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Dr Zeynep Gurtin
84-86 Chenies Mews
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  • Lecturer
  • UCL EGA Institute for Womens Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences

Dr Gurtin 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. 

Before moving to UCL in September 2018, Dr Gurtin spent two years as a Senior Research Associate at the London Women’s Clinic, focusing on egg freezing and single women's fertility options and experiences. Prior to this, she was a Research Associate with Professor Sarah Franklin at the Reproductive Sociology Research Group (ReproSoc), University of Cambridge, 2012-2016; and a Research Fellow with Professor Susan Golombok at the Centre for Family Research, University of Cambridge 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 Group (CIRF), a multi-disciplinary research group which was based at CRASSH from 2006-2016.

Zeynep is an experienced public communicator; she has spoken about fertility, assisted reproduction and gender relations at schools, City firms, arts festivals and women's groups, both nationally and internationally. Her work has been extensively covered in the media, including BBC News, Women's Hour, the Guardian, the Independent, Sky News, Stylist Magazine, Glamour, and Grazia.

Research Summary

Dr Zeynep Gurtin is a sociologist of reproduction and gender with research interests in the social, ethical, and relational issues surrounding fertility, infertility, assisted reproductive technologies, and new family forms. Her work brings together  changing social trends in fertility with women's own personal accounts of their expectations and experiences, to provide insights about contemporary reproduction and relationships. Zeynep's current research projects focus on single women’s fertility options, including egg freezing and solo motherhood; motherhood after 40; and reproductive anxiety and choices.

Teaching Summary

Dr Gurtin lectures on gender studies, sociology of reproduction, medical sociology, family studies, gender and globalisation, and law and ethics of assisted reproduction. She supervises undergraduates and graduates on projects within these topics at both Cambridge and UCL. 

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