Register your interest


Before deciding whether you would like to take part, please read the following short summary, which describes this study and your involvement. Participation in this study is completely voluntary.


Surrogacy laws in the UK are under review, demonstrated by the Law Commission’s inclusion of surrogacy regulation in their Programme of Law Reform. This study aims to examine the experience of surrogacy, understand whether the law is fit for purpose, and develop an alternative legal framework of surrogacy regulations informed by these experiences.

The research questions are as follows:

  • How has the current regulatory framework for surrogacy affected surrogates’ experiences in the UK and in California?
  • How could the UK legal framework change as to promote the reproductive rights, health, and wellbeing of surrogates?
  • Is it feasible to adopt a contractual legal framework, such as the Californian approach, for surrogacy arrangements in the UK, whilst safeguarding the health and wellbeing of surrogates?

If you are interested in taking part in this study, please fill out the form below. An information sheet, available here, will be sent to you, and you will have the opportunity to ask any questions.


Please take time to read the information governance and data protection notice provided below.


This study is part of a PhD thesis undertaken at the University of Exeter, under the supervision of Professors Anne Barlow, Rebecca Probert, and Katrina Wyatt. This study is Wellcome-funded, through the Wellcome Centre for Cultures and Environments of Health.