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Dr Zeynep Gurtin

Dr Zeynep Gurtin

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Zeynep is a sociologist interested in reproduction, gender, and family life. Her work focuses on the social and ethical questions surrounding assisted reproductive technologies (ARTs), and in particular on the ways people think about their reproductive experiences and how they make reproductive decisions. Her work to date has looked at couple's experiences of IVF; donors' and recipients' experiences of egg-sharing; ARTs in Turkey and the Middle East; cross border reproductive care (CBRC); and, most recently, egg-freezing.
In October 2016, Zeynep joined the teams at the London Women's Clinic and the London Egg Bank as Senior Research Associate; the first dedicated Social Scientist position in a fertility clinic. During this time, Zeynep has been awarded a Visiting Researcher position at the University of Cambridge. Prior to this, Zeynep was employed at the University of Cambridge, where she completed her PhD in 2013.
Zeynep has held various positions at the University of Cambridge including as a Research Fellow at the Centre for Family Research (2009-2011); Acting Deputy Director at the Centre for Gender Studies (2012); and Research Associate at the Reproductive Sociology Research Group (ReproSoc) (2012-2016), as well as Visiting Researcher positions at UCLA's Institute for Society and Genetics (2015), Fondation Brocher, Geneva (2010), and the European Ethnology Department at Humboldt University, Berlin (2009). She was also Founder and Convener of the Cambridge Interdisciplinary Reproduction Forum (2005-2011).
Zeynep has lectured and taught on a variety of subjects for departments across the University of Cambridge, including on the courses The Sociology of Gender, The Family, Medical Sociology, Social Theory, Globalisation, and Qualitative Methods. She has supervised both undergraduate and graduate students, and continues to be an Affiliated Lecturer at the Sociology Department.

Key Publications

Key Publications

Inhorn, M.C., Tremayne, S., Birenbaum-Carmeli, D. and Gürtin, Z. B (in press) Assisted Reproduction and Middle East Kinship: A Regional and Religious Comparison. RBMSOnline.

Faircloth, C. and Gürtin, Z. B (2017) Fertile Connections: Thinking Across Assisted Reproductive Technologies and Parenting Culture Studies. Sociology, 1-18. Online first.

Gürtin, Z. B. (2016) Patriarchal Pronatalism: Islam, Secularism and the Conjugal Confines of the Turkish IVF Boom. Reproductive Biomedicine & Society Online, 2: 39-46.

Gürtin, Z. B., Inhorn M. C., and Tremayne S. (2015) Islam and Assisted Reproduction in the Middle East: Comparing the Sunni Arab World, Shia Iran and Secular Turkey. Pp 3137-3153. In S. D. Brunn (ed.) The Changing World Religion Map: Sacred Places, Identities, Practices and Politics. New York: Springer.

Gürtin, Z. B. (2014) Assumed, promised, forbidden: infertility, IVF and fatherhood in Turkey. In M.C. Inhorn, W. Chavkin & Navarro, J. (eds.) Globalized Fatherhood. New York, New York: Berghahn.

Inhorn, M.C. and Gürtin, Z.B. (2012) Infertility and Assisted Reproduction in the Muslim Middle East: Social, Religious, and Resource Considerations. FVV in OBGYN, MONOGRAPH, 24-29.

Gürtin, Z.B., Golombok, S. and Ahuja, K. (2012) Egg-share donors’ and recipients’ knowledge, motivations and concerns: clinical and policy implications. Clinical Ethics. 7: 183-192.

Gürtin, Z.B. (2012) Evaluating egg-sharing: The experiences, attitudes and opinions of egg-share donors and recipients. Bionews, 653. London: Progress Educational Trust.

Gürtin, Z.B., Golombok, S. and Ahuja, K. (2012) Emotional and relational aspects of egg-sharing: Egg-share donors' and recipients' feelings about each other, each others' treatment outcome, and any resulting children. Human Reproduction, 27(6): 1690-1701.

