PhD Studentship - Social Aspects of Infertility and Assisted Reproductive Technologies

De Montfort University -Reproduction Research Group, Faculty of Health and Life Science

Starting October 2013

Applications are invited for a PhD candidate to work with the Reproduction Research Group at De Montfort University. Academic staff and PhD students aligned with the group are drawn from sociology, psychology, nursing and midwifery and are based in the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences. Current members of the group have a range of research interests relating to reproductive health including: infertility and assisted conception; sexuality and reproduction; the management of labour; maternity services and disability; obesity and pregnancy, and men, masculinity and parenthood. Professor Culley and Dr Hudson have held research grants from national funders such as the NIHR and the ESRC, undertaking qualitative sociological investigations of infertility, gamete donation and endometriosis. Current projects include a focus on: heterosexual couples' experiences of living with endometriosis; gay men, surrogacy and fatherhood; and women's experiences of social egg freezing. Recent activities include an international symposium on men and in/fertilities with contributors from the UK, Belgium and Germany. The Reproduction Research group has a regular seminar series and the successful candidate would be expected to participate in this and other group activities.

We wish to add to the group's work on social aspects of infertility and assisted reproductive technologies (ARTs) specifically and invite applications to carry out a PhD project on this issue. Potential projects may include: men's experiences of ARTs; surrogacy; egg and sperm donation; sociological studies of infertility treatment from the patient or provider perspective; experiences of living post-IVF. However, applicants may propose alternative topics, within the broad remit of applying social scientific understanding to ARTs. The studentship builds on existing sociological work on ARTs carried out by Dr Nicky Hudson and Professor Lorraine Culley. For more information about the proposed project please contact Dr Hudson

This research opportunity builds on our excellent past achievements and looking forward to REF2014 and beyond. It will develop the university's research capacity into new and evolving areas of study, enhancing DMU's national and international research partnerships.

Applications are invited from UK or EU students with a good first degree (First, 2:1 or equivalent) in a relevant social science subject. Doctoral scholarships are available for up to three years full-time study starting October 2013 and provide a bursary of £13,770pa in addition to university tuition fees.

To download an application pack, please visit the Graduate School Office website Completed applications should be returned to
Please quote ref: DMU Research Scholarships 2013 HLS FB1
Closing Date: Friday 15th March 2013
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