Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR)

Photographer: Bram Belloni

dr. G.J.E. (Trudie) Gerrits


  • Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
    Programme group: Anthropology of Health, Care and the Body
  • Visiting address
    REC BC
    Nieuwe Achtergracht 166  Room number: C5.08
  • Postal address:
    Postbus  15509
    1001 NA  Amsterdam
  • G.J.E.Gerrits@uva.nl
    T: 0652679539
    T: 0642864866

Current Position

 Currently, I am Assistant Professor at the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Amsterdam (UvA). I am lecturing in the Bachelor of Cultural Anthropology and the Master of Medical Anthropology and Sociology (MAS) and I am  co-director of the MAS. In addition I am thesis supervisor in the Cultural Anthropology and MAS Masters programs and co-supervisor of a number of PhD-candidates.  Most of my own research work is related with infertility and assisted reproductive technologies (ARTs).  

Short CV

In 2008 I received my PhD (cum laude ) at the University of Amsterdam based on my dissertation, which is a hospital ethnography entiteld 'Clinical Encounters. Dynamics of patient-centred practices in a Dutch fertility clinic'. Before that I studied Cultural Anthropology at the Catholic University of Nijmegen (BA) and at the University of Amsterdam (MA), and Communication Sciences (Voorlichtingskunde) at the University of Wageningen. In Amsterdam I specialized in Medical Anthropology and obtained my Master's degree (cum laude) in 1994 after completing a MA thesis on 'Social and cultural aspects of infertility among the Macua in the north of Mozambique'. Previously I have worked as researcher, policy advisor and health educator at the Mozambican Ministry of Health (1985-1990).

From 1991 until 2007 I worked at the Medical Anthropology Unit (MAU)at the UvA, where I was involved as researcher,  technical advisor, project assistant and/or coordinator in various (applied) health research projects in the Netherlands and abroad. Research topics included reproductive health issues; medicine use among Dutch children; migrants and vaccinations; the evaluation of the Dutch governmental cooperation in the field of Health, Nutrition and Population (1995-1999); access and adherence to antiretrovirals (ARVs); and specific aspects in HIV/AIDS prevention activities for ethnic minorities in The Netherlands . In this period I have also coordinated the international PRMUC Course (Promoting Rational Medicine Use in the Community), which had been developed by the WHO, RTI (Royal Tropical Institute, Amsterdam) and the MAU and was involved in teaching, in particular in the AMMA (Amsterdam Master of Medical Anthropology). From 2010-2012 I also was AMMA director.

Core Research Interest: Infertility and  Assisted Reproductive Technologies
For my master's thesis I studied the meaning, consequences  and help seeking behaviour of infertile Macua women in the north of Mozambique. This study resulted in a number of publications and presentations on infertility and childlessness 'in the south', which topic until then had received scarce attention from anthropologists and in the field of international health.  I was one of the initiators and organizers of the first 'Social Science Research on Childlessness in a global perspective', which was held in Amsterdam in 1999.

With my PhD-thesis 'Clinical encounters. Dynamics of patient-centred practices in a Dutch fertility clinic' I continued in the same area of interest, though I focused on the medical practices and medicalization of infertility in a western context. What makes (many) people with fertility problems so persistent in their use of fertility treatment (and IVF in particular) once they have visited a fertility clinic? What makes it so difficult to jump off the roller coaster of treatment? And in particular, in what way does visiting a fertility clinic - and the experience of clinical encounters - affect people in terms of the (further) medicalization of their fertility problems? These were the questions that formed the starting point for my study, in which I portray the daily practices of a Dutch fertility clinic and provide insight into the situated accounts of couples visiting this clinic. Further, in this thesis I examine - inspired by Foucauldian notions on the workings of disciplinary power - how these clinical encounters affect the experiences and views of people with fertility problems and their (further) use of fertility services and technologies. By looking in such detail at the complex and dynamic relationship between clinical practice and people's experiences, my thesis intends to contribute to an understanding of the complexity of women's and men's responses to reproductive technology, and more broadly, seeks to advance the theoretical understanding of processes of medicalization in clinical practice.

Currently, I am involved in  a comparative study on the Appropriation and Use of ARTs in Sub-Saharan Africa, a study initiated and coordinated by Viola Hörbst, funded by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) and hosted by the Centro de Estudos Africanos e Brasileiros (CEAB) at the ISCSP, Technical University of Lisbon. 
This multi-sited study takes places in Ghana, Uganda and Mozambique/South-Africa. Three major research lines, concerned with the appropriation of ART in Africa, will be explored:

  •  the mobility of both providers and end-users across the globe (South-South, North-South, South-North) and the emergence of transnational networks
  • the mobility of artefacts, practices, skills and ethics associated with ARTs
  • the locally specific structures and historical contexts that in turn shape form and praxis of those technologies

As part of this study I am doing field research in two private fertility clinics in Ghana.

