Since 2010 Clemence Due and I have been writing on the topic of surrogacy. Our initial research in the field focused on Australian news media and parliamentarian debates on the topic. Latterly we have also undertaken interviews with Australian parents who had undertaken an offshore surrogacy arrangement. Most recently I have begun writing with Deborah Dempsey, bringing together our individual data sets on the topic of surrogacy to explore topics such as the meaning of genetic relatedness in the context of families formed through surrogacy and gay men’s accounts of pregnancy in the context of surrogacy arrangements.


Riggs, D.W., Due, C. & Power, J. (2015). Gay men’s experiences of surrogacy clinics in IndiaJournal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health.

Riggs, D.W. & Dempsey, D. (2015). Gay men’s narratives of pregnancy in the context of commercial surrogacy. In N. Burton (Ed.) Birth and its meanings: Representations of pregnancy, childbirth and parenting. Toronto: Demeter Press.

Riggs, D.W. (2015). ’25 degrees of separation’ versus the ‘ease of doing it closer to home’: Motivations to offshore surrogacy arrangements amongst Australian citizensSomatechnics, 5.

Riggs, D.W. (2015). Narratives of choice amongst white Australians who undertake surrogacy arrangements in IndiaJournal of Medical Humanities.

Riggs, D.W. & Due, C. (2014). ‘The contented faces of a unique Australian family’: Privilege and vulnerability in news media reporting of offshore surrogacy arrangements. Feminist Media Studies, 15.

Collins, C.R., Riggs, D.W. & Due, C. (2014). Constructions of the ‘best interest of the child’ in New South Wales parliamentary debates on surrogacy. In M. Nash (Ed.) Reframing reproduction: Conceiving gendered experiences in late modernityLondon: Sage.

Riggs, D.W. & Due, C. (2013). Representations of reproductive citizenship and vulnerability in media reports of offshore surrogacyCitizenship Studies, 17, 956-969.

Riggs, D.W. & Due, C. (2012). Representations of surrogacy in submissions to a parliamentary inquiry in New South WalesTechne, 16, 71-84.

Riggs, D.W. & Due, C. (2010). Gay men, race privilege, and surrogacy in IndiaOutskirts: Feminisms Along the Edge, 22.

I have also written a piece for The Conversation on the topic of surrogacy, and Clare Bartholomaeus and I have produced the following infographic on the topic.


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