School of Health Sciences

Image of Julie Roberts

Julie Roberts

Senior Research Fellow, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences



Dr. Julie Roberts is an interdisciplinary sociologist and qualitative methodologist. She applies social and cultural theory to contemporary issues in maternity care and reproductive rights. She is a member of the Maternal Health & Wellbeing Research Group.

Julie's doctoral research (Centre for Women's Studies, University of York) was one of the first feminist analyses of 3D and 4D obstetric ultrasound. She has published widely on obstetric ultrasound and foetal images and she is the author of The Visualised Foetus: A cultural and political analysis of ultrasound imagery (2012).

Building on this work, Julie is currently leading an interdisciplinary team to examine the social, political and health implications of representations of childbirth in the media. Her scoping review of childbirth on television is published in Feminist Media Studies. Her research interests also include issues around autonomy and informed decision-making in pregnancy and labour.

Julie is passionate about public involvement in research and is co-founder and co-facilitator, with Professor Helen Spiby, of the Nottingham Maternity Research Network , a group for public involvement in maternal health research. Members of the University can view her webinar on public involvement in qualitative research via the Researcher Academy Training Hub.

Julie Roberts is member of the editorial board of BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth (Maternity care and sociological aspects of pregnancy and childbirth).


Google scholar profile

ORCID ID: 0000-0001-6099-9600

Expertise Summary

  • Social context of health and maternity
  • Autonomy and informed decision-making in maternal health, particularly in relation to induction of labour
  • Reproductive rights
  • Visual culture of pregnancy and birth, including popular media and obstetric ultrasound
  • Qualitative research methods and methodologies
  • Feminist research
  • Public involvement in research

Teaching Summary

  • Qualitative research methods
  • Public involvement in research

Recent Publications

School of Health Sciences

B236, Medical School
Queen's Medical Centre
Nottingham, NG7 2HA

telephone: +44 (0)115 95 15559