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Dr. Yuliya Hilevych: Curriculum Vitae

              November 2019

                       University of Cambridge

                       mobile: 31 6 44190804


                       Citizenship: Ukraine

                       Residence: the Netherlands (permanent EU resident); the UK (Tier 1: Exceptional Talent Visa)



2016              Ph.D in Sociology, Department of Social Sciences, Wageningen University, the Netherlands

2011              M.A. in Sociology, Department of Sociology, University of Lviv, Ukraine

2010              B.A. in Sociology, Department of Sociology, University of Lviv, Ukraine


2018-            Newton International Fellow (British Academy), Faculty of History, University of Cambridge.

present          Project: ‘Infertile Identities: Discourses, Counselling and Activism in Britain before IVF’.

2017              Researcher (0.6 fte), Policy and Dissemination Group, Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demo­graphic Institute. Project: UNFPA-NIDI Resource Flows 

                      Survey on Family Planning (on the request of the United Nations).

2016              Researcher (0.2 fte), Radboud Group for Historical Demography and Family History, Radboud University, the Netherlands. Project: A national inquiry                          into adoption practices among unmar­ried mothers in the Netherlands, 1956-1984 (on the request of the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice).

2011-            PhD Student (0.8 fte), Wageningen University and Radboud University, the Netherlands

2016              Dissertation: ‘Strong families and declining fertility. Family relations and reproductive careers in Soviet Ukraine’. (defended 02.11.2016)

              Other affiliations

                      Reproductive Sociology Research Group at the University of Cambridge (2018—present)

                      Fertility and Reproduction Study Group at the University of Oxford (2019—present)

                      Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute (2018—present)

                      Radboud Group for Historical Demography and Family History (2016—present)

              Commissions of trust

2019-             Member of the steering committee, Cambridge Reproduction Strategic Research

present           Initiative (SRI), University of Cambridge, UK.

2018-             Convener and founder of “Health, Medicine and Agency” Research Network, Centre for Arts,

present           Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Cambridge.

2018-             Member of ‘Changing (in)fertilities’ International Research Network, Department of

present           Sociology, University of Cambridge.

2019-             Member of ‘Medicine and Catholicism’ International Research Network, Reproductive Health

present          Group, Department of History, University of Leuven, Belgium.

2020-             Convener of a Seminar Series (Hilary Term) ‘Low fertility variations at subnational level: demo-

present           graphic, historical and anthropological perspectives’, Fertility and Reproduction Study Group, University of Oxford 

              Grants & fellowships

2017              Newton International Fellowship, British Academy (success rate 8%)

2017              Rubicon Individual Grant, Netherlands Organisations for Scientific Research (NWO), 

                       (€150.000, declined)

2016              Research grant from for the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice (€70.000), co-applicant


2019              Centre for Research in Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH) Conference Funding,

                      University of Cambridge (£2500)

2018,             CRASSH Funding to Convene a Research Network ’Health, Medicine and Agency’ in 2018-2019,

2019              University of Cambridge (£1500 per year)

2016              Dr Catharine van Tussenbroek Funds Travel Grant (€750)

              Research visits

2019              University of Helsinki, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economic and Social History (funded by the University of Helsinki)

2017              Population Research Institute Väestöliitto, Helsinki, Finland (funded by Väestöliitto)

2017              École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), and French Institute for Demographic Studies (INED), Paris, France (funded by INED)




2018-           University of Cambridge

present         Lecturer and supervisor – Sociology of Gender, 3rd year BA level

                     Supervisor – MPhil Programme ‘Health, medicine and society’.

                     Supervisor – World population, development and environment: comparative history and pol-

                     icy (Pembroke-King’s College Undergraduate Programmes): 3rd year BA level.

                     Mentor: PhD student (Wolfson College).


2019             Yale-NUS College

                    Guest lecturer – History of Sexuality: 2nd year BA level.

2018            University of Carlos III of Madrid

                    Guest lecturer – Demography and population issues: 3rd year BSc level.

2014-           Wageningen University

2015             Tutor – Demography and global population issues: 3rd year BSc level.

                     Guest lecturer – Advances in health and society; Transnational rural gender studies; Gender

                     and diversity in consumer culture: all courses are for 3rd year BSc level.

2013            Radboud University

                    Guest lecturer and examiner – Life course: from present to past: MA level.

2011            University of Lviv

                    Lecturer – History and Theory of Sociology: 1st year BA level.

                    Lecturer – Visual Methods of Analysis: 3rd year BA level.

