Visiting the Centre for Reproduction Research

The Centre for Reproduction Research (CRR) welcomes visits from other researchers for a stay of a few weeks to several months. We are happy to consider applications from researchers (including doctoral students) working in our key research areas.

A research visit to the Centre offers a great opportunity to develop interests and exchange ideas, as well as to extend your network as part of a dynamic, interdisciplinary research group focused on cutting-edge topics.  Visitors who wish to spend time with the group are asked to commit time in residence and to attend regular events and seminars organised by our research group.

If you are interested, please contact the Centre on, with your academic CV, a short outline of your research interests and your reasons for wanting to visit the Centre at DMU.



The Centre has recently hosted a number of visitors:

Dr. Anne-Kristin Kuhnt (@akkuhnt) - Visiting Researcher, Wednesday 12 February - Tuesday 25 February 2020

Anne-Kristin Kuhnt is a demographer and sociologist in the Working Group of Prof. Dr. Anja Steinbach at the University of Duisburg-Essen in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. As a demographer, her research areas extend in particular to the areas of fertility and migration. The current research interests of Anne-Kristin are in family sociology, fertility, and reproductive medicine, but also on migration and integration research. Anne-Kristin studied at the University of Rostock (Germany) and Lund University (Sweden). Moreover, she completed her Ph.D. about the “Fertility Desires Across the Life Course - analyses based on the German Family Panel” at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Rostock (Germany) in the “Economic and Social Demography” Research Group headed by Prof. Dr. Michaela Kreyenfeld.

For more information about Anne-Kristin, visit her professional website or her Research Gate Profile.

Anne-Kristin says:

“It was very inspiring to spend two weeks visiting the CRR to work on my research proposal about the direct and indirect costs of the utilization of reproductive medicine. I learned a lot from your qualitative perspective on health research and reproduction. A special thanks to the proficient and absolutely supportive team of Nicky Hudson!”


Professor Helen Allan - Visitng Researcher, 16 - 18 January, 13 - 14 February, 13 - 14 March 2019

Helen Allan is a Professor of Nursing at Middlesex University, London, UK. She registered as a nurse in 1979, working for 13 years in acute care. After a BSc Sociology at the London School of Economics, London University, Helen trained as a nurse teacher and taught social sciences and nursing at Bloomsbury College of Nursing & Midwifery and then at the Royal College of Nursing Institute. Helen completed her PhD in Nursing part time at Manchester University in 2000. She worked with Professor Pam Smith at the University of Surrey in the Centre for Research in Nursing and Midwifery Education. Helen has held Chairs at the Universities of Surrey, York and since 2014 at Middlesex University. Helen uses feminist research methodologies, qualitative and mixed methods and action research. Her research and practice interests include nursing education, practice learning, health care organizations and reproductive technologies, women’s health and midwifery.

Helen says:

"My visit was a chance to reconnect with social science perspectives on ARTs and develop a paper from some work I and Lorraine Culley, Olga van den Akker and Ginny Mounce have been doing on the experiences of infertile couples as they transition to parenthood after non-donor IVF. I attended reading groups, gave a paper to a reading group and was able to have time to read and reflect; something I don’t get enough of at work!"


Associate Professor Christa Craven - Visiting Researcher, Wednesday 6 June - Wednesday 20 June 2018

Christa Craven is an Associate Professor of Anthropology and Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies (Chair 2012-17) at the College of Wooster in Ohio, USA. Craven’s research interests include reproductive health, feminist ethnography, lesbian/gay/bi/trans/queer reproduction, reproductive justice, and activist scholarship. Her publications include a textbook with Dána-Ain Davis, Feminist Ethnography: Thinking Through Methodologies, Challenges & Possibilities (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016), an edited collection, also with Davis, Feminist Activist Ethnography: Counterpoints to Neoliberalism in North America (Lexington Books, 2013) and a monograph, Pushing for Midwives: Homebirth Mothers and the Reproductive Rights Movement (Temple University Press, 2010).  She is currently working on LGBTQ Parents and Reproductive Loss: Between Sorrow and Hope (Routledge, “Gender and Sexualities in Psychology” Book Series, Elizabeth Peel and Elizabeth Stokoe, eds., antic. 2019), which includes a Companion Website aimed at LGBTQ parents. Craven is the past co-chair of the Society of Lesbian and Gay Anthropologists (2004-2005; now the Association for Queer Anthropology).  Her professional website is:

Christa says:

“It was a true pleasure to spend two weeks visiting CRR to work on my book about LGBTQ experiences with reproductive loss.  My visit provided the perfect combination of interactions with engaged and engaging colleagues, stimulating conversation from my Seminar Series presentation, and quiet spots to work and write—including local Leicester coffee shops, gorgeous nearby parks, and a medicinal herb garden that has been in operation since the 1600s, quite literally just around the corner from the Centre!  I came away with a full draft of my book and full of ideas for future collaborations.  Many thanks to the Centre’s fantastic team, especially Drs. Cathy Herbrand, Christina Weis, and Nicky Hudson!”



Michiel De Proost - Visiting PhD Student, Monday 22nd January – Friday 28 January 2018.

Michiel De Proost is a doctoral fellow at RHEA (Centre of Expertise Gender, Diversity and Intersectionality) in the faculty of History, Archaeology, Arts, Philosophy and Ethics at the Free University of Brussels. His research interests are in the area of assisted reproductive technologies, particularly social egg freezing and feminist bioethics.