External Tasks

  • Co-chair of the Social Science Group of the Taskforce 'Infertility Care in Developing Countries' of ESHRE,  the European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology.
  • Representative of the UvA-AIISSR Health Care and the Body Research group in Sharenet, the Dutch network organisation in the field of Sexual and Reproductive Health.
  • Dutch Committee member of SANPAD, the South Africa Netherlands research Programme on Alternatives in Development

 

Keywords

Infertility, reproductive health, reproductive technology, medicalization, hospital ethnography, ethics, Ghana, Mozambique

 

Keywords

Infertility, reproductive health, reproductive technology, medicalization, hospital ethnography, ethics, Ghana, Mozambique

In 2013-2014 I am involved in the Master Medical Anthropology and Sociology as Program Director. and in the Bachelor Cultural Anthropoly I teach Reproduction,  Health and Technologies.

 

Currently, I am co-supervisor of the following Phd-Candidates: 

Marije Visser (UvA-AMC, with Prof. Fulco van der Veen)

Ines Faria (School of Social and Political Sciences, Technical University of Lisbon, with Dr. Viola Hörbst)

Lucia Linda Yevoo  (WUR, with Prof. Han van Dijk)

Matilda Aberese-Ako (WUR, with Prof. Han van Dijk)

Matilda Hanna Marisol Henao Vanegas (AISSR, with Prof. Ria Reis)

Carla Rodrigues (AISSR, with Prof. Anita Hardon)

2016

  • Gerrits, T. (2016). Assisted reproductive technologies in Ghana: Transnational undertakings, local practices and ‘more affordable’ IVF. Reproductive Biomedicine and Society Online, 2, 32-38. DOI: 10.1016/j.rbms.2016.05.002  [details] 
  • Gerrits, T. (2016). 'It’s not my eggs, it is not my husband’s sperm, it is not my child': surrogacy and 'not doing kinship' in Ghana. In C. Kroløkke, L. Myong, S. W. Adrian, & T. Tjørnhøj-Thomsen (Eds.), Critical kinship studies (pp. 65-80). (Rowman and Littlefield international - intersections). London: Rowman & Littlefield. [details] 
  • Gerrits, T. (2016). Patient-centred IVF: Bioethics and care in a Dutch clinic. (Fertility, reproduction and sexuality; No. 33). New York: Berghahn Books. [details] 
  • Gerrits, T., & Hörbst, V. (2016). Assisted reproductive technologies in private IVF clinics in Ghana and Uganda: Local responses to the scarcity of embryologists. In D. Bonnet, & V. Duchesne (Eds.), Procréation médicale et mondialisation: expériences africaines (pp. 57-71). Paris: L'Harmattan.
  • Gerrits, T., & Hörbst, V. (2016). Entrepreneuring Barren Grounds. In L. Manderson, E. Cartwright, & A. Hardon (Eds.), The Routledge handbook of medical anthropology (pp. 345-349). (Routledge handbooks). New York: Routledge. [details] 
  • Visser, M., Mochtar, M. H., de Melker, A. A., van der Veen, F., Repping, S., & Gerrits, T. (2016). Psychosocial counselling of identifiable sperm donors. Human Reproduction, 31(5), 1066-1074. DOI: 10.1093/humrep/dew037  [details] 
  • Hörbst, V., & Gerrits, T. (2016). Transnational connections of health professionals: medicoscapes and assisted reproduction in Ghana and Uganda. Ethnicity & Health, 21(4), 357-374. DOI: 10.1080/13557858.2015.1105184  [details] 
  • Kweekel, L., Gerrits, T., Rijnders, M., & Brown, P. R. (2016). The Role of Trust in CenteringPregnancy: Building Interpersonal Trust Relationships in Group-Based Prenatal Care in The Netherlands. Birth - Issues in Perinatal Care and Education, 44(1), 41-47. DOI: 10.1111/birt.12260  [details] 
  • Visser, M., Gerrits, T., Kop, F., van der Veen, F., & Mochtar, M. (2016). Exploring parents’ feelings about counseling in donor sperm treatment. Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 37(4), 156-163. DOI: 10.1080/0167482X.2016.1195806  [details] 

