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Organisation profile

Organisation profile

AFIN is an interdisciplinary, inter-university and international research group focusing on basic and applied research in the social sciences, humanities and health sciences. It is dedicated to the study of human reproduction and the inequality as it relates to age, sex, racial or ethnic origin, religions or convictions, medical conditions, sexual orientation, nationality and the intersection of these aspects.

Since its creation in 2004, AFIN has been characterized by its interdisciplinary focus, its academic relationships with other national and international research groups and institutions, and a clear commitment to ensuring that its research findings reach the citizens and communities.

Professionals from the field of social, cultural and medical anthropology, sociology, education, law, medicine, psychology, and social work attached to various domestic and international universities and institutions, organizations and services, from both the public and private sectors belong to AFIN.

Its main areas of research and applied work include:

  • Person, Gender, Body, Care, Health, Death
  • Parenting -mothering and fathering-, work-life balance, caregiving, reproductive work and family life
  • Human Reproduction -sexual and assisted reproduction, third party reproduction (gametes, embryo, gestation or child provided by a third party), fertility preservation, cross-border reproductive care (CBRC)-
  • Reproductive Processes (preimplantation genetic diagnosis, pregnancy/screenings, partum, postpartum, breastfeeding, reproductive loss, endometriosis and other medical conditions)
  • Secrecy, anonymity, privacy
  • Childhood and Youth, Missing/stolen babies and children

Directed by:

Diana Marre Cifola

Research lines

  • Research lines:
  • Reproduction, Families, Assisted Reproduction, Reproductive cycle
  • Sexual and Reproductive Education, Gender and Health, LGBTI
  • Sexo-Affective-Family Diversity, Biogenetic Origins, Kinship
  • Counseling, Consultancy to Individuals, Families, Health and Educational Institutions and Services
  • Psychosocial Intervention, Training, Research-Action, Participatory Processes with Organizations, Entities and Companies, Administrations, and Public Policies

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. Our work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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