Reproduction Research Group
The Reproduction Research Group at De Montfort University is a vibrant, multi-disciplinary research group based in the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences. The group has representation from sociology, anthropology, psychology, nursing and midwifery and health policy.
What makes our group unique and exciting is the diverse character of our membership and our interdisciplinary approach to researching current issues in human reproduction.
Our research focuses on the social study of on a number of cutting-edge themes:
- Cross-border reproductive travel
- Egg and mitochondrial donation
- Egg freezing
- Age and reproductive timing
- Genetic disorders and reproductive technologies
- Health, pregnancy and childbirth
- Men, infertilities, technologies and fatherhood
- Socio-psychological aspects of endometriosis
- Gay and lesbian parenthood
- Ethnicity, religion and assisted conception
- Midwifery and the management of labour
Research funding sources include the Economic and Social Research Council, National Institute for Health Research, Foundation for Sociology of Health and Illness and the charitable sector.
We meet every two weeks for seminars, reading groups and business meetings. To find out more about our meetings contact Reproduction Research Group lead Dr Nicky Hudson
Most projects have a strong applied focus, designed to impact policy, service delivery and quality of carein reproductive health and the education of healthcare professionals. Many of these projects involve representatives from practice, policy and patient and user organisations.
The Reproduction Research Group has links and works collaboratively with several other academic research groups and centres nationally and internationally. We also collaborate with colleagues across De Montfort University including the Health Policy Research Unit, Nursing and Midwifery Research Centre and the Mary Seacole Research Centre.
The group also offers consultancy services in the field of reproduction. Read more about our consultancy work here.
The Reproduction Research Group
The Reproduction Research Group.
You are warmly invited to attend a seminar hosted by the Reproduction Research Group on Wednesday 8th June 2016 from 12:00 - 1:30 in Edith Murphy 4.08. The seminar will be delivered by Dr Esmée Hanna, Leeds Beckett University, and is entitled:
‘Understanding men’s experiences of infertility: an analysis of posts within a male-only online support forum’
Men have routinely been marginalised from social science and public understandings around reproduction and fertility (Culley, Hudson and Lohan, 2013), with men’s perspectives and experiences hidden from view (Hanna and Gough, 2015). In the literature that does exist, infertility is often narrated as a stigmatised, emasculating and distressing experience for men, which contributes to perceptions of difficulty in conducting primary research with men on the topic. In recent years, however, online sites (forums, blogs, social media) have presented ‘ways in’ to otherwise hard-to-reach groups (Langer and Beckman, 2005). This paper presents findings from a qualitative research project around the use and value of online forums for men experiencing infertility within the context of their intimate partner relationships (Hanna and Gough, 2016a; 2016b). It will explore the forum as a ‘safe space’ which facilitates disclosure and peer support, as well as the influence of hegemonic masculinity on constructions of self, others and coping with infertility.
If you are interested in joining us, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm your attendance by Monday 6th June 2016. Lunch, tea and coffee will be provided.
The BSA Human Reproduction Study Group Annual Conference.
The organisers of the BSA Human Reproduction Study Group are pleased to announce that the plenary address will be delivered this year by Professor Bronwyn Parry from Kings College London.
The conference will take place at De Montfort University, Leicester in Trinity House Chapel and Boardroom. The city of Leicester is located an hour from London and is easily accessible by both rail and road and is well served by East Midlands and Birmingham airport.
Conference date: 10th June 2016.
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