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Dr Imogen Tyler is a Sociology Senior Lecturer & Leverhulme Fellow at Lancaster University. Her research interests include Maternal Publics: Bodies, Identities, Practices. She has published widely in this area, most recently editing a special issue of Feminist Review on `Birth’ (2009). She also sits on the editorial board of a new journal, Studies in the Maternal. She co-directed (with Dr Caroline Gatrell) a research project entitled Hard Labour: The Cultural Politics of Reproduction for which she organised a workshop on Maternal Bodies (2005) and an international conference, Birth (2007). She is currently working (with Dr Celia Roberts and Dr Candice Satchwell) on a European-funded research project on Childbirth Organisations in the UK 2009-2011. She is also co-writing a monograph on Maternal Publics and Counterpublics with Dr Lisa Baraitser.