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
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
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.
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.
In recognition of her contribution to academia, we are delighted to announce that Nicky Hudson, Director of the Centre for Reproduction Research has been promoted to Professor.
As part of the 2017 Graduate School Doctoral Thesis Prizes, Dr Kylie Baldwin has been awarded best doctoral thesis 2016-17 in Health and Life Sciences at De Montfort University for her thesis 'Ice, Ice, Baby? A Sociological Exploration of Social Egg Freezing'.
Congratulations to both Nicky and Kylie - very well deserved!
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.