Centre for Reproduction Research

Centre for Reproduction Research
Dedicated to the production of scholarship on the social, cultural and political aspects of human reproduction
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Centre for Reproduction Research
Developing new ways of thinking about human reproduction through the integration of a range of disciplines, approaches and methods
Centre for Reproduction Research Working collaboratively to produce research that is both theoretically grounded and socially relevant
Centre for Reproduction Research
Welcomes applications from visiting scholars and enquiries about postgraduate study


Centre for Reproduction Research Offers consultancy services in the field of reproduction


Centre for Reproduction Research

Hosts a range of events and activities relating to scholarship on human reproduction



Centre for Reproduction Research 

The Centre for Reproduction Research (CRR) is a vibrant, interdisciplinary centre of expertise dedicated to the production of scholarship on the social, cultural and political aspects of human reproduction. Our aim is to develop new ways of thinking about the complexity of human reproduction through the integration of a range of disciplines, approaches and methods.  Our membership includes representation from sociology, psychology, anthropology, science and technology studies, nursing, midwifery, health policy and health sciences. Founded in 2017, the Centre is hosted within the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences at De Montfort.

Our work covers a broad range of cutting-edge topics and has attracted funding from Wellcome Trust, Economic and Social Research Council, National Institute for Health Research, Foundation for Sociology of Health and Illness, national charities and NHS Trusts. We work closely with the end users of our research and believe that the best policy and practice initiatives are based on excellent research with strong theoretical foundations.  The Centre has links with a number of other academic research groups and centres, both nationally and internationally. We welcome invitations and opportunities for new collaborations and initiatives.

Current topics include:

  • Age and reproductive timing
  • Commercialisation of reproductive treatment
  • Cross-border reproductive travel
  • Egg and mitochondrial donation
  • Egg freezing and IVF add-ons
  • Ethnicity, religion and assisted conception
  • Genetic disorders and reproductive technologies
  • Men, infertilities, technologies and fatherhood
  • Socio-psychological aspects of endometriosis
  • Pregnancy and childbirth
  • LGBTQI reproduction
  • Surrogacy

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Regular meetings are held to discuss scholarly contributions to the field and to assist members with publication projects.  To find out more about our programme of work contact Prof Nicky Hudson.


The Centre for Reproduction Research

E: crr@dmu.ac.uk
Twitter: @CRRDMU 

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Study for a PhD at the Centre for Reproduction Research 

Please find information here about full bursaries available for PhD study with the Centre for Reproduction Research at DMU. We study the social, cultural and political aspects of human reproduction and use a range of approaches and methods. 

Please contact Dr Esmée Hanna for an informal discussion in the first instance.

Deadline for applications - 9th March 2020. 


EASST/4S Conference

CFP: We are pleased to invite you to submit a paper proposal to our Open Panel at the EASST/4S Conference in Prague, 18-21 August 2020:

#70 Governing reproductive bio-economies: policy frameworks, ethics and economics


Nicky Hudson, De Montfort University

Cathy Herbrand, De Montfort University

Vincenzo Pavone, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas/Spanish National Research Council 

Further information can be found here.


Book Release 

We are delighted to share news of Dr Kylie Baldwin’s new book ‘Egg Freezing, Fertility and Reproductive Choice: Negotiating Responsibility, Hope and Modern Motherhood’, which was published by Emerald Books earlier this week.

This book is a culmination of several years of research and scholarship in this novel area and explores the accounts and experiences of some of the pioneering users of this technology in the UK and USA. Further information can be found in our recent CRR blog piece.


Seminar Series

The next CRR Seminar will be announced in due course. 



The Centre for Reproduction Research Blog is available here, used to share details of work, advertise events and most importantly to generate discussion and dialogue on reproduction related topics, including voices from the centre, and guest blogs from visiting researchers, speakers and friends of the CRR.

See our most recent post Artificial Wombs and Choosing and Alternative Gestation 


Project News   

Upcoming Panel

Later this year, members of the EDNA Team Christina Weis, Nicky Hudson and Katie Coveney will be presenting their paper “Bodily gifts, reproductive ‘cures’ and sisterhood: the framing of egg donation within a changing fertility landscape” as part of the panel “Bodies in donation: Institutions, ethics and the everyday”; Stream: Medicine, Health & Illness; at the BSA Annual Conference 2020: Reimagining Social Bodies: Self, Institutions and Societies; at Aston University in Birmingham.

Radio Interview

On Wednesday 25th September, Prof Nicky Hudson joined egg donor, Anupa Roper on BBC Radio Leiecster's Breakfast Show to discuss the EDNA Study. Available in catch up here at about 2hrs and 10mins


The EDNA Study

Check out the latest entry at our EDNA (Egg donation in the UK, Belgium and Spain: an interdisciplinary study) Project Blog, available here, from The Centre for Reproduction Research.

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