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
  • Cross-border reproductive travel
  • Egg and mitochondrial donation
  • Egg freezing
  • Ethnicity, religion and assisted conception
  • Gay and lesbian parenthood
  • Genetic disorders and reproductive technologies
  • Men, infertilities, technologies and fatherhood
  • Pregnancy and childbirth
  • Socio-psychological aspects of endometriosis
  • 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 

If you wish to be put on our mailing list so that you can be advised of future events please contact us here.  


Centre News


Centre for Reproduction Research Seminar Series

You are warmly invited to join the Centre for Reproduction Research for our next seminar on Tuesday 14 May at 12:00, delivered by Dr. Sezin Topçu, French National Research Center (CNRS) and Paris School of Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (Ehess):

‘Caesarean Nation? Techno-birth, Risk and Obstetric Practice in Turkey’

As places are limited, please email CRR@dmu.ac.uk if you wish to attend to secure your place.

Further information is available here.


BSA Human Reproduction Study Group Conference

The Centre for Reproduction Research is excited to share the next BSA Human Reproduction Study Group Conference will be taking place on Wednesday 12th June at De Montfort University, Leicester.

Keynote Speaker - Professor Marcia Inhorn, Department of Anthropology, Yale University: ‘The Quest for Conception: Where Has It Taken Us?’. 

A full programme is available here.

For more information about the event please contact cathy.herbrand@dmu.ac.uk

Registration Fees (incl. lunch, refreshments, wine and canape reception):Student BSA member £35 / Student non-BSA member £45BSA member £40 / Non-BSA member £50

Register Online here.


BSA International Expert Symposium: Comparative and transnational perspectives on technologies of fertility preservation and extension

In collaboration with the Foundation for the Sociology of Health and Illness, and the British Sociological Association Human Reproduction Study Group, the Centre for Reproduction Research is excited to announce an International Expert Symposium will be taking place on Thursday 13th June at De Montfort University, Leicester.

A full programme is available here.

Online booking via the British Sociological Association website will open soon. In the interim expressions of interest in attending can be made via email to kbaldwin@dmu.ac.uk and places can be reserved.  


Winner of the Health & Life Science Doctoral College Thesis Prize 

The Centre for Reproduction Research is excited to announce that Dr Christina Weis, Research Fellow and member of the CRR, is the winner of the Health & Life Science Doctoral College Thesis Prize of 2018 with her feminist ethnography on commercial surrogacy in Russia - "Reproductive Migrations: Surrogacy workers and stratified reproduction in St Petersburg".



The Centre for Reproduction Research are pleased to announce the launch of a new CRR Blog, 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 the recent post by our Centre member Dr Christina Weis on Breaking taboos around female genitalia.


Dr Kylie Baldwin shares her research on social egg freezing live on Sky News and The BBC

On Wednesday, 8th of August, Dr Kylie Baldwin, Senior Lecturer and member of the Centre for Reproduction Research celebrated her birthday as a guest speaker on Sky News, BBC News 24 and BBC Radio Four's 'World at One' sharing details of her DMU research on social egg freezing.

You can catch Kylie's comments here, 36.25 mins in to the programme.


Emerald Studies in Reproduction, Culture and Society

Emerald Publishing's new book series brings together scholars from across the social sciences and humanities who are working in the broad field of human reproduction.

Series Editors:

Petra Nordqvist, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Manchester University

Nicky Hudson, Professor in Medical Sociology, De Montfort University

Further details available here.  


Project News   

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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