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Dr Giulia Zanini


Post-Doctoral Researcher



Giulia Zanini is a Postdoctoral Research Assistant at Queen Mary University in the Wellcome Trust funded project Remaking the Human Body led by Dr Manuela Perrotta. She obtained a PhD in Social and Political Sciences at the European University Institute (EUI) with a dissertation entitled “Transnational Reproduction: Experiences of Italian Reproductive Travellers Receiving Donor Gametes and Embryos Abroad”. She has then received a Piscopia- Marie Curie Fellowship and worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Padua (Italy), the University of the Aegean (Greece) and the University of Barcelona (Spain). Her research interests include family and kinship, reproductive and sexual health, reproductive technologies, conception and abortion travels, religion, gender, family and health policies and citizenship.


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Giulia is currently working on the research project 'Remaking the Human Body', lead by Dr Manuela Perrotta - Department of People and Organisation



  • Zanini G., Misthal, J. De Zordo S., Ziegler, A., Gerdts, C. 2021. Abortion information governance and women’s travels across European borders’, Women’s Studies International Forum, 87, doi: 
  • Garnsey C., Zanini G., De Zordo, S., Mishtal, J., Wollum A., and Gerdts C. 2021. Cross-country abortion travel to England and Wales: Results from a cross-sectional survey exploring women’s experiences crossing borders to obtain care, Reproductive Health, 18, doi: 
  • De Zordo, S., Zanini G., Mishtal, J., Garnsey, C., Ziegler, A., Gerdts, C., 2020. Gestational age limits for abortion and cross-border reproductive care in Europe: a mixed-methods study. BJOG An International journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology,
  • De Zordo S., Mishtal J., Zanini G. & Gerdts C. (2020) Consequences of gestational age limits for people needing abortion care during the COVID-19 pandemic, Sexual and Reproductive Health Matters, 28:1, 1818377
  • Misthal J., De Zordo S., Capelli I., Martino, Rahm L. and Zanini G. 2020. Political (in)action in abortion governance during COVID-19 in Europe: a call for a harmonized EU response during public health crises. Medical Anthropology Quarterly
  • Zanini, G. 2019 “Jesus is in favor. Catholicism and assisted reproduction in Italy” in Medical Anthropology. Cross-Cultural Studies in Health and Illness,
  • Zanini, G. 2017 “A la recherche d'un don de gamètes. Le rôle des cliniques dans les parcours procréatif de parents italiens”. In Ethnologie Française 47 (3): 471-480
  • Kantsa, V., Papadopoulou, L. and Zanini, G. (eds.) 2015. (In)Fertile Citizens: Anthropological and Legal Challenges of ARTs. House Alexandria.
  • Zanini, G. 2015. “Transnational medical reproductive mobilities from, to and across the Euro-Mediterranean: Reflections from the (In)FERCIT project” in Kantsa, V., Papadopoulou, L. and Zanini, G. (eds.) 2015. (In)Fertile Citizens: Anthropological and Legal Challenges of ARTs. House Alexandria: 181-196.
  • Zanini, G. 2015. “When medicalisation is (not) needed. Single women and lesbian choices of cross-donor conception.” in Kroløkke, C., Willum Adrian, S., Tjørnhøj-Thomsen, T and Myong, L. (eds.) Critical Kinship Studies: Kinship (Trans)Formed, London, New York: Rowman & Littlefield.
  • Zanini, G. 2013. “Neither gametes nor children. Italian prospective parents and the variable meaning of donor embryos”, Tecnoscienza, Italian Journal of Science and Technologies Studies, 4, 1: 87-110.
  • Zanini, G., 2011. “Abandoned by the State, betrayed by the Church: Italian experiences of cross-border reproductive care”, Reproductive BioMedicine Online, 23, 5: 565-572.
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