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Zeynep Gürtin

Biography:

Zeynep's research interests concern the social and ethical issues surrounding the globalization of assisted reproductive technologies. Her work specializes in three areas: IVF in the Middle East, egg-donation and egg-sharing, and "reproductive tourism". Her PhD thesis, "The ART of Making Babies", provides an analysis of the cultural constructions of in vitro fertilization (IVF) in Turkey, combining archival analysis or media and regulatory materials with ethnographic research and in-depth interviews with IVF patients and practitioners.

Before moving to the Sociology Department in October 2012 to work with Professor Sarah Franklin, Zeynep completed a 2-year Research Fellowship at the Centre for Family Research, University of Cambridge on the Ethics and Experiences of Egg-sharing, collaborating with Professor Susan Golombok and Dr Kamal Ahuja (London Women's Clinic). Zeynep is Founding Convener of the Cambridge Interdisciplinary Reproduction Forum (CIRF) based at CRASSH. As part of her activities with CIRF, she organized, with Professor Marcia Inhorn (Yale University), the first international interdisciplinary conference on "Reproductive Tourism" in December 2010, the proceedings of which have been published as a special issue of Reproductive BioMedicine Online (November 2011). During Michaelmas 2012 and Lent 2013, Zeynep was Acting Deputy Director of the University of Cambridge Centre for Gender Studies.

Zeynep lectures for the Department of Sociology, the Department of Psychology, and the Centre for Gender Studies.

Key Publications

Gürtin, Z.B., Golombok, S. and Ahuja, K. (in press) Egg-share donors' and recipients' knowledge, motivations and concerns: clinical and policy implications. Clinical Ethics.

Gürtin, Z.B., Inhorn, M.C. and Tremayne, S. (2012) Islam and Assisted Reproduction in the Middle East: Comparing the Sunni Arab World, Shi Iran, and Secular Turkey. In S. Brunn (ed.) The Changing World Religion Map. Springer

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. (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 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GvgP-AAYcv0

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
http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/player/b01gf5sm

The greatest gift. Research Horizons, 23 April 2012
http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/features/life-is-for-sharing/

Making Babies in the 21st Century: The Rise of Reproductive Technologies. The Guardian, 5 November 2010
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/audio/2010/nov/04/reproductive-technologies-sex-21st-century

  • Position: Research Associate
  • E-mail: zbg20@cam.ac.uk
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  • Address: Department of Sociology, Free School Lane, Cambridge CB2 3RQ
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