I started my PhD with ReproSoc and the University of Cambridge in October 2017 under the continued supervision of Professor Sarah Franklin. My PhD research is currently titled ‘An exploration into the potential reproductive future with genetic editing in the United Kingdom’. My research focuses on the genetic editing technique CRISPR-Cas9 and will pull on ethics, legislation, and social constructions to build a deeper insight to the potential scope of reproductive possibilities.

My research will be conducted in three phases. The first phase of research will focus on collating a broad range of lay understandings of genetic editing through a qualitative survey. Following analysis of the survey data, the second phase of research will draw upon the findings from phase one’s data to guide interviews with professionals and academics in the field of (and related to) genetic editing. Equip with knowledge and understanding from the second phase of research, the third phase of data collection will concentrate on interviewing individuals with a genetic disease.

The survey is planned to be ready for March 2018 at the very latest, with the analysis being complete by August 2018. Interviews with professionals are planned to begin late October 2018, and interviews with individuals who have a genetic disease in February 2019. I envisage data collection will be completed by the end of April 2019.

Due to the highly contemporary nature of my research, international developments with genetic editing on human embryos will undoubtedly influence the scope of genetic editing in the United Kingdom. I have been awarded a full ESRC Studentship and an Honorary Vice Chancellor Award for my PhD research because of its interdisciplinary approach and appeal.

Chronic Chronicles

The chronicles document my rollercoaster of living with a degenerative spinal condition called Klippel Feil Syndrome, which were originally on a site elsewhere. Starting from how and when I received my diagnosis in May 2013 whilst preparing to start my BA (Hons) Sociology degree, the chronicles progress to detailing what I had to balance whilst doing my BA. I draw the chronicles to an end on account of being promoted to annual reviews with my spinal consultant in July 2017.