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Lucy van de Wiel joins the Alan Turing Institute

last modified Dec 05, 2018 02:52 PM

Lucy van de Wiel has joined the Alan Turing Institute for data science as a Turing Fellow. Alongside her work at ReproSoc, she will spend a portion of her time at the Turing Institute at the British Library, London. This affiliation will benefit her new research project on the datafication of reproduction, which deals with the intersection of data technologies and reproductive technologies. This research explores how reproductive decisions such as which embryo to implant in the womb are increasingly made in conjunction with data technologies and the large data sets they generate. It is primarily concerned with data-driven embryo selection technologies, such as time-lapse embryo imaging and pre-implantation genetic screening. The project both considers the role of these technologies in patients' and medical professionals' treatment experiences and characterises the broader political-economic and socio-cultural drivers of their emergence in contemporary IVF.

The Reproductive Sociology Research Group supports research and teaching on the social and cultural implications of new reproductive technologies. ReproSoc is based within the Department of Sociology and is part of an expanding concentration of Reproductive Studies at Cambridge, is led by Professor Sarah Franklin and has funding from the Wellcome Trust, British Academy, ESRC, ERC, and Office of the Vice Chancellor, as well as several other funding bodies.

 

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