Centre Director

Professor Nicky Hudson
Professor of Medical Sociology

T: +44 (0)116 207 8766

  • Sociology of reproduction (infertility, assisted reproductive technologies, gamete donation and freezing, surrogacy and cross border reproduction)

  • Sociology of medicine

  • Qualitative research methods

 Nicky Hudson
Deputy Director

Dr Cathy Herbrand

Reader in Sociology

T: +44 (0)116 250 6422

  • Reproductive technologies (mitochondrial replacement techniques, egg donation, non-invasive prenatal testing, cross-border surrogacy)

  • Gay and lesbian parenthood

  • Genetics and biomedicine

Cathy Herbrand 

Professor Emeritus


Prof Lorraine Culley
Emeritus Professor of Social Science and Health

T: +44 (0)116 257 7753


  • Diversity, health and healthcare (gender and ethnicity)

  • Social aspects of infertility and reproductive technologies

  • Endometriosis


Researchers and Lecturers


Dr Kylie Baldwin
Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Health Studies

T: +44 (0)116 257 7735


  • Sociology of health, illness and medicine
  • Fertility and reproductive ageing
  • Social egg freezing and assisted reproductive technologies 



Dr Rowena Doughty
Senior Lecturer in Midwifery

T: +44 (0)116 207 8757



  • Midwifery led care

  • Antenatal Care

  • Obesity


Dr Kriss Fearon

Research Assistant


  • Reproductive choices for women and girls with Turner’s Syndrome, their parents and partners
  • Egg, ovary and ovarian tissue freezing for medical reason, and mother-to-daughter egg donation
  • Reproductive decision making and the perception of risk in pregnancy following fertility treatment



Dr Douglas Gray

Senior Lecturer in Reproductive Sciences

T: +44 (0)116 257 7658





  • Reproductive technologies (including gene editing and mitochondrial donation)
  • Reproductive toxicology
  • Quality, ethics, policy and regulation 

Bernadette Gregory
Senior Lecturer in Midwifery

T: +44 (0)116 257 7847

  • Parents with disabilities

  • Equality and diversity issues

  • Social policy and how it affects women and families


Dr Esmee Hanna

Associative professor/reader in Health and Wellbeing in Society

T: +44 (0)116 257 7119


    • Sociology of health and gender
    • Men's experience of reproduction and fatherhood
    • Male infertility
 Dr Esmee Hanna

Dr Tina Harris

Associate Professor/Senior Clinical Lead in Midwifery for the national maternity and perinatal audit

T: +44 (0)116 257 7804

  • Midwifery practice

  • Practice variation and clinical decision making in clinical care

  • Maternal and perinatal audits

Tina Harris 

Dr Zara Hooley
Senior Lecturer in Academic Writing

T: +44 (0)116 207 8182

  • Sociology of the family
  • LGBTQ+ parenting and adoption
  • Friendship and social networks
 Zara Hooley


Caroline Law

Research Fellow/Part-time PhD Student

T: +44 (0)116 250 6124



  • Sociology of health, illness and medicine, chronic illness

  • Infertility, reproduction, men and reproductive timings

  • Endometriosis

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Dr Ying Liu

Lecturer in Psychology

T: +44 (0)116 366 4679



  •  The experience of sibling abortion under China's One-Child Policy
  • Writing as inquiry and autoethnography
  • Narrative incoherence



Sasha Loyal

Research Fellow/ Part-time PhD Student

T: +44 (0)116 201 3896


  • Reproductive timing, infertility and perceptions of ageing and childbearing
  • Gender differences, ethnicity and religion
  • Fertility trends 



Dr Helene Mitchell
Senior Lecturer in Psychology

T: +44 (0)116 257 7722

  • Women’s health and musculoskeletal conditions

  • Psychology of chronic illness

  • Illness cognitions, expectations, experiences and self-management of illnesses

Helen Mitchell 

Dr Wendy Norton
VC2020 Senior Lecturer in Health and Social Care (Sexual Health)/Part-time PhD Student

T: +44 (0)116 201 3810

  • Women’s health care, gynaecology, infertility and assisted reproduction

  • Sexuality

  • Contraception, sexual health and HIV

 Wendy Norton


Jessica Turner

Research Assistant/Part-time MRes Student

T: +44 (0)116 207 8306



  • Sociology of health and illness, chronic illness, women's health and reproduction
  • Digital sociology
  • Qualitative research methods

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Dr Christina Weis
Research Fellow

T: +44 (0)116 250 6576


  • Medical anthropology, reproduction research and social aspects of infertility

  • Ethnographic research

  • Feminist methodology




Dr Amanda Wilson

Lecturer in Psychology

T: 0116 2078 815



  • Marginalisation and health
  • Men and family planning
  • Discourse analysis

Full-time PhD Students

Victoria Lang

Part-time PhD Research Student

  • Infertility
  • Assisted Reproductive Technologies
  • Reproductive immunology 
  • IVF Add-ons

Sumaira Rashid

PhD Research Student


  • Medical anthropology (infertility, menopause, population control and body politics)
  • Women’s health and reproduction 


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