About me

Yvonne is a PhD Candidate at the Department of Sociology. She conducts her research under the supervision of Prof Sarah Franklin.

Research Project

Egg cell donations remain prohibited according to the German Embryo Protection Act. As such, an increasing number of German women travel abroad for an egg donation.

In her PhD research, Yvonne sheds light on the experiences of women and couples during their reproductive journey abroad. She will also elucidate how the legal prohibition of egg donations can tell us about a particularly German idea of reproduction, motherhood and morality.

For her research, she conducts in-depth interviews with reproductive clinicians, lawyers, politicians as well as German couples travelling to Austria. 

Find out more about her PhD research.


Yvonne received her B.A. Honours in Politics, Psychology and Sociology and her MPhil degree from the University of Cambridge. In her MPhil dissertation, Yvonne examined the legalisation of pre-implantation genetic diagnosis in Germany using qualitative interview data.

Broadly, her research interests include medical and legal sociology (particularly concerning genetic and reproductive technologies), family and public health.

Yvonne has completed internships and traineeships at the European Parliament in Brussels, the Sociological Institute of the German Armed Forces in Strausberg, the Konrad-Adenauer Foundation in Beijing and BMW Herbert-Quandt Foundation in Berlin. She is greatly enthusiastic about new disruptive technologies and pursues her interest in digital technologies through the project SympatMe, which she founded in 2014 to help immigrants in Germany deal with bureaucracy.

Key Publications

Frankfurth, Yvonne (2017). Mothers, Morality and Abortion: The Politics of Reproduction in the Formation of the German Nation. Journal of International Women’s Studies, 18(3), 51-65.
Available at: http://vc.bridgew.edu/jiws/vol18/iss3/5


Contribution on Radio 1 public broadcasting programme on the German fertility show on February 21, 2017,  available online http://www.radioeins.de/programm/index.htm/from=20-02-2017_05-00/psdoc=!content!rbb!rad!programm!sendungen!sendungen!4!1702!170220_eins_der_sch_ne_morgen_mo_fr_30802/to=21-02-2017_05-00.html

Further links

Follow me on Twitter https://twitter.com/yfrankfurth

Connect on LinkedIn https://uk.linkedin.com/in/yvonne-frankfurth-98243263

Research website https://eispende.com/