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.
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, police 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
Call for Abstracts
Social Studies of Reproduction: techniques, methods and reflexive moments
We invite paper abstracts on 'researching reproduction' for presentation at a session at the International Sociological Association RC33 Conference: ‘9th International Conference on Social Science Methodology’, Leicester, UK
Conference date: 11-16th September 2016.
***Extended abstract deadline: 21 February 2016***
For more information, including instructions for submitting abstracts please click here.
For queries relating to the session or your abstract, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
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‘Governing Reproduction: Politics, Law and Policy Regulating Human Reproductive Technologies in the UK’
Wednesday 2nd March 2016 from 12:00-2:00.
De Montfort University, Hugh Aston 1.47.
Booking is essential, if you are interested in joining us, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm your attendance.
The seminar will be delivered by Dr Mark Goodwin, University of Birmingham and is hosted by The Reproduction Research Group and The Health Policy Research Unit.
The field of human reproductive technologies has been extensively studied within the social sciences often focusing on its potentially radical implications for understandings of gender and kinship. But the invention of these technologies also poses significant challenges in the field of politics and public policy as legislators have sought to develop regulatory frameworks to control their use. This seminar will examine the case of the U.K. - one of the first states to attempt regulation and arguably one of the most successful. The seminar will examine the three major acts of legislation on human reproductive technologies - the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Acts of 1990, 2001 and 2008 and will also comment on more recent regulation of mitochondrial transfer. It will consider the contribution that concepts drawn from the field of public policy can make to the social scientific study of reproduction and reproductive technologies.
Dr Cathy Herbrand will chair the session, and Dr Sally Ruane will be the discussant.