Sexual and reproductive health is often regarded as a very personal and private matter. However, sometimes this means that talking about sex and reproduction is considered taboo, leading to unmet need and wider consequences for individuals, family welfare and the health of future generations. Interdisciplinary research on sexual and reproductive health at The Open University focuses on the rights of individuals to a satisfying and safe sex life, the capability to have children and the freedom to decide if, when and how often to do so. Through a commitment to inclusive research that connects theory with policy and practice, research within this theme theorises the sexual and reproductive lives of under-researched and often marginalised groups.
This project, funded by the NIHR Health Technologies Assessment Programme, explored pre-conception care for women with pre-existing Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes in white British and Pakistani communities.
This interdisciplinary project evaluated the use of fertility apps as contraception.
The Open University Sexuality Alliance is a multi-disciplinary, multi-professional and multi-sectoral organisation set up to champion the sexual rights of young people and adults with life-limiting conditions. In a project funded by the charity Together for Short Lives, and in collaboration with Hospice UK, the Sexuality Alliance has carried out research exploring the significance of sex, intimacy and reproduction in the lives of young adults with shortened lives.
Funded by Open Society Foundations this project focused on how women with learning disabilities are involved in making decisions about their contraceptive needs.
If you are interested in interdisciplinary research on sexual and reproductive rights at The Open University or would like to get involved in our work please contact Sarah Earle.
While breastfeeding appears to be primarily an embodied, physical, biological act, a comprehensive study on breastfeeding needs to consider women’s experience around the world from a behavioural, social, cultural and anthropological perspective. Women have different breastfeeding journeys due to their geographical location, the social, financial, medical and health care support they receive, and the cultural and educational context of their situations. Commercial interests play a part in the promotion of particular approaches to infant feeding and there have been different trends to breastfeeding across time and place.
In promoting breastfeeding as the best option for infants, contemporary culture often equates good mothering with breastfeeding but is there in place an effective, well-financed system in place for the emotional and physical support of new mothers who are breastfeeding?
To celebrate UN breastfeeding week and raise awareness of new mothers’ well-being, Frontiers is launching a new series to gather multi-disciplinary insights into women’s international experiences of breastfeeding in a world in which there are stark divisions in the choices available to women in the global south and the global north. In order to address these questions in a cross-disciplinary way, we welcome submissions from the fields of sociology, gender studies, social policy, social psychology, education, media and communication.
Topics we would like to explore include:
Deadline for abstracts is 10th December 2021.