Members of the Centre for Reproduction Research (CRR) have led or collaborated on the following current and past projects:


  • Men’s experiences of pregnancy after fertility treatment (2020).  The aim of this study is to explore  how fertility treatment might have affected men's experience of pregnancy, including how they felt during the pregnancy, what they decided to tell people about the pregnancy, and what support (if any)they might have found useful during and afterwards. The study is led by Dr Esmée Hanna, De Montfort University.


  • Heterosexual partnered men’s experiences of becoming fathers through surrogacy (2019). This exploratory, qualitative study, based on an interpretivist epistemology, explores how heterosexual partnered men, who are fathers or are becoming fathers via surrogacy, experience their transition to fatherhood , their involvement in the pregnancy, how expectant fathers perceive and navigate the relationship with their surrogate, and the impact of this relationship on the father’s relationship with his intimate partner. This study is led by Dr Christina Weis and Dr Wendy Norton, De Montfort University, and is funded by DMU Health and Life Sciences Research Development Fund.


  • Global perspectives on governing assisted reproductive technologies (2019 - 2019). The aim of this study is to bring together a group of people to develop new approaches for the effective regulation and oversight of the rapidly expanding global market in ARTs, and to scope for future international policy engagement that will enable dynamic discussions of new regulatory approaches, emphasising the growing use of ARTs in LMIC. Thsi study is led by Dr Lucy Frith, University of Liverpool and the study team includes Professor Nicky Hudson, De Montfort University. The research is funded by the Wellcome Trust Small Grant Project scheme.



  • Understanding Klinefelters Syndrome: genetics, gender and reproduction (2017 - 2018). This research aims to bring together an interdisciplinary group to develop a high quality funding application for the ESRC or Wellcome Trust which will explore ‘The intersection of gender, infertility and genes: A sociological exploration of Klinefelter Syndrome’.  The group is led by Dr Esmee Hanna, Leeds Beckett University, and the study team includes Prof Nicky Hudson, De Montfort University. The research is funded by the Foundation For Sociology of Health and Illness.


  • Visualising Reproduction in Medical, Social and Historical Contexts: An Interdisciplinary Inquiry (2017 - 2018).  The aim of this research is to host a one day conference, led by Beatriz Pichel and Prof Nicky Hudson, De Montfort University.  The conference will bring together an interdisciplinary group to explore the social and scientific impact of the making and circulation of both biomedical and lay images of reproduction in contemporary and historical contexts, and inform future funding applications.  The research is funded by De Montfort University's Revolving Investment Fund.







  • The Surviving Crying study (2014-2016). This research project is the first step in developing and evaluating evidence-based NHS services to support parents whose babies cry excessively. The research team are working in collaboration with parents who have had excessively crying babies, Health Visitors across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, and a number of other partner organisations.  It is funded by the National Institute for Health Research.





  • Creating midwifery specific open educational resource materials (2011-2012). The study was led by Bernadette Gregory and Jacqui Williams, De Montfort University, and funded by Jisc.


  • Breast feeding baby ‘on the go’ (2011-2012). Working with De Montfort University’s Mile² project, midwifery staff and students collaborated with mums and parents' groups in Leicester to create a 40 page booklet about breastfeeding with practical advice. The project was led for a period by Dr Tina Harris, De Montfort University, and was funded by De Montfort University’s Mile² project.


  • Exploring the experiences of Deaf women using maternity services (2011). The study is led by Bernadette Gregory, De Montfort University, and funded by De Montfort University.


  • Delivery of Deaf Awareness and Introduction to BSL classes (2010). Within this project Deaf Awareness and Introduction to BSL classes were delivered to De Montfort University students in association with the local Action Deafness organisation. This project was led by Bernadette Gregory, De Montfort University, and Dr Joanna Downes, Action Deafness.




  • Engaging local parents living with a disability (2008). Parent narratives were created and used as educational tools throughout De Montfort University’s Health and Life Sciences Faculty as an online e-learning resource. The study was led by led by Bernadette Gregory, De Montfort University, and funded by the East Midlands Healthcare Workforce Deanery. 



Details of postgraduate research projects can be found here.










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