezing, surrogacy and cross border reproduction)

  • Sociology of medicine

  • Qualitative research methods

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Professor Emeritus


Prof Lorraine Culley
Emeritus Professor of Social Science and Health

T: +44 (0)116 257 7753

  • Diversity, health and healthcare (gender and ethnicity)

  • Social aspects of infertility and reproductive technologies

  • Endometriosis


Research Assistants

Jessica Turner

Research Assistant

T: +44 (0)116 207 8306



  • Sociology of health and illness, chronic illness
  • Women's health and reproduction
  • Qualitative research methods

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Researchers and Lecturers

Dr Kylie Baldwin
Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Health Studies/Part-time PhD Student

T: +44 (0)116 257 7735

  • Sociology of health, illness and medicine

  • Social egg freezing, fertility preservation, ageing and fertility, infertility and involuntary childlessness

  • Bioethics and human sexuality


Nolwenn Bühler
Honorary Research Fellow

T: n/a

  • Reproductive Aging, Assisted Reproductive Technologies, Relationships between anti-aging and reproductive socio-technical projects, Egg Donation and Freezing

  • Gender and Kinship

  • Ontology, Temporality and Potentiality



Caroline Law

Research Fellow/Part-time PhD Student

T: +44 (0)116 250 6124


  • Sociology of health, illness and medicine, chronic illness

  • Infertility, reproduction, men and reproductive timings

  • Endometriosis

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Rowena Doughty
Senior Lecturer in Midwifery/Part-time PhD student

T: +44 (0)116 207 8757



  • Midwifery led care

  • Antenatal Care

  • Obesity




Dr Zaheera Essat
Midwife/Part-time Lecturer in Midwifery




  • Midwifery

  • Women’s health

  • Multi-cultural nursing


Dr Rosemary Garratt
Principle Lecturer in Midwifery

T: +44 (0)116 207 8707

  • Women’s reproductive health and the social context of childbearing

  • Midwifery

  • Healthcare communications


Bernadette Gregory
Senior Lecturer in Midwifery

T: +44 (0)116 257 7847

  • Parents with disabilities

  • Equality and diversity issues

  • Social policy and how it affects women and families


Dr Tina Harris
Lead Midwife for Education/Principle Lecturer

T: +44 (0)116 257 7804

  • Midwifery practice and education

  • Decision making in clinical care

  • Care of childbearing women from ethnic minority and migrant backgrounds

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Dr Cathy Herbrand

VC2020 Senior Lecturer in Sociology

T: +44 (0)116 250 6422

  • Reproductive technologies (mitochondrial replacement techniques, egg donation, non-invasive prenatal testing, cross-border surrogacy)

  • Gay and lesbian parenthood

  • Genetics and biomedicine

Cathy Herbrand 

Dr Helene Mitchell
Senior Lecturer in Psychology

T: +44 (0)116 257 7722

  • Women’s health and musculoskeletal conditions

  • Psychology of chronic illness

  • Illness cognitions, expectations, experiences and self-management of illnesses

Helen Mitchell 

Wendy Norton
VC2020 Senior Lecturer in Health and Social Care (Sexual Health)/Part-time PhD Student

T: +44 (0)116 201 3810

  • Women’s health care, gynaecology, infertility and assisted reproduction

  • Sexuality

  • Contraception, sexual health and HIV

 Wendy Norton



Dr Sally Ruane
Deputy Director of the Health Policy Research Unit/Principal Lecturer

T: +44 (0) 116 207 8732



  • Health service reform and reconfiguration

  • Political aspects of, and alternative approaches to, health service reform

  • Public private partnerships' and 'taxation'


Full-time PhD Students




Paris Connolly
PhD Research Student 





  • Gender differences

  • Women’s health

  • Violence against women


Kriss Fearon
PhD Research Student


  • Reproductive choices for women and girls with Turner’s Syndrome, their parents and partners

  • Egg, ovary and ovarian tissue freezing for medical reason, and mother-to-daughter egg donation

  • Reproductive decision making and the perception of risk in pregnancy following fertility treatment





Sasha Loyal

PhD Research Student





  • Reproductive timing, infertility and perceptions of ageing and childbearing
  • Gender differences, ethnicity and religion
  • Fertility trends  

Aveen Haji Mam
PhD Research Student


  • Women’s health

  • Midwifery

  • Obesity


Christina Weis
PhD Research Student


  • Medical anthropology, reproduction research and social aspects of infertility

  • Ethnographic research in Russia and Eastern Europe

  • Feminist anthropology, gender studies/queer studies 

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