            Talks and lectures (selected)

                   *BY INVITATION

2019*         ‘Infertility and childlessness before IVF: alternatives and activism in Britain’, Centre for Repro­duction

                    Research, De Montfort University, Leicester

2019           ‘Emergence of infertility grassroots activism and the rise of infertility consciousness’, XI AFIN

                   International Conference “Towards reproductive (in)justice”, University of Granada

2019            ‘Emergence of infertility grassroots activism and the rise of infertility consciousness’, Confer­ence

                   ’Resistance is Fertile: Reproduction, Politics and Resistance’, Goldsmith College, Univer­sity of London

2019 *         ‘Prescribing childlessness: advice on infertility before in-vitro fertilisation in Britain’, Modern

                    Social and Economic History & Policy Seminar, Faculty of History, University of Cambridge

2018            ‘The ART of Conception Before Assisted Reproductive Technologies: Identity, Infertility Coun­selling

                    and Childlessness in Britain’, Remaking Reproduction Conference, University of Cam­bridge

2018 *         ‘Reproduction, relations and paternalism during fertility decline’, Fertility and reproduction

                    seminar series, University of Oxford

2018 *         ‘Hostages of time. Policy, practice and experiences of relinquishment for adoption by unmar­ried

                    mothers in the Netherlands between 1956 and 1984’, Network of Oral History, Huizinga Instituut, Amsterdam

2018            ‘From adoption to abortion. Experiences of teenage pregnancy through the eyes of Dutch birth

                    parents in the post-war decades’, European Social Science History Conference, Belfast

2018 *         ‘Marriage, family relations and paternalism in Ukraine’, Work-in-Progress Seminar, Depart­ment

                     of Social Sciences, University Carlos III de Madrid

2017 *         “‘Planning” Family in Soviet Ukraine’, ESOPP (EHESS-Science Pro-INED) seminar series,

                    École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris

2017 *         ‘Family, relations and reproduction: Individual experiences of Ukraine’s post-war fertility de­cline’,

                    the University of Helsinki

2017 *         ‘Abortion cultures in Soviet Ukraine during the Cold War’, Graduate workshop in gender and

                    sexuality, University of Cambridge

2017            ‘Donor expenditures, UNFPA-NIDI Resource Flows on Family Planning Survey’, International

                    Family Planning Expenditures Tracking Expert Advisory Group Meeting, FP2020 Secretariat,

                    United Nations Foundation, Washington, DC

2017            ‘Meeting the needs: Contraceptive profiles of use and expenditures on family planning in the

                    Global South’, Dutch Demography Day, Utrecht

2016 *         ‘Individual reproductive careers during fertility decline in Ukraine: situating social influences

                     within family systems.’ Summer School of the International Max Planck Research School for Social Anthropology

2016            ‘Exploring persistence of early transition to first parenthood in Ukraine: importance of family

                     relationships.’ European Population Conference, Mainz

2016             'Later, if ever: Family influences on transition to second birth in Ukraine, 1950-1975.’

                     European Social Science History Conference, Valencia

2016            ‘The appearance of a two-child family norm in Europe: a comparative study of Switzerland and

                    Ukraine, 1955-1970.’ Biennial Meeting of the European Society for Historical Demogra­phy, Leuven

2015            ‘Spacing or postponement? Transition to second birth and family influences in Ukraine,

                     Utrecht, the Netherlands: Dutch Day of Demography

2015            ‘Uncovering the persistence of early transition to first parenthood in Ukraine: the importance of

                    family systems,’ Wageningen, the Netherlands: International Workshop ‘The Power of the Family.’

             Organisation and institutional responsibilities

2020              Organiser: Meeting ‘Maternal Mortality in sub-Saharan Africa’, Reproduction Strategic Re­-

                      search Initiative, University of Cambridge

2019              Organiser: Conference ‘Let’s talk about Sex (and Reproduction): Counselling for Reproductive

                      Health in Postwar Europe’, University of Cambridge

2018              Organiser: Session ‘Resistance and Alternatives to Medicalisation of Reproduction’, Society

                      for the Social History of Medicine Conference, University of Liverpool

2018              Organiser: Sessions ‘Child Adoption Practices in the Long 20th Century: Trends and

                      Outcomes’ & ‘Monitoring teenage sexuality in Europe in the second half of the Twentieth

                      century’, Euro­pean Social Science History Conference, Belfast

2017              Chair & Organiser: Session ‘Family Planning Policies’, Dutch Day of Demography, Utrecht

2017              Chair: Sessions ‘Abortion, unborn and counselling’ & ‘Women, health and fertility’, European

                      Association for the History of Medicine and Health, Bucharest

2016              Chair & Discussant: Session ‘State Control and Popular Practices. Perspectives from 20th Cen­tury

                      Northern Europe’, 11th European Social Science                              History Conference, Valencia