Michiel says:

“My one week visit was a an inspiring and great experience. I had the opportunity to participate in a seminar and learned a lot from the different talks that I had with the centre members. I am really thankful for the help and critical input they gave for my ongoing research. The strength of this centre is definitely the interdisciplinary character and methodological expertise they have with different topics in health research and reproduction. Beside this there was also a very positive work vibe which made my stay very pleasant and fruitful.”


Dr Alana Cattapan - Visiting Researcher, Monday 28 November - Friday 16 December 2016.

Alana Cattapan is a  CIHR postdoctoral fellow at Novel Tech Ethics in the Faculty of Medicine at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. She received her doctorate in Political Science from York University, focusing on Canadian politics, gender, reproductive health, and public policy. A longtime feminist researcher and activist, she studies women’s participation in health policy making, identifying links between the state, the commercialization of the body, biotechnologies, and reproductive labour. Her postdoctoral research examines the role of patient groups in policy processes related to the funding of in vitro fertilization.

Alana says:

"I had a wonderful time working with the RRG in December 2016. My stay was designed around revisions to existing work, but I also had the opportunity to give a seminar on a new project, receiving very helpful feedback from the team that has helped me prepare the related article for publication. I also participated some of the RRG's scheduled events, and reading and writing groups, which gave me the chance to see the extraordinary work that the team members (and their friends and colleagues) are currently doing. In addition to the strong intellectual environment and the academic opportunities that the RRG provides, it was simply a supportive, friendly, and welcoming environment. The faculty, graduate students, and staff are  lovely--they made me feel at home from the first day. I couldn't have asked for more in a stay as a visiting researcher".


Dr Esmée Hanna - Visiting Researcher, Wednesday 1 June – Friday 10 June 2016.

Esmée is a sociologist and qualitative researcher. She works in the Centre for Men’s Health at Leeds Beckett University. Her research interests converge around families, fatherhood and men’s emotional wellbeing, and has conducted research into men’s experiences of infertility and the value of group support for men who are fathers, including young men.

Esmee says:

“Thank you so much for the opportunity to visit the Reproduction Research Group in June, I had a wonderful visit and found the group so welcoming and supportive. Visiting the group was a great chance to find out more about the work of the RRG, but also to share my interests and to forge common links between our universities. I was able to present my research at a seminar whilst on my visit and found it really helpful to present my ideas to such a supportive group but also gained a lot from the conversations and questions which emerged from the seminar. The staff at the RRG were fantastic, and I know that the visit is just the start of some wonderful collaborations in the future. On a personal note, the time at the visit was both inspiring, productive and a lot of fun- it was definitely an experience I would repeat in a heartbeat”.


Johanna Kostenzer - Visiting PhD Student, Tuesday 3 May – Friday 10 June 2016.

Johanna is a PhD Candidate in Political Science at University of Innsbruck, focusing her research on "Prenatal Sex Selection and the International Agenda". She has a background in International Health Care Management, studied in Innsbruck, Oslo and Charleston, and was a visiting PhD researcher at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm. Johanna currently works as lecturer and research assistant in the department of International Health and Social Management at Management Center Innsbruck, Austria.

Johanna says:

"My six-week research visit at DMU was a great experience and the perfect opportunity to discuss my project and other current topics in reproductive health with members of the RRG. I had the opportunity to attend a number of workshops, seminars and a conference and I could learn from the group's interdisciplinary expertise. The excellent
organization, positive working atmosphere, and the warm welcome made my visit perfect!"


Dr Andri Christoforou - Visiting Researcher, Tuesday 26 – Wednesday 27 January 2016.

Andri achieved her PhD in 2015 from the Centre for Women’s Studies, University of York (UK) and currently works as a Research Officer at European University Cyprus. Her research broadly focuses on gender, reproduction, and health. Her doctoral dissertation, “Menstruation, Menopause, and ‘Being a Woman’: Greek Cypriot Women Talk about their Experiences,” examined the diverse meanings Greek Cypriot women of different generations attribute to the embodied experiences of menstruation and menopause.  The study was interdisciplinary in nature, drawing on theoretical concepts from the sociology of health and illness, the sociology of the body, and feminist scholarship.

Andri says:

"It was a pleasure meeting many of the group’s researchers, hearing about their work, exchanging ideas on issues of common interest, and discussing the potential for a post-doc proposal involving RRG researchers. Overall, the group’s diversity, interdisciplinarity, and experience assisted me in sharpening and contextualizing my own research agenda. Many thanks to the Group and especially Dr Nicky Hudson for the coordination of the visit, the warm welcome, and the interest in my work. This is definitely a ‘must’ visit for anyone working in the area of human reproduction".


Bruna Alvarez - Visiting PhD Student, 1 August 2015 – 30 January 2016.

Bruna graduated in history from the Universitat de Barcelona in 2000, and worked for almost ten years as an archaeologist. In 2011 she graduated with honors in Social and Cultural Anthropology from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, and in 2012 she earned an MSC in Ethnographic Research, Anthropological Theory and Intercultural Relations. Bruna started her PhD in 2013 with a fellowship from the Spanish Government, and is conducting research on the politics of motherhood in Spain.

Bruna says:

"It has been a pleasure to be part of RRG, and it has been a great opportunity for my academic career, including participation in group activities such as the reading and writing groups and seminars. During my time here I delivered a seminar about reproductive decisions in Spain, and had a paper discussed in one of the writing groups, I would like to thank the RRG and especially Dr Nicky Hudson for welcoming me to a new city and for this great opportunity".



















































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