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Sociology Research


Amarpreet graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University with a high first class BA (Hons) in Sociology and was awarded a Programme Leader's Prize for Outstanding Achievement in July 2016. During her undergraduate studies she was involved in several extra-curricular projects surrounding student engagement and presented these at various conferences, in addition to her dissertation at the British Conference for Undergraduate Research.

Amarpreet was awarded a Newton-College Masters Studentship with Murray Edwards college in 2016 for her MPhil, from where she graduated with a High Pass in July 2017. Her MPhil dissertation was entitled 'A factor-finding search based on decision making surrounding PGD in the UK'. The aim of her research was to explore the extent to which attitudes surrounding genetic disease and disability influence reproductive decisions in relation to ethics and biotechnologies.

In continuation from her MPhil, Amarpreet has progressed on to the PhD programme and is now at Christ’s college. Under the continued supervision of Professor Sarah Franklin, her PhD research is focused on human germline genome editing in the United Kingdom in relation to disease and reproduction. Amarpreet’s current research is funded by the ESRC, and she also holds an Honorary Vice Chancellor’s Award from the University.

Research Interests

In addition to her academic research interests in reproduction, genetic editing, and other biotechnologies, Amarpreet’s broader research interests include gender and sexuality, student engagement, and creative learning.


Soc 10: Gender

Soc 13: Health, Medicine, and Society

Social and Ethical Context of Health and Illness

Key Publications - Book Chapters

Kaur A, (2021). Human Germline Genome Editing and Its Tech-Sumptions: , Chapter 7 in Davis-Floyd R (Ed) Birthing Techno-Sapiens: Human-Technology Co-Evolution and the Future of Reproduction. Oxfordshire. Taylor and Francis: Routledge. 

Kaur A, (2020). Empowering Students through Teaching Practices that Enhance Critical Thinking, Chapter 5 in Mawani S and Mukadam (Eds.) Student Empowerment in Higher Education: Reflecting on Teaching Practice and Learner Engagement. Berlin. Logos Verlag. 

Kaur A, 2019. Identifying and Bridging Gaps Through the Student Voice, Chapter 17 in Krcmar K (Ed.) The Inclusivity Gap. Aberdeen. Inspired By Learning.

Key Publications - Journal Articles

Kaur A, (2021). The Rise of Non-Traditional Pregnancies through Assisted Reproductive Technologies. British Journal of Midwifery, Vol 29, Issue 2, pp. 82-88.

Kaur, A. (2020). Could Seeking Human Germline Genome Editing Force Journeys of Transnational Care? Multidisciplinary Journal of Gender Studies, Volume 9, Issue 2, pp.184-209

Key Publications - Other

Kaur A and Border P, (2020). Human Germline Genome Editing. Westminster. Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology.

Kaur A, (2019). The Foundations of a Chronic Academic. The Sociological Review.

Kaur A, (2018). Pushing the Boundaries: Making the Exclusive Inclusive. Chronically Academic.

PhD Supervisor

Research Groups & Affiliations


Newton-College Masters Studentship, University of Cambridge

ESRC DTP Studentship 2017

Honorary Vice Chancellor's Award 2017

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PhD Student, Christ's College
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