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Research Team

Manuela Perrotta

I am Principal Investigator for this project and currently a lecturer in Technology and Organisation. I have spent the last ten years investigating the relations between new technology and knowing in biomedical organisations. With this project, I want to explore how biomedical imaging technologies and the development of professional and lay visions are involved in changing conceptions of the body. I believe this is a prime example of the mutual influence between organisations and society.

Josie Hamper

I am a postdoctoral researcher on the project, where I am in charge of recruiting and interviewing IVF patients and partners/family members. I also manage project communications and our blog. I joined in 2017 while completing my PhD in the School of Geography at Queen Mary University of London. My previous research includes a qualitative study of women’s use of fertility monitoring and pregnancy smartphone apps, and a study of first-time mothers’ use of the internet for breastfeeding support.

Giulia Zanini Giulia Zanini

I am a postdoctoral researcher on the Remaking the Human Body project, where I am responsible for the Public Engagement programme. I completed a PhD at the European University Institute (EUI) in 2013 on transnational donor conception travels. I then conducted postdoctoral qualitative research on infertility and assisted reproduction in Southern Europe, on permanent childlessness in Italy and on abortion barriers and travels in Europe. My research interests include reproductive governance, technologies and travels, kinship and gender.


Previous and visiting researchers


Serena Naim 

In 2016 I was a research assistant for the Remaking the Human Body project. I hold a Bachelor Degree in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Bologna (Italy) and a Master of Arts in Science and Technology Studies from York University (Toronto, Canada). My research interests focus on biomedicalization and medical interventions on dissident human bodies.

Anne-Sophie Giraud

I was a postdoctoral researcher for the Remaking the Human Body project in 2017 and I am currently affiliated to the project as a visiting research fellow. I am a researcher at the centre of social anthropology (LISST-CAS) in Toulouse, at the CNRS (National Centre for Scientific Research). I hold a Ph.D. in social anthropology from the EHESS (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales) in Paris. My main research interest deals with the constitution of personhood in the process of engendering, focusing on biotechnologies and embryo selection.

Post Doc Researcher - Remaking the Humanbody Alina Geampana

I was a postdoctoral researcher on the Remaking the Human Body project from 2018-2020, where I investigated professional practices and the use of new technologies in IVF clinics, and I am currently affiliated with the project as an honorary research fellow. I am a lecturer in sociology at Aston University. My research centers on reproduction, technology and medicine. Using empirical qualitative methods, I have studied contraceptive risk assessment, genetic testing practices in fertility clinics, maternal health and, more recently, public views on IVF practices.

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