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Reproductive Sociology Research Group

Studying at Cambridge


Dr Sigrid Vertommen


Sigrid Vertommen is working as a research associate at Reprosoc, in the Department of Sociology of Cambridge University. She is coordinating a work package on the political economy of in/fertility in the Wellcome Trust funded project on Changing in/Fertilties, directed by Sarah Franklin and Marcia Inhorn.

Previously, Sigrid worked as a Marie Curie fellow at the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at King's College London where she conducted qualitative research on the political economy of global fertility chains, with an empirical focus on the fertility chain between Israel/Palestine and Georgia. She is particularly interested in understanding women's role and participation in the reproductive bio-economy as egg vendors and surrogates through the lens of reproductive labour. This research builds further on Sigrid's PhD research on the political economy of assisted reproduction in Israel/Palestine, in which she addressed the multiple ways in which reproductive technologies, including IVF, Pergonal, child removals, sperm smuggling, egg donation and transnational surrogacy, have been imagined, materialised and coproduced in Israel/Palestine, at the crossroads of settler colonialism, biocapitalism and bio/necropolitics. 

Her work has been published in journals including BioSocieties, New Genetics and Society and Science as Culture, and edited volumes such as 'Mattering: Feminism, Science and Materialism' edited by Victoria Pitts-Taylor, 'Assisted reproduction in a European and globalized perspective: notes on the overall framework' edited by Nina Lykke and Merete Lie, 'Critical Kinship studies: Kinship (trans)formed' edited by Charlotte Kroløkke e.a.

She is also active in the Slow Science Movement in Belgium and in the Women's Strike Assemby in London.