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Professor Sarah Franklin

Professor in the Department of Sociology


Office Phone: 01223 334527


University Professor of Sociology

Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator

Director of LGBTQ+@Cam and the Reproductive Sociology Research Group (ReproSoc)

Fellow at Christ's College

Chair of the Anne McLaren Trust



Christ's College


Franklin has helped to establish several new fields in the social sciences including the 'new kinship studies', the social study of new reproductive technologies, and the cultural analysis of bioscience, biomedicine and biotechnology. She has had research funding from numerous bodies including the Wellcome Trust, ERC, ESRC, MRC, British Academy, Philomathia Foundation, Wenner Gren Foundation, Carnegie Foundation and Mellon Foundation, among others. Franklin's current research concerns the early history of UK IVF and she has worked closely with colleagues in the history of science as well as reproductive biology to develop new interdisciplinary approaches to the study of the intersection between reproduction and technology. Through her work on IVF, Franklin has developed new theories of both biology and technology, focussing on the use of biological tools, and the relativization of the category 'biological'. This model, of biological relativity, is the subject of her most recent book and builds on her previous introduction of the terms 'transbiology', 'embodied progress', and 'hope technologies'.


SOC4: Concepts and arguments in Sociology

SOC6: Advanced social theory

SOC10: Gender

Sociology of Gender, Reproduction and Kinship, Science and Technology Studies, Biomedicine, Biotechnology and Bioscience.

Welcome to Q+

lgbtQ+@​cam is an initiative launched in 2018 to promote interdisciplinary research, outreach and network building related to queer, trans and sexuality studies at the University of Cambridge.

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