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Dr Yuliya Hilevych

Dr Yuliya Hilevych

Newton International Fellow

College Research Associate at Wolfson College

Yuliya Hilevych is available for consultancy.

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Cambridge CB3 9EF

Biography:

Yuliya Hilevych is a Newton International Fellow at the University of Cambridge working on the study of reproduction, social relations and demographic policy.

Yuliya holds a BA and MA in History and Theory of Sociology from the Faculty of History in the University of Lviv, in Ukraine, and a PhD in History and Sociology from Wageningen University, a joint degree with Radboud University, in the Netherlands. Previously, she held research positions in a United Nations project at the Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute (NIDI) and at Radboud University, where she is now an affiliated scholar. Her research has been funded by the British Academy, the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO), and Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice.

Subject groups/Research projects

Economic, Social and Cultural History:

Research Interests

My PhD dissertation was an ethnography of the post-war fertility decline in Soviet Ukraine and it focused on the role of family and social relations in reproductive decision-making. My subsequent collaborative projects have examined reproductive politics and practices in Western and Eastern Europe, and I am specifically interested in situating these in the context of Cold War population tensions.

My current two-year project studies the changes in the post-war health care system and individuals’ personal and collective experiences of infertility in Britain before the invention of in-vitro fertilisation, c.1945-1980. Specifically, I study how these experiences have challenged the provision of infertility advice and treatments, with the primary focus being on the emergence of infertility counselling and grassroots activism. My overarching goal is to produce what I call a social history of infertility, which will enrich our understanding of the construction of reproductive identities associated with infertility.

Research Supervision

I welcome inquiries from students interested in modern social and demographic history, history of reproduction, gender history, and comparative history of Western and Eastern Europe since 1950s.

 

 

Other Professional Activities

I am a member of the (European) Social Science History Association, the Netherlands Demographic Society (NVD), and the Association for Young Historical Demographers.

Keywords

  • Economic, Social History
  • Russian History

Collaborators

Key Publications

Hilevych, Y., & Rusterholz, C. (2018). ‘Two children to make ends meet’: the ideal family size, parental responsibilities and costs of children on two sides of the Iron Curtain during the post-war fertility decline. The History of the Family, 1-18.

Hilevych, Y. and Sato, C., (2018) ‘Popular medical discourses on birth control in the Soviet Union during the Cold War: Shifting responsibilities and relational values.’ in Gembries, A.K., Theuke, T., and Heinemann, I. (eds.), ‘Children by Choice? Changing Values, Reproduction and Family Planning in the 20th Century’, (De Gruyter), 99-122.

Hilevych, Y. (2016) Strong Families and Declining Fertility, Wageningen University Dissertations, 191 p. ISBN 978-94-6257-938-5

Hilevych Y. (2016) Later, if ever: Family influences on transition from first to second birth in Soviet Ukraine, Continuity and Change 31(2), 275-300

Hilevych, Y., & MacNamara, T. (Eds.). (2015). Qualitative approaches to demographic questions. Special issue in: The History of the Family Vol. 20 (1). Including the Introduction: MacNamara, T., & Hilevych, Y. (2015). Living in the demos, The History of the Family, 20 (1), 1-8

Hilevych, Y. (2015). Abortion and gender relationships in Ukraine, 1955–1970, The History of the Family, 20 (1), 86-105

 

Other Publications

Boomen van den N., Dane J., Hilevych Y., Hoedemaeckers J., Walhout E., Kok, J. (2017) ‘Beklemd in de Scharnieren van de tijd: Beleid, praktijk en ervaringen van afstand ter adoptie door niet-gehuwde moeders in Nederland tussen 1956 en 1984’ (Hostages of time. Policy, practice and experiences of relinquishment for adoption by unmarried mothers in the Netherlands between 1956 and 1984). Scientific report for the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice, WODC. INSB: 978-94-92380-40-1