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Dr Robert Pralat

Dr Robert Pralat

Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow

LGBT health; sexual and reproductive health


Biography:

Dr Robert Pralat is Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow in the Department of Sociology and a member of the Reproductive Sociology Research Group (ReproSoc). He is Medical Sociology Subject Manager on the MPhil in Health, Medicine and Society. 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).

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 (currently Traverse), a London-based research organisation, and in the Centre for Sexual Health and HIV Research at University College London. Prior to that, while completing his MA, he worked for a health communications company Luto in West Yorkshire.

Departments

Sociology:
Sexuality, health, family and gender

Research Interests

Robert’s research concerns the changing relationship between sexuality and reproduction. 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. 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.