Giselle Newton

Postgraduate Research Student

Thesis Title

Seeking Someone Like Me: Affinities and Intimacies among Donor-Conceived Peers




Giselle is a doctoral researcher at the UNSW Centre for Social Research in Health. Her research interests span sexual and reproductive health, relationships and families, identities and communities, peer support and digital cultures. 

Giselle’s PhD research explores donor-conceived people's experiences, views and support needs in a digital age. The study takes a multi-method and cross-disciplinary approach and is guided by a reflexive framework, which recognises the value and complexity of conducting research on this topic as a donor-conceived person.

Giselle and the study team are currently recruiting donor-conceived people for two parts of the study:

  1. An online survey on services and support for donor-conceived people.
  2. A one-on-one, conversational-style interview about online support groups for donor-conceived people.

For more information visit the study website or contact Giselle via email at

The study has been approved by the University of New South Wales Human Research Ethics Committee (HC190998), ACON Research Ethics Review Committee (2020/05) and Thorne Harbour Health Community Research Endorsement Panel (THH/CREP 20-008).