Gürtin, Z.B., Golombok, S. and Ahuja, K. (2012) Egg-sharing, Consent and Exploitation: Examining egg-share donors' and recipients' circumstances and retrospective reflections. Reproductive BioMedicine Online, Ethics, Bioscience and Life 24: 698-708.

Gürtin, Z.B. (2012) Assisted Reproduction in Secular Turkey: Regulation, Rhetoric, and the Role of Religion. In M. Inhorn and S. Tremayne. (eds.) Islam and Assisted Reproductive Technologies: Sunni and Shia Perspectives. New York: Berghahn.

Gürtin, Z.B. and Vayena, E. (2012) 'Reproductive Donation: Global Perspectives and Cultural Diversity.' In M. Richards, J. Appleby & G. Pennings(eds.) Reproductive Donation: Bioethics, Policy and Practice. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Pennings, G. and Gürtin, Z.B. (2012) The legal and Ethical Regulation of Transnational Donation. In M. Richards, J. Appleby & G. Pennings (eds.) Reproductive Donation: Bioethics, Policy and Practice. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Gürtin, Z.B. (2012) IVF Practitioners as Interface Agents between the Local and the Global: The localization of IVF in Turkey. M. Knect, M. Klotz & S. Beck. (eds.) Reproductive Technologies as Global Form. Frankfurt: Campus Verlag.

Gürtin, Z.B. (2011) Banning Reproductive Travel? Turkey's ART legislation and Third-Party Assisted Reproduction. Reproductive Biomedicine Online, 23: 555-565.

Gürtin, Z.B. and Inhorn, M.C. (2011) Guest Editorial - Cross-Border Reproductive Care: Travelling for Conception and the Global ART Market. Reproductive Biomedicine Online, 23: 535-537.

Inhorn, M.C. and Gürtin, Z.B. (2011) Cross-Border Reproductive Care: A Future Research Agenda. Reproductive Biomedicine Online, 23: 665-676.

Gürtin-Broadbent, Z. (2010) Unpacking Cross-Border Reproductive Care. Commentary for BioNews, 584. London: Progress Educational Trust.

Gürtin-Broadbent, Z. (2010) Making Babies in the 21st Century: The Rise of Reproductive Technologies. Event Report for BioNews, 583. London: Progress Educational Trust.

Gürtin-Broadbent, Z. (2010) Problems with legislating against "Reproductive Tourism". Commentary for BioNews, 550. London: Progress Educational Trust.

Gürtin-Broadbent, Z. (2009) "Anything to become a mother": Migrant Turkish Women's Experiences of Involuntary Childlessness and Assisted Reproductive Technologies in London.' In Culley, L, Hudson, N & van Rooij, F. (eds) Marginalised Reproduction: Ethnicity Infertility and Reproductive Technologies. Earthscan.

Dunn, M., Gürtin-Broadbent, Z., Ives, J. and Wheeler, J. (2008) 'Jack of all trades, master of none? Challenges facing junior academic researchers in bioethics', Clinical Ethics, 3(4). With M. Dunn, J. Ives & J. Wheeler.

Gürtin-Broadbent, Z. and Jensen, E. (2006) 'Talking Embryos: Under and Interdisciplinary Microscope.' Commentary for Bionews, 358. London: Progress Educational Trust.

Government Reports

Gürtin, Z.B. and Golombok, S. Egg-sharing: The experiences, feelings and attitudes of egg-share donors and recipients. Preliminary Report presented to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, September 2011.

Gürtin, Z.B. Egg-sharing in the UK: Clinical, Psycho-social and Ethical Considerations. Consultation Report for the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, August 2011.

Media and Video

Access to ARTs in Turkey: Pros and Cons for Women's Health

Women and Children's Health in the Middle East Conference, University of Chicago, 10 November 2012 -

Recruiting egg donors. Sky News, May 24 2012

Is egg-sharing the answer to rising IVF costs and what are the ethical concerns? Radio 4 Women’s Hour, 23 April 2012

The greatest gift. Research Horizons, 23 April 2012

Making Babies in the 21st Century: The Rise of Reproductive Technologies. The Guardian, 5 November 2010