First blog

Knowledge matters! The research academics do is important. They are constantly providing insights that can make a difference to people’s lives. But far too often those insights don’t make it out of academia, being buried in obscure research journals, written in incomprehensible language, or misrepresented by the media. The aim of Matters of Reproduction is to provide a platform for researchers interested in sex, reproduction, parenting, and family dynamics to translate their findings, to tell people why their work really matters!

I have often found my self in conversations with academics bemoaning the fact that their research could make a difference to peoples lives if only more people knew about it! Because of the research that I do, these conversations have typically been with evolutionary anthropologists who passionately believe that their work should be informing public discourse, changing public health policies, and altering the ways we view the causes and consequences of inequality. That research more often than not doesn’t seem to reach its full impact potential (to borrow jargon from funding bodies) is not, from what I can gather, due to a lack of agreement from people outside of academia. I came up with the idea for this site after reflecting on the fact that when I talk about the research my colleagues and I do with non-academic friends, and other poor souls who have the misfortune to ask, they seem genuinely interested and on board with the idea that it is important and empowering. And so here is my own humble stab at getting the word out there…

The aim is to feature short blog posts highlighting new research on all things reproduction related. The posts will describe the findings and explain what they mean in comprehensible terms, but more importantly will give researchers the chance to state why their works matters, why we should care, and what difference their findings could make to the world. And of course, for those who want to read more, there will be a link to the original research publication. I shall obviously be featuring my own research, but I’d really like it if other researchers would contribute too, because who better to ensure that the real message isn’t lost!

So if you’re interested watch this space (and in the meantime follow me on Twitter!)…

 

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