2015              Organiser: International Workshop ‘Power of the Family’, Wageningen University

2014,             Convenor: ‘Sociology of Consumption and Households Research Seminars’, Sociology of Con-

2015              sumption and Household Group, Wageningen University

2014              Convenor: ‘Economic, Social and Demographic History Research Seminars’, Department of

                      Economic, Social and Demographic History, Radboud University


2014              Chair & Organiser: Session ‘Individuals’ Reproductive Careers in Modern Europe’, European

                      Social Science History Conference, University of Vienna

2013              Organiser: Sessions ‘Qualitative Approaches to Demographic Behaviour’, Part 1 & Part 2, So­cial

                      Science History Association Annual Meeting, Chicago


                      BOOKS AND SPECIAL ISSUES

(in press)       (with P. Kreager) (eds.), Low Fertilities in the Past and Present: Comparative
                      Studies in Compositional Demography
. Oxford and London: British Academy and Oxford University

2016              Hilevych, Y. ‘Strong Families and Declining Fertility: a Comparative Study of Family

                      Relations and Reproductive Careers in Soviet Ukraine’, Wageningen University, 191 p. ISBN 978-94-6257­938-5 (Open Access)

2015              Hilevych, Y., and MacNamara, T. (Eds.). ‘Qualitative approaches to demographic questions’.

                      Special issue in: The History of the Family 20 (1). Including the Introduction: MacNamara, T., and Hilevych, Y.,

                      ‘ Living in the demos: qualitative approaches to demographic questions’, The History of  the Family 20 (1), p.1-8

                      (Open Access)


2018              Hilevych Y, and Rusterholz C., “‘Two children to make ends meet”’: the ideal family size,

                      parental responsibilities and costs of children on two sides of the Iron Curtain during the post­war fertility decline’,

                      The History of the Family 23 (3), p.408-425 (Open Access)


2016              Hilevych Y. ‘Later, if ever: Family influences on transition from first to second birth in Soviet

                      Ukraine’, Continuity & Change 31(2), p. 275-300


2015              Hilevych, Y., ‘Abortion and gender relationships in Ukraine, 1955–1970’, The History of the Fam­ily 20 (1), p. 86-105


                      BOOK CHAPTERS


2018              Hilevych Y., and Sato C., ‘Popular medical discourses on birth control in the Soviet Union dur­ing

                      the Cold War: Shifting responsibilities and relational values’. In: Ann-Katrin Gembries, Theresia

                      Theuke and Isabel Heinemann (Eds.), Children by Choice? Changing Values, Reproduction and Family 

                      Planning in the 20th Century (De Gruyter: Berlin, Boston), p. 99-122


2018              Hilevych Y., Generations and contexts in the study of continuity and change. The example of fertility declines.

                      In Paul Puschmann & Tim Riswick (Eds.), Building Bridges. Scholars, His­tory and Historical Demography.

                      A Festschrift in Honor of Professor Theo Engelen ( Nijmegen: Valkhof Pers), p.476-490 (Open Access)

2013              Hilevych Y., and Rotering P., ‘Entrance into motherhood and women’s social networks in Ukraine’, 1955-1965,

                      (In Dutch: Moederschap en sociale netwerken in Oekraïne, 1955- 1965), In Matthijs, K., Puschmann, P., Janssens, A.,

                      and Bras, H. (eds.) Gender in/en historische demografie. Historisch-demografisch onderzoek in Vlaanderen en Nederland.

                      Jaarboek 2013, Leuven: Acco

                      POLICY REPORTS: SELECTED

2017              Boomen van den N., Dane J., Hilevych Y., Hoedemaeckers J., Walhout E., Kok, J., Hostages of time. Policy,

                      practice and experiences of relinquishment for adoption by unmarried mothers in the Netherlands between 1956

                      and 1984 (in Dutch with English summary). Scientific report for the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice,

                      WODC-Onderzoek 2707. ISBN 978-94-92380-40-1



2017            UNFPA-NIDI Resource Flow Survey on Family Planning (2015, 2016 financial years)


                    OUTREACH: SELECTED


2019            Hilevych Y., ‘First public cases of surrogacy in 1978 Britain: can they help us to better under­stand

                    surrogacy today?’ ReproSoc blogpost (November 19, 2019)

2019            Hilevych Y.: Commentary on BBC Woman’s Hour about the history of artificial insemination in Britain

                    (February 26, 2019; (just after 32 minutes)

             Reviewer for

                     European Journal of Population, Medical History, The History of the Family, Continuity and

                     Change, Journal of Family History, Social History of Medicine

             Technical skills

                      Atlas.ti, LATEX, SPSS, R

             Language skills

                     English (fluent), Dutch (upper intermediate), Ukrainian and Russian (native)



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