Mrs Jessica Turner

Job: Research Assistant

Faculty: Health and Life Sciences

School/department: School of Applied Social Sciences

Research group(s): Centre for Reproduction Research

Address: The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: +44 (0)116 207 8306




Personal profile

Jessica Turner is a Research Assistant within the School of Applied Social Sciences and the Centre for Reproduction Research. Jess has a BA in Sociology and is currently undertaking an MRes in Applied Health Research, exploring representations of pregnancy, and maternal and foetal identity on social media.  Her research interests include women's health and reproduction and chronic illness.

Her role as research assistant at the Centre for Reproduction Research includes data collection and analysis, bid-writing, organising conferences and seminars and supporting the work of the Centre for Reproduction Research.

Jess is also involved in carryng out an ethnographic study as part of an NIHR funded research project with colleagues from the Leicester Diabetes Centre and The University of Leicester, led by Professor Melanie Davies.

Prior to her role at De Montfort University, Jess was employed as a Research and Policy Officer at Healthwatch Derby, carrying out qualitative and quantitative research involving patients and the public around health and social care services in the city of Derby.

Research group affiliations

Key research outputs

Turner, J. 2017. Book Review: Conceiving Masculinitiy: Male Infertility, Medicine and Identity by Liberty Walther Barnes, Men and Masculinities, 20, (1), pp. 126 - 128.

Research interests/expertise

  • Qualitative research
  • Digital sociology
  • Sociology of health and illness
  • Women's health and reproduction
  • Chronic illness


Currently undertaking MRes in Applied Health Studies

BA (Hons) Sociology

Membership of professional associations and societies

Member of the organising committee for the BSA East Midlands Medical Sociology Group.

Conference attendance

Selected Conferences

Turner, J. Poster Presentation: 'Preganncy, Social Media and Identity'. Pregnancy, Maternity, and the Self - Interdisciplinary Conference. University of Southampton, Southampton, 21st June 2019.

Turner, J. 'Pregnancy, Social Media and Identity'. BSA Human Reproduction Study Group Annual Conference. De Montfort University, Leicester, 12th June 2019.

Eborall H, Hudson N, Martin G, Shaw E, Turner J ‘Embedding structured education for self-management of Type 2 diabetes in primary care - an NPT informed analysis’, paper presented at the BSA Medical Sociology Conference, University of York, 13-15 September 2017.

Turner, J. 'Normalisation Process Theory: A useful framework to inform the development, implementation and evaluation of complex interventions?' Health Policy Research Unit.  De Montfort University, Leicester, UK, 8th December 2016.

Turner, J and Hudson, N. "I was secretly hoping to have twins because I knew it was my one chance": Negotiating risks around multiple births in cross border reproductive care'. BSA Human Reproduction Study Group Annual Conference. De Montfort University, Leicester, 10th June 2016.

Turner, J. and Hudson, N. "They don't make the moral decisions for you": decision-making about embryo transfer and perceptions of multiple pregnancies amongst recipients of overseas fertility treatment'. Reproduction Research Group Seminar Series. De Montfort University, Leicester, 6th April 2016.

Externally funded research grants information

Increasing uptake of effective self-management education programmes for type 2 diabetes in multi-ethnic primary care settings(Research Assistant to ethnographic component). NIHR £2m. Programme Grants for Applied Research. PI: Professor Melanie Davies, University Hospitals of Leicester. Nov 2015-Oct 2020.

Internally funded research project information

'EDNA’ - Egg donation in the UK, Spain and Belgium: an interdisciplinary study. Building Impact. £3861. Higher Education Investment Fund, DMU. Hudson (PI), Culley, Herbrand, Weis, Loyal, Fearon, Turner. 2020.

Professional esteem indicators

Open Access Champion for The Centre for Reproduction Research and the School of Applied Social Sciences, DMU.

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