The CRR research projects

Reproduction in the age of genomic medicine: the emergence, commercialisation and implications of preconception expanded carrier screening

Dr Cathy Herbrand (PI)

CIs: Professor Nicky Hudson, Professor Pascal Borry, Professor Bronwyn Parry, Professor Zosia Miedzybrodzka

Consultant: Professor Lorraine Culley

Research Fellow: Dr Kriss Fearon

Research Assistant: Lucina Wilde

Partner: Progress Educational Trust

Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (£482,621)

(2023 - 2026)

Contact: Dr Cathy Herbrand,

Birthing together? A study of the role and experiences of birth-partners in birth-planning practices.

Dr Christina Weis (PI)

CIs: Dr Zaheera Essat

(2023  - ongoing)

Contact: Dr Christina Weis,


Experiences of mothers who breastfeed infants  with food allergies.

Dr Johanna Myddleton (PI)

(2023  - ongoing)

Contact: Dr Johanna Myddleton,


Reusable nappies in the community: a behaviour change intervention study

Dr Kylie Baldwin (PI)

CIs: Dr Johanna Myddleton

(2022  - ongoing)

Contact: Dr Kylie Baldwin,

Reproductive Coercion Scale Adaption and Re-validation OSF | Reproductive Coercion Scale Adaption ; Contraceptive Critical Network Presentation (

Dr Amanda Wilson (PI)

CI: Miss Ngosa Kambashi

Research Assistants: Miss Sandra Wydera, Mr Jan Kaminski, and Miss Olive Allen

Funded by the Institute of Psychological Sciences Small Grant Scheme (£2,000)

(2021 - ongoing)

Contact:  Dr Amanda Wilson,


Direct-to-consumer genetic testing and donor-conception: support and governance in emerging digital systems

Dr Lucy Frith (PI)

CIs: Professor Marie Fox, Professor Nicky Hudson, Dr Petra Nordqvist, Dr Jackson Kirkman-Brown, Dr Fiona Jane MacCallum

Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (£613,335)

(2020  - 2024)

Contact: Dr Lucy Frith,

Egg donation in the UK, Belgium and Spain: an interdisciplinary study (EDNA) 

Professor Nicky Hudson (PI),

CIs: Professor Guido Pennings, Professor Lorraine Culley, Dr Cathy Herbrand, Dr Vincenzo Pavone, Professor Veerle Provost

Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (£429,324)

(2017 - 2021)

Contact: Professor Nicky Hudson,

Men’s experiences of pregnancy after fertility treatment 

Dr Esmée Hanna (PI)

(2019  - 2021)

Contact: Dr Esmée Hanna,

Heterosexual partnered men’s experiences of becoming fathers through surrogacy

Dr Christina Weis (co-PI) and Dr Wendy Norton (co-PI) 

Funded by DMU Health and Life Sciences Research Development Fund.

(2019  - 2021)

Contact: Dr Christina Weis,

Global Perspectives on Governing Assisted Reproductive Technologies

Dr Lucy Frith (co-PI), Professor Nicky Hudson (co-PI) and Professor Marie Fox

Funded by The Wellcome Trust

(2018  - 2021)

Contact: Dr Lucy Frith, 

Endometriosis: Utilising CRR research evidence to enhance awareness, care, management and support for women and their partners

Professor Nicky Hudson (co-PI), Professor Lorraine Culley (co-PI), Caroline Law, (co-PI),  Dr Helene Mitchell (co-PI),and Dr Wendy Norton (co-PI) 

(2015  - present)

Contact: Caroline Law,


Current PhD projects

The lived experiences of transgender and gender-expansive youth (TGEY) transitioning and parental dynamics across the UK: An Intersectionality ApproachSitira Williams

1st supervisor Dr Zowie Davy

2nd supervisors Dr Cathy Herbrand

2018 - ongoing


Using experience based co-design to develop resources to support those experiencing male factor infertility – Andrew Coutts 

1st supervisor Dr Esmee Hanna 

2nd supervisor Professor Nicky Hudson  

2020  - ongoing 


Discontinuing fertility treatment: Using experience based co-design to enhance patient support - Kelly Da Silva

1st supervisor Dr Kylie Baldwin

2nd supervisors Professor Nicky Hudson and Dr Esmee Hanna

2021  - ongoing


       Women's lived experience of primary ovarian insufficiency Kate Pleace

       1st supervisor Professor Nicky Hudson

       2nd supervisors Dr Cathy Herbrand and Dr Caroline Law 

       2022  - ongoing


Complementary approaches to fertility treatment: an exploration of the framing, marketisation and use of new forms of fertility products, practices and servicesSophia McCully

1st supervisor Dr Cathy Herbrand

2nd supervisor Professor Nicky Hudson

2022  - ongoing


(In) Fertile Embodiment: revealing the invisibility of infertility between the medical and maternal through feminist art practice  - Sally Butcher

1st supervisor Dr Esther Windsor (BCU)

2nd supervisors Dr Gemma Commane (BCU) and Dr Cathy Herbrand

2022  - ongoing


Reproductive decision making in the context of chronic illness: a qualitative relational investigation of couples’ desires and plans to have children - Fahad Hossain

1st supervisor Dr Caroline Law 

2nd supervisor Professor Nicky Hudson

2023  - ongoing


Click here for details of our past projects and completed PhDs