NZ is a global leader in the affirmation of sexual and reproductive rights, yet barriers to assisted reproductive technologies remain, particularly for single, poor, LGBTQ+, disabled, Māori and Pacific people, and new migrants.
Funded through Marsden (2019-2021), this research project uses cross-cultural comparative ethnography to explore for the first time the experiences of those unable to access state-funded assisted reproductive technologies, and who are thus rendered socially infertile.
Do you have a story to share about your journey to create a family? Did you need to access assisted reproductive technologies but found that a challenge?
If you’d like to participate in our research we’d love talk to you, especially if you are Māori, Pacific, disabled, single, LGBTQ+ or heterosexual.
We are a team of experienced social science researchers.
Associate Professor Sharyn Davies is an anthropologist and ethnographer who has worked for nearly two decades with Southeast Asian communities on projects around gender and sexuality.
Dr Elizabeth Kerekere (Te Aitanga a Māhaki, Whānau a kai, Ngāti Konohi, Ngāi Tāmanuhuri, Rongawhakaata) is a Māori researcher whose PhD thesis focused on Takatāpui identity, and currently works as a researcher and advocate with Takatāpui and Rainbow Youth.
Lisa Melville’s current PhD research focuses on lesbian and same-sex attracted women couples’ experiences of assisted conception and having children.
Associate Professor Rhonda Shaw is a sociologist who has previously undertaken research on gamete donation and surrogate pregnancy (2003 to 2009), and has worked with Disability Studies scholars and Māori researchers on other projects relating to embodiment and identity.
The study is supported by advisors who will contribute to the project to assist with recruitment, interviewing, and translation. These research assistants are Disability Studies researcher Henrietta Bollinger and Muslim scholar and researcher Dr Nelly Martin.
Edmond is the Pacific Research Assistant in this Marsden Study. Edmond is currently completing a PhD in Public Health from the Auckland University of Technology exploring the Tongan male perceptions and experiences of gambling and problem gambling in New Zealand.