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About the Centre

Established in 2019, the Centre for Reproductive Research & Communication (CRRC) at BPAS exists to develop and deliver a research agenda that furthers access to evidence-based reproductive healthcare and choices. Through rigorous multidisciplinary research and impactful communication, the CRRC aims to inform policy, practice, and public discourse. We draw directly on BPAS’ own work as a reproductive health provider to inform our agenda and work in collaboration and through strategic partnerships to achieve our mission. 

As a research team, we have experience of conducting research on abortion, contraception, pregnancy, public health, medical ethics and law, and social sciences in the UK and beyond.

The work of the CRRC is overseen by our Steering Committee

Recent Publications 

Should COVID-specific arrangements for abortion continue? The views of women experiencing abortion in Britain during the pandemic

Read the full article here.

Efficacy of a low-sensitivity urine pregnancy test for identifying ongoing pregnancy after medication abortion at 64 to 70 days of gestation

Read the full article here.

Read the short research briefing here.

Beyond ‘the choice to drink’ in a UK guideline on FASD: the precautionary principle, pregnancy surveillance, and the managed woman

Read the full article here.

Read the short research briefing here.

"It’s a small bit of advice, but actually on the day, made such a difference…": perceptions of quality in abortion care in England and Wales

Read the full article here.

Read the short research briefing here.

News 

  • We are proud to be collaborating with researchers from Open University, Aston University, University of Essex and Abortion Rights on 'Early pregnancy endings and the workplace.' This project aims to positively change women's experiences at work after an early pregnancy ending, including termination and miscarriage. Visit the project webpage to learn more or take part in the survey here
  • We’re excited to announce our event ‘Parenting before Children?' hosted in collaboration with the University of Kent's Centre for Parenting Culture Studies on the 24th May. Find out more and register here.
  • The judges of the inaugural Heather Trickey Essay Prize are delighted to announce that they have chosen a winning essay: Natalie Davies’ Integrating alcohol harm reduction with family planning: a woman-centred alternative to the ‘abstinence-only’ approach for women trying to conceive. Alongside Natalie’s essay, we are also publishing six highly commended submissions which can be read here.
  • Rachel Arkell, Research and Projects Officer, was featured on BBC Radio Humberside recently. She spoke about the recent changes to the NICE Quality Standards on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) which removed the recommendation to transfer information about maternal alcohol consumption onto a child's health record. Listen below:

 

Collaborate with us

If you are a student or a researcher with a project you would like to undertake and looking for a host organisation, do get in touch.

 

We have previously accepted students and fellows from Imperial College London, Kent University, Sussex University, Princeton University, Harvard Law School and Yale Law School.

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Events

Find out about upcoming and past events at the CRRC.

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Research Projects

Read more about our ongoing, completed and collaborative research.

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CRRC Resource Centre

Learn about our research by reading publications and research briefings.

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Awards, grants and prizes

The Heather Trickey Essay Prize

This prize encourages work reflecting the contribution and commitment of Dr Heather Trickey to finding common ground in the field of women’s reproductive health and women’s rights.

By bringing together those of differing perspectives, we’ll develop innovative, practical policy solutions to difficult problems.

 

Peter Huntingford Memorial Prize

BPAS has endowed the Peter Huntingford Memorial Prize to mark the late Professor Peter Huntingford’s contribution to obstetrics and gynaecology. 

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