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Sigrid Vertommen is Marie Curie Research Fellow at the Department of Global Health & Social Medicine at King’s College London. Under the supervision of Prof. Barbara Prainsack, she is conducting qualitative research on the political economy of global fertility chains, with an empirical focus on the fertility chain between Israel/Palestine, South Africa and Nepal. 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 her PhD, obtained in 2017 at Ghent University in Belgium, Sigrid 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 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.
From 2010 until 2017, Sigrid was a doctoral researcher and assistant at the Department of Conflict and Development Studies at the Ghent University in Belgium. She taught classes and courses on fieldwork in the Global South, Zionism, Palestine/Israel, gender and globalisation, reproductive labour, sexual politics, biopolitics, assisted reproductive technologies. Sigrid is part of the editorial board of Lava, a Belgian journal for societal critique. She is also active in the Slow Science Movement in Belgium.