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Zeynep is a Lecturer in Women’s Health at the Institute for Women’s Health at UCL, and holds an Affiliate Lectureship at the University of Cambridge Sociology Department. Her research interests concern the social, ethical, and relational issues surrounding assisted reproductive technologies, with current projects on egg freezing and single women’s fertility options; reproductive anxiety; and motherhood after 40. Zeynep lectures on gender studies, sociology of reproduction, medical sociology, family studies, and ethics of assisted reproduction; and supervises undergraduates and graduates on projects within these topics at both Cambridge and UCL. 

Before moving to UCL in 2018, Zeynep spent two years as a Senior Research Associate at the London Women’s Clinic, focusing on egg freezing. Prior to this, she was a Research Associate with Professor Sarah Franklin at the Reproductive Sociology Research Group (ReproSoc), 2012-2016; and a Research Fellow with Professor Susan Golombok at the Centre for Family Research, 2010-2012. Zeynep completed her PhD at Cambridge; her 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. Zeynep was also Founding Convener of the Cambridge Interdisciplinary Reproduction Forum (CIRF), a multi-disciplinary research group which was based at CRASSH from 2006-2016.

Zeynep’s work has been extensively covered in the media, including BBC News, the Guardian, the Independent, Sky News, Stylist Magazine, Glamour, Grazia.

Research Interests

Zeynep's research interests concern the social, ethical, and relational issues surrounding assisted reproductive technologies.

Key Publications - Book Chapters

Gürtin, Z. B., Inhorn M. C., and Tremayne S. (2015) Islam and Assisted Reproduction in the Middle East: Comparing ‘Secular’ Turkey, Shia Iran, and the Sunni Arab World. 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. InInhorn, M.C. , Chavkin, W.  & Navarro, J. (eds.) Globalized Fatherhood. New York, New York: Berghahn.

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. 

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. 

Key Publications - Journal Articles

Inhorn, M. C., Birenbaum-Carmeli, D., Gürtin Z. B., and Tremayne S. (2017) Assisted Reproductive and Middle East Kinship: A Regional and Religious Comparison. Reproductive and BioMedicine and Society, Online. 4: 41-51.

Faircloth, C. & Gürtin, Z.B. (2017) Introduction - Making Parents: reproductive Technologies and Parenting Culture Across Borders. Sociological Research Online. 22(2): 6.

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., Golombok, S. and Ahuja, K. (2012) Egg-share donors' and recipients' knowledge, motivations and concerns: clinical and policy implications. Clinical Ethics. 7(4), 183-192

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) 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. (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.

Key Publications - Other

Gürtin , Z. B., Smith, V., Ahuja, K. ‘The social pioneers of egg freezing are facing tough choices’ Bionews, 30 July 2018

Gürtin, Z. ‘Happy 40th birthday IVF. Now let’s talk about your dirty secret.’ The Guardian, 25 July 2018

Gürtin , Z.B. ‘Unscrambling HFEA data on egg freezing: Where are the missing eggs?’ Bionews, 26 March 2018

Gürtin, Z.  ‘Why are women freezing their eggs? Because of the lack of eligible men’ The Guardian, 7 July 2017

Gürtin, Z.B. ‘Evaluating egg-sharing: new findings on old debates’, Bionews, 23 April 2012

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 Articles

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Affiliated Lecturer, Lecturer in Women's Health, UCL
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