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Dr Sayani Mitra

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I am a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences working on the ESRC funded ‘Children Caring on the Move’ (CCoM) project with Dr. Sarah Crafter and Dr. Rachel Rosen (UCL).

I have previously worked as a Postdoctoral Research Associate on a Wellcome Trust funded project titled 'Global Perspective on the governance of Assisted Reproductive Technologies' at the University of Liverpool and on the OPARA Project (Organised patient participation in healthcare) at the Institute of Medical Ethics and History of Medicine, Goettingen, Germany. I have also taught at the Anthropology Department of Durham University.

I am a sociologist working in the areas of social studies of assisted reproductive technologies, political economy, migration and mobility, care, reproductive ethics, qualitative research, comparative research and South Asian Studies. I earned my PhD from the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Göttingen, Germany. I was awarded the DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst) PhD. fellowship (2013-17) to carry out this doctoral research. My PhD. thesis titled ‘Disruptive embodiments: a study of risks and failures during commercial surrogacy in India' examined the seldom discussed aspects of risks and disruptions during commercial surrogacy practices in India. This thesis was awarded the best PhD thesis prize for the year 2017 by the University of Goettingen.

I am the co-editor of a book titled ‘Cross-Cultural Comparisons on Surrogacy and Egg Donation: Interdisciplinary perspectives from India, Germany and Israel (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018).

Research interests

I have worked in the areas of assisted reproductive technologies, political economy, global health, care ethics, reproductive ethics, qualitative research, ethnography, comparative research and South Asian Studies. Recently, I have started working in the field of migration studies- particularly on the cultural and political economy of migration, care relationships and social reproduction.