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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       Dr 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.


DMU OSCAR Awards 2017

We are delighted to announce that Dr Nicky Hudson, Director of the Centre for Reproduction Research, has been shortlisted for a DMU OSCAR Award for her Outstanding Contribution to Research Excellence.  Congratulations to all the nominees.  Winners will be announced in June.


PhD Studentship Opportunity

De Montfort University Graduate School Full Bursary PhD Scholarship hosted by the new Centre for Reproduction Research.

Project title: Selling hope? Investigating the UK IVF industry and the case of fertility treatment “add-ons”

Commencing: October 2017.

For futher details on the topic please see here.


The EDNA Project Blog

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).


CRR Seminar Series

The seminar series hosted by the Centre for Reproduction Research will start again in the next academic year (17 - 18).  Watch this space for more news.  

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