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
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.
From this Spring the Reproduction Research Group will become the Centre for Reproduction Research. Watch this space for more news soon.
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.
Closing date: Monday 10th April, 2017. Interviews for shortlisted candidates will be held by Friday 28th April approximately.
Please see here for further details.
BSA Postgraduate Forum Regional Event
Public sociology and the role of the researcher: engagement, communication and academic activism
Wednesday 29 March 2017, De Montfort University, Leicester.
Keynote speaker - Dr Mark Carrigan, Digital Fellow, The Sociological Review
Further details of the event and registration can be found here.
BSA Human Reproduction Study Group Annual Conference
Tuesday 23rd May 2017, De Montfort University, Leicester
Plenary speaker - Professor Jacqui Gabb, The Open University.
Please see here for full details and registration.
The Reproduction Research Group