Job: Research Fellow
Faculty: Health and Life Sciences
School/department: School of Applied Social Sciences
Address: De Montfort, University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH
T: +44 (0)116 201 3896
Sasha Loyal is a PhD student at the Centre for Reproduction Research with a keen interest in reproduction, gender and family formation within ethnic minorities She has previously conducted research at DMU exploring the experiences of infertile men.
She was awarded a DMU High Flyers Scholarship from De Montfort University to undertake a PhD research exploring reproductive timing within British South Asian communities (2016-2019). This qualitative study explores the perceptions of British South Asian women of when the ‘right time’ is to have children and draws on an intersectional approach to explore how a range of social and cultural factors influence decision-making around family formation.
Sasha also works as a Research Fellow at the CRR. Her role involves data analysis, seminar and conference organisation and supporting the running of the CRR. She is also involved in ESRC-funded project “Egg-donation in the UK, Belgium and Spain: An interdisciplinary study (EDNA)" and works with key stakeholders to develop impact work.
PhD supervisors: Dr Helene Mitchell (1st), Prof Nicky Hudson (2nd), Dr Cathy Herbrand (2nd)
Centre for Reproduction Research
Loyal, S. OPINION: The coronavirus 'baby boom' myth. Article on DMU Research News. June 2020. https://www.dmu.ac.uk/about-dmu/news/2020/june/opinion-the-coronavirus-baby-boom-myth.aspx [Reposted on the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships (CRFR) blog. https://crfrblog.blogspot.com/2020/06/family-planning-and-covid-19-baby-bust.html]
Loyal, S. Will we really see a coronavirus 'baby boom'? Blog post on Centre for Reproduction Research Blog. June 2020. https://centreforreproductionresearch962893217.wordpress.com
Loyal, S. A day in the life of a Centre for Reproduction Research PhD Student. Blog post on Centre for Reproduction Research Blog. October 2018. https://centreforreproductionresearch962893217.wordpress.com/
"I think as a woman you are just expected to have children". Reproductive timing, decision-making and intersectionality'. Psychology Postgraduate Conference. De Montfort University, UK. April 2019.
Exploring perceptions of reproductive timing in British South Asian groups: PhD in Progress. Centre of Reproduction Research Seminar. De Montfort University, UK. October 2018.
Using intersectionality to explore reproductive timing in British South Asian communities. Presentation. Postgraduate Medical Humanities Conference. University of Exeter, UK. June 2018.
'When is the right time to have children?' Poster presentation. Society of Reproductive and Infant Psychology Annual Conference, York. 12-13 September 2017.
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