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.
RC33 Conference 2016
Session: Social Studies of Reproduction: techniques, methods and reflexive moments
Session organisers: Dr Nicky Hudson, Dr Irenee Daly, Dr Cathy Herbrand, Kylie Baldwin, Dr Nolwenn Buhler
Session date: 15th September 2016, 9am - 6.30pm
In recent years, the social study of human reproduction has developed into a rich and dynamic theme within social science. Historically framed as a ‘sensitive’ topic residing in the private/intimate sphere, high-profile advances such as IVF, and more recent examples such as non-invasive pre-natal testing and mitochondrial transfer techniques, have thrust reproduction in to the public domain, often in the wake of controversy and media interest. The increasing use of practices such as international surrogacy, fertility preservation procedures, and the emergence of ‘reproductive tourism’ means that the research landscape is constantly evolving in geographical, political and conceptual terms.
However, little systematic consideration has been given to the continually adapting means by which social scientists have approached this area of research using a wide range of methods, and the resulting practical, ethical and conceptual challenges they face. This session aims to: identify significant epistemological and methodological trends within the field and consider their utility; advance sophistication with which reproduction research methods are currently understood and communicated; consider the use of novel and emergent methods and their fit with intimate/sensitive topics.
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The Reproduction Research Group