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MPhil in Health, Medicine and Society


Leverhulme Early Career Fellow



Dr Robert Pralat is Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in the Department of Sociology and a member of the Reproductive Sociology Research Group (ReproSoc). He studies how cultural changes and advances in medicine shape people’s views about parenthood, with a particular focus on sexual minorities and men living with HIV. Robert’s recent research also examines the role of desire in people’s engagement with health technologies.

Robert is the 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 the sociology of health and illness (SOC13).

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.

Dr Robert Pralat on the Sociology Department website


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 driving force behind the demand for medical interventions. He is an experienced interviewer and uses qualitative research methods.

Robert Pralat


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