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Study with the Centre for Reproduction Research

The Centre for Reproduction Research (CRR) welcomes applications from potential candidates who are interested in undertaking a PhD in the field of reproduction research. Broad topic areas may include infertility and use of reproductive technologies, including donation, freezing and surrogacy; cross-border reproductive travel; reproductive ageing; and non-traditional family formations, and may draw on disciplines of sociology, psychology and science and technology studies. Please see the member list for a full description of interests and topics.

If you are interested in undertaking a PhD at the centre, please access our brochure here, and contact Professor Nicky Hudson at for an informal discussion in the first instance.

For more information on postgraduate opportunities at De Montfort University Leicester (DMU), please see here, or visit the Doctoral College.

Visiting the Centre for Reproduction Research

The CRR welcomes visits from other researchers for stays of a few weeks to several months. We are happy to consider applications from researchers, including doctoral students, working in our key research areas.

A research visit to the centre offers a great opportunity to develop interests and exchange ideas, as well as to extend your network as part of a dynamic, interdisciplinary research group focused on cutting-edge topics. Visitors who wish to spend time with the group are asked to commit time in residence and to attend regular events and seminars organised by our members.

If you are interested, please contact the centre on, with your academic CV, a short outline of your research interests and your reasons for wanting to visit the centre at DMU.


Placements at the Centre for Reproduction Research


DMU offer a range of placement opportunities for its students. Current placement opportunities with the CRR include:


The Centre for Reproduction Research Frontrunner Opportunity, available for 10 hours a week during term time, from October 21 – March 22, at £9.50 an hour.  

The Intern will gain first-hand experience of working within a lively and vibrant research centre at DMU. The Centre for Reproduction Research (CRR) is an interdisciplinary centre of expertise dedicated to the production of scholarship on the social, cultural and political aspects of human reproduction

The focus of their training will be provided through shadowing members of the Centre and engaging with current research projects in the Centre. Supported by the CRR team, the intern/s will be able to become involved in a number of research and administrative activities, including:

-                      Assisting with organising research seminars

-                      Conducting literature reviews

-                      Assisting with running meetings

-                      Updating/creating content for the Centre website and social media accounts

-                      Attending research events

-                      Report writing

-                      Assisting with impact work

IMPORTANT NOTE: In order to apply students must have attended an application workshop.


Previous visiting researchers

Dr. Anne-Kristin Kuhnt, February 2020

Anne-Kristin Kuhnt is a demographer and sociologist at University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany. 

Professor Helen Allan, 16 - 18 January, 13 - 14 February, 13 - 14 March 2019

Helen Allan is a Professor of Nursing at Middlesex University, London, UK.

Dr Sayani Mitra, November 2018

Sayani Mitra is a sociologist from the University of Goettingen, Germany.

Associate Professor Christa Craven, June 2018

Christa Craven is an Associate Professor of Anthropology and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies (Chair 2012-17) at the College of Wooster in Ohio, USA.

Michiel De Proost, January 2018
Michiel De Proost is a Doctoral Fellow a RHEA (Centre of Expertise: Gender, Diversity and Intersectionality in the Faculty of History, Archaeology, Arts, Philosophy and Ethics at the Free University of Brussels.

Dr Alana Cattapan, November to December 2016
Alana Cattapan is an Assistant Professor at Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Saskatchewan.

Dr Esmée Hanna, June 2016
Esmee Hanna is a sociologist and qualitative researcher at the Centre for Men’s Health at Leeds Beckett University.

Dr Johanna Kostenzer, May to June 2016
Johanna Kostenzer is an Academic Researcher at the Erasmus School of Health Policy and Management Health Care Governance (HCG) at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. 

Dr Andri Christoforou, January 2016
Andri Christoforou achieved her PhD in 2015 from the Centre for Women’s Studies, University of York (UK) and currently works as a Research Officer at European University Cyprus. 

Dr Bruna Alvarez, August 2015 to January 2016
Bruna Alvarez is a social and cultural anthropologist working with the AFIN Research Group at the Autonomous University of Barcelona.