The experience and ethics of egg donation: an international workshop

The experience and ethics of egg donation: an international workshop




Within the sociological literature there are surprisingly few empirical accounts of oocyte donation and few empirical studies of donor motivations, donor recruitment, and the practice of egg donor programmes.  

In this project we aimed to bring together key academics and other stakeholders (policy and regulatory agencies) to explore public and professional perceptions of oocyte donation and banking and the motivations and experiences of egg providers.

The Research Team

The project was based at De Montfort University and involved:

Dr Nicky Hudson (PI) – Reader in Medical Sociology and Reproduction Research Group (RRG) Lead, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK.

Professor Lorraine Culley – Independent Consultant and Emeritus Professor of Social Science and Health, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK.

Dr Cathy Herbrand – Research Fellow, RRG, De Montfort University Leicester, UK.

Dr Vincenzo Pavone – Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Public Goods and Policies (IPP), Consejo Superior Investigaciones Cientificas (CSIC), Madrid, Spain.

Professor Guido Pennings – Professor of Ethics and Bio Ethics, Bioethics Institute Ghent (BIG), Ghent University, Gent, Belgium.

Professor Veerle Provoost - Professor of Empirical Research Methods for Ethics and Bioethics, Bioethics Institute Ghent (BIG), Gent University, Belgium.

The Project

A two-day international workshop was held in November 2014 at De Montfort University with representation from a range of stakeholders including: academics, clinical practitioners, counsellors, policy and legal representatives, donors and donor advocacy. 

This project was funded by De Montfort University’s Revolving Investment Fund and the Foundation for Sociology of Health and Illness.


If you would like to find out more about this project please contact:

Dr Nicky Hudson

Reader in Medical Sociology

Faculty Health and Life Sciences

School of Applied Social Sciences

Hawthorn Building,

De Montfort, University,

The Gateway,


LE1 9BH.

Tel: +44 (0)116 207 8766


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