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Dr. Soraya Tremayne

Soraya Tremayne is a social anthropologist and the co-founding Director, with Professor David Parkin, of the Fertility and Reproduction Studies Group (FRSG), School of Anthropology. She is a Research Associate at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology; the convener of the seminar series on Women’s Rights in the Middle East at the Middle East Centre, and a Senior Common Room Member at St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford. She was formerly the Director of the International Gender Studies at the Department for International Development Studies, University of Oxford; the Chair of Social Analysis and Anthropology Associates – SA3 Limited -- a consultancy firm that she co-founded with three other anthropologists (1982), specialising in the development and aid projects; Lecturer in Social Anthropology at Tehran University; and Director of the Ethnographic Museum of Tehran. She is also the co-series editor of the Fertility, Reproduction, and Sexuality series, with Berghahn books.

She served on the Council of the Royal Anthropological Institute between 1993 and 2014, as a Council member, a Vice-Chairman, and a member of the Finance Committee.

Contact Information:


Tel: +44 1865 331289



Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Oxford

53 Banbury Road, Oxford, OX2 6PE. UK


Research Interests

Anthropology of Reproduction, Gender, Development, Applied Anthropology


Ongoing field research (since 2004) in Iran on reproduction to explore the transformations that have taken place, over the past five decades, in reproductive norms and values, family, marriage, and kinship. One of the main strands of the research is infertility, which is used as a lens through which to examine the significance of procreation, and the implications of fertility/infertility for kinship, in the aftermath of the demographic transition. 

Photo courtesy of SMS

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