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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 Affiliate at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology; the co-founder of the seminar series on Women’s Rights in the Middle East at the Middle East Centre at St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford; the former 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 founding 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-President, and as 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. Soraya’s research focuses on over three decades of fieldwork in Iran, studying the changes in the dynamics of the institutions that serve as the social expression of reproduction, including, family, kinship, gender relations, fertility/infertility, and the impact of the state’s population policies.  


Photo courtesy of SMS


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