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Leah Gilman

Wellcome Trust Research Fellow, University of Sheffield

Leah is currently Wellcome Trust Research Fellow in the Department of Sociological Studies at the University of Sheffield. In my current work, and previous postdoctoral and doctoral projects, Her research explores how people negotiate family and reproductive relationships in the context of social, legal and technological change. She has been researching donor conception for over ten years, analysing the impact of the move to identity-release donation in the UK and the rise of DNA testing websites, before beginning the Digital DC study. Leah is co-author of the book Donors: Curious Connections in Donor Conception, as well as numerous articles, blogs, films and other resources.


  • 2023–present
    Wellcome Trust Research Fellow, University of Sheffield
  • 2022–2023
    Research Fellow, University of Manchester
  • 2021–2022
    Research Fellow, University of Liverpool
  • 2017–2021
    Research Associate, University of Manchester
  • 2016–2016
    Social Researcher, ScotCen


  • 2017 
    The University of Edinburgh, PhD Science and Technology Studies
  • 2012 
    The University of Edinburgh, MSc Science and Technology Studies
  • 2007 
    The University of Edinburgh, PGDE Primary Education
  • 2006 
    The University of Edinburgh, MA (hons) Sociology

Grants and Contracts

  • 2023
    Mediating Reproduction: Informal Donor Conception in the Digital Age
    Funding Source:
    Wellcome Trust

Professional Memberships

  • British Sociological Association