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Reproduction, sexualities and sexual health

Reproduction, sexualities and
sexual health

Our work in this theme ranges from research into experiences of pregnancy, childbirth and early motherhood, to the experiences of men who pay for sex. Key themes include the relationship between the body, health and identity; masculinities; reproductive decision making and cancer/chronic conditions; contraception and abortion; and the understanding of reproductive and sexual health across the life course. All the research in this theme is underpinned by a commitment to understanding, challenging and improving practice in reproductive and sexual health care.

Qualifications available

PhD, Professional Doctorate.

Fees

For detailed information on current fees visit Research degree Fees.

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent) plus either a masters degree or research methods training at masters level (or equivalent).

Potential research projects

  • Disability, sexuality and reproduction
  • Experiences of reproductive loss (to include abortion, miscarriage, stillbirth and neonatal death)
  • Abortion discourses, decision-making and experiences
  • Infant feeding, reproductive choice and control
  • Sexuality, reproduction and living with long-term conditions
  • Sexuality, reproduction and learning disability
  • Reproductive decision making as a result of cancer or chronic conditions
  • Sex, sexuality and sex work
  • HIV and sexually transmitted infections
  • LGBT health and wellbeing
  • Maternity care, midwifery and reproduction
  • Teenage pregnancy
  • Contraception

Current/recent research projects

  • What role, if any, do club drugs play in negotiation of safer sex practices among MSM?
  • Growing up with HIV
  • Midwives and mothers: reproductive identities and experiences
  • ‘Good Sex’, health outcomes and self-esteem
  • Women with learning disabilities and sexuality
  • Sexuality for people with life-limiting conditions
  • Safe sex, masculinities and MSM
  • Teenage motherhood in Nigeria.

Potential supervisors

Links

Pregnant women
 

Further information

If you have an enquiry specific to this research topic, please contact:

Dr Inma Alvarez, Director of Postgraduate Research Studies
Email: WELS-student-enquiries@open.ac.uk
Phone: +44 (0)1908 655364