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Lucia Cervi

BA in Political Science, International Relations and Human Rights (Universit√ degli Studi di Padova, 2011), MSc in Corporate Social Responsibility (The University of Nottingham, 2012)

Room: B34 (South Building)
Tel: +44 (0) 115 8466378

Current Status: Completed
Year of Registration: 2012
Expected Completion Date: /09/2015

Primary Funding Source:
ICCSR Full Tuition Scholarship

Research Topic:
Business and political processes: assisted reproduction in the UK

Research Details:
Since obtaining my first degree in Political Science and Human Rights, I've been increasingly fascinated by the multi-faceted role of business in society, as well as its ability to simultaneously be a force for good, a mediator, or a force for harm. Undoubtedly, business has become a powerful actor that moves between boundaries of economy, politics, and society.
My specific interest in gender issues emerged whilst writing my Master's dissertation, which focused on corporations as possible facilitators of international feminist projects. Previously, I have also been interested in emerging technologies and ethical issues of uncertainty that these technologies provide us with.
I am generally very keen and interested in business and human rights. I am currently focusing my doctoral work on political business, governance, and gender.

Scholars in Business and Society have previously tackled issues related to the political role of business (Scherer and Palazzo, 2011; Crouch, 2010), corporate citizenship (Crane et al., 2008), and governance dynamics (Levy and Kaplan, 2007). However, little attention has been paid to the political feature of processes (and products) that take place within society amongst different societal actors. My study looks at how societal actors discursively construct issues around the body, family, and gender in the organization of assisted reproduction in the UK. Fertility treatment is a complex process involving numerous steps that patients can take to increase their chances of conceiving. Along this process of access and treatment options, multiple actors work together and discursively construct ideas of family, bodies, and gender that may influence the way we perceive reproduction. Here, businesses like pharmaceutical companies and private clinics act and interact with science, government, health professionals, and civil society to construct categories of, for instance, parenthood and bodies.
The aim of my thesis is to show how business is inherently political and engrained in governance dynamics. This is demonstrated through the analysis of the discourses businesses construct in concert with other societal actors around certain issues. Furthermore, my research takes a feminist stand in order to question the discursive constructions found in the organization of assisted reproduction in the UK.

Research Supervisor/s: Laurie Cohen, Glen Whelan and Jeremy Moon

Division: Management

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