2015

  • Gerrits, T. (2015). ARTs in resource-poor areas: practices, experiences, challenges and theoretical debates. In K. Hampshire, & B. Simpson (Eds.), Assisted reproductive technologies in the third phase: global encounters and emerging moral worlds (pp. 94-104). (Fertility, reproduction and sexuality; No. 31). Oxford: Berghahn Books. [details] 
  • Aberese-Ako, M., Agyepong, I. A., Gerrits, T., & van Dijk, H. (2015). 'I used to fight with them but now I have stopped!': conflict and doctor-nurse anaesthetists' motivation in maternal and neonatal care provision in a specialist referral hospital. PLoS One, 10(8), [e0135129]. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0135129  [details] 

2014

  • Gerrits, T. (2014). The ambiguity of patient-centred practices: the case of a Dutch fertility clinic. Anthropology & Medicine, 21(2), 125-135. DOI: 10.1080/13648470.2014.914804  [details] 
  • Aberese-Ako, M., van Dijk, H., Gerrits, T., Arhinful, D. K., & Agyepong, I. A. (2014). 'Your health our concern, our health whose concern?': perceptions of injustice in organizational relationships and processes and frontline health worker motivation in Ghana. Health Policy and Planning, 29(Suppl. 2), ii15-ii28. DOI: 10.1093/heapol/czu068  [details] 

2013

  • Gerrits, T., Reis, R., Braat, D. D. M., Kremer, J. A. M., & Hardon, A. P. (2013). Bioethics in practice: Addressing ethically sensitive requests in a Dutch fertility clinic. Social Science & Medicine, 98, 330-339. DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2012.12.031  [details] 

2012

2010

  • Gerrits, T., & Shaw, M. (2010). Biomedical infertility care in sub-Saharan Africa: a social science review of current practices, experiences and view points. Facts, Views & Vision in Ob Gyn, 2(3), 194-207. [details] 

2007

  • Hardon, A. P., Akurut, D., Comoro, C., Ekezie, C., Irunde, H. F., Gerrits, T., ... Laing, R. (2007). Hunger, waiting time and transport costs: time to confront challenges to ART adherence in Africa. AIDS Care, 19(5), 658-665. DOI: 10.1080/09540120701244943  [details] 

2002

  • Gerrits, T. (2002). Infertility and matrilineality. The exceptional case of the Macua. In M. C. Inhorn, & F. Van Balen (Eds.), Infertility around the globe: new thinking on childless, gender and reproductive technology.. (pp. 337-349). Los Angeles: University of California.

2001

  • Hardon, A. P., & Gerrits, T. (2001). Social and cultural aspects of being infertile in Africa. In Sexual and Reproductive health: recent advances, future directions. New Delhi: New Age International. [details] 
  • van Balen, F., & Gerrits, T. (2001). Quality of infertility care in poor-resource areas and the introduction of new reproductive technologies. Human Reproduction, 16(2), 215-219. DOI: 10.1093/humrep/16.2.215  [details] 
  • van Zandvoort, H., de Koning, K., & Gerrits, T. (2001). Viewpoint: medical infertility care in low income countries: the case for concern in policy and practice. Tropical Medicine & International Health, 6(7), 563-569. DOI: 10.1046/j.1365-3156.2001.00756.x  [details] 

2014

  • van der Geest, S., Gerrits, T., Challinor, J., & Reis, R. (2014). Introduction: essays in medical anthropology and the AMMA experience. In S. van der Geest, T. Gerrits, & J. Challinor (Eds.), Medical anthropology: essays and reflections from an Amsterdam graduate programme (pp. 1-11). (Health, culture and society: studies in medical anthropology and sociology). Diemen: AMB. [details] 
  • Hörbst, V., & Gerrits, T. (2014). Transnational networks and the embedding of practices over time: organising assisted reproductive techniques. In Les technologies de la procréation et la mondialisation. Dispositifs, savoirs, expériences en Afrique subsaharienne Paris.

