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Reproduction, Sexualities & Sexual Health Research Group

The Reproduction, Sexualities & Sexual Health Research Group (RSSH) at The Open University

RSSH is an interdisciplinary practice and community-oriented research group working in five key areas: reproductive control, HIV/AIDS, sexuality & disability, the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender (LGBT+) people and pregnancy & childbirth.

We take a critical health studies approach. This means we consider reproduction and sexuality not just in terms of health but also in terms of the intimate, social, political and governmental possibilities afforded by reproductive and sexual health policies and professional practice.

Our past and current funders and collaborators include UK Research Councils (The Economic & Social Research Council and the Medical Research Council), The Wellcome Trust, The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), NHS Trusts, Local Government and a range of other charitable and private sector funders. We work closely with practitioners, policy-makers and communities, often in the co-specification and co-creation of our research. We do this to ensure that our work remains relevant, useful and impactful.

I didn't want an abortion. I needed one.

Latest news

My Body My Life - the Open University led Abortion Story Telling Travelling Exhibition has just finished its London run, moving from the exhibition space in Waterstones to the National Women's TUC Conference. Visit the website for more news and stories