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Sociology Research


Dr Robert Pralat is Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow in the Department of Sociology and a member of the Reproductive Sociology Research Group (ReproSoc). His research combines his interests in sexuality, health, family and gender. He studies how people respond to cultural changes and advances in medicine that enable them to become parents, with a particular focus on sexual minorities and men living with HIV. Robert’s recent research also examines moral judgements about public funding allocation in healthcare.

Robert is Medical Sociology Subject Manager on the multi-disciplinary MPhil in Health, Medicine and Society. He is also actively involved in teaching on the MPhil in Sociology and on the Human, Social and Political Sciences (HSPS) Tripos, where he lectures on the Sociology of Gender (SOC10) and Sociology of Health and Illness (SOC13) papers.

Robert has a BSc in Psychology and an MA in Gender Studies from the University of Leeds, and a PhD in Sociology from the University of Cambridge. Before moving to Cambridge in 2011, he worked for OPM, a London-based research organisation, and in the Centre for Sexual Health and HIV Research at University College London.

Research Interests

Robert’s research concerns the changing relationship between sexuality and reproduction. He has studied how shifting social norms and developments in medical science shape people’s views about having children. More recently, Robert has been interested in the notion of desire (as in sexual desire or the desire to have a child) as a potential driving force behind both the demand for medical interventions and the mobilisation of moral judgements about whether medical interventions should be publicly funded. Robert’s work encompasses both theoretical questions (such as how people imagine their futures) and practical concerns (such as communication between patients and clinicians). He is an experienced interviewer and uses qualitative research methods.


Robert has taught at Cambridge since 2012, lecturing and supervising students in the areas of the sociology of sexuality and social problems in Britain (Human, Social and Political Sciences), the sociology of the family (Psychological and Behavioural Sciences), and the social context of health and illness (Medical Sciences). Since 2017, he has been Medical Sociology Subject Manager on the MPhil in Health, Medicine and Society. 

Key Publications - Book Chapters

Pralat, R. (2016). Between future families and families of origin: Talking about gay parenthood across generations. In S. Pooley and K. Qureshi (eds), Parenthood between generations: Transforming reproductive cultures (pp. 43-64). Oxford: Berghahn Books.

Key Publications - Journal Articles

Grants and Projects

Technologies of Desire, funded by the Leverhulme Trust and the Isaac Newton Trust (2018–2021)

Men's Attitudes to Intimate Life (MAIL), funded by the British HIV Association and the Wellcome Trust (2015-2018)

Research Groups & Affiliations


Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship 2018
British HIV Association Research Award 2014
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Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow
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