2011

  • Gerrits, G. J. E. (2011). Biomedical infertility care in Sub-Saharan Africa: what is going on? In E. Slager (Ed.), Reproductieve geneeskunde, gynaecologie en obstetrie anno 2011 (pp. 961-966). Haarlem: DCHG. [details] 

2010

  • van der Sijpt, E., Gerrits, T., & van der Geest, S. (2010). Introduction: medical anthropology in the Netherlands. Viennese Ethnomedicine Newsletter, 12(2-3), 3-6. [details] 

2009

  • Gerrits, T. (2009). Sharing uncertainty in clinical encounters in a Dutch fertility clinic. In S. van der Geest, & M. Tankink (Eds.), Theory and action: essays for an anthropologist (pp. 51-59). Amsterdam. [details] 

2008

  • Reis, R., van der Geest, S., & Gerrits, T. (2008). Over kwalitatieve analyse bij onderzoek onder ‘anderen’. In M. Foets, J. Schuster, & K. Stronks (Eds.), Gezondheids(zorg)onderzoek onder allochtone bevolkingsgroepen (pp. 108-121). (NWO-reeks sociale cohesie; No. 16). Amsterdam: Aksant. [details] 

2007

  • Radyowijati, A., & Gerrits, T. (2007). Assessment of Gender Specific Aspects in HIV/AIDS Prevention Projects for Ethnic Minorities in the Netherlands. Amsterdam: Aids Fonds.

2004

  • Hardon, A. P., & Gerrits, T. (2004). Applied Health Research Manual : Anthropology of Health and Health Care. Amsterdam: Het Spinhuis.

2001

  • van Balen, F., & Gerrits, T. (2001). Kinderwens in context. [Child desire in context]. In Zwanger van de kinderwens: visies, feiten en vragen over voortplantingstechnologie.. Den Haag: Ratenau Instituut..

2000

  • Gerrits, T. (2000). Studying infertility and STDs among the Macua in Montepuez, Mozambique: a multi-disciplinary challenge? In Social science research on childlessness in a global perspective.. Amsterdam: Kohnstamm Institute.
  • van Balen, F., Gerrits, T., & Inhorn, M. C. (2000). Social science research on childlessness in a global perspective. Amsterdam: Kohnstamm Institute.

1996

  • Gerrits, T., Hardon, A., & Haaijer-Ruskamp, F. M. (1996). "Preferably half a Tablet." Health seeking behaviour when Dutch children get ill. In P. J. Bush, D. J. Trakas, & et al (Eds.), Children, Medicines and Culture.. (pp. 209-224). USA: Haworth Press.

2012

  • Gerrits, T. (2012). [Review of: C.H. Browner, C.F. Sargent (2011) Reproduction, globalization, and the state: new theoretical and ethnographic perspectives]. Medische Antropologie, 24(2), 401-404. [details] 

2010

  • Gerrits, T. (2010). [Review of: P. Liamputtong (2008) Doing cross-cultural research: ethical and methodological perspectives]. Medische Antropologie, 22(1), 178-181. [details] 

2008

  • Gerrits, T. (2008). [Review of: P. Liamputtong (2008) Doing cross-cultural research: ethical and methodological perspectives]. Medische Antropologie, 22(1), 178-181. [details] 

2006

  • Gerrits, G. J. E., & Kinsman, F. J. (2006). From training to action: the process of engaging health professionals in operational research on adherence to antiretroviral therapy. In A. Hardon, S. Davey, & G. J. E. Gerrits (Eds.), From access to adherence: the challenges of antiretroviral treatment. Studies from Botswana, Tanzania and Uganda. Geneve: WHO. [details] 
  • Hardon, A. P., Davey, S., & Gerrits, G. J. E. (2006). From access to adherence: the challenges of antiretroviral treatment. Studies from Botswana, Tanzania and Uganda. Geneva: WHO. [details] 
  • Hardon, A. P., Gerrits, G. J. E., & Kinsman, F. J. (2006). On hunger, transport costs and waiting time: a synthesis of challenges to ARV adherence in three African countries. In A. P. Hardon, S. Davey, & T. Gerrits (Eds.), From access to adherence: the challenges of antiretroviral treatment. Studies from Botswana, Tanzania and Uganda. Geneve: WHO. [details] 

2005

  • Gerrits, G. J. E., Abah, S. J., & et al., . U. (2005). There's hope - early observations of ARV treatment roll-out in South Africa. Essential Drugs Monitor. [details] 

2003

  • Gerrits, T. (2003). [Bespreking van: G. Nijhof (2000) Levensverhalen: de methode van autobiografisch onderzoek in de sociologie]. Medische Antropologie, 15(1), 231-235. [details] 

2002

  • Hardon, A. P., Stegeman, M., & Gerrits, T. (2002). Synthesis report. Health, Nutrition and Population: Burkina Faso, Yemen, Mozambique. 1995-1999. Den Haag: Ministry of Foreign Affairs / IOB. [details] 

2001

  • van Balen, F., & Gerrits, T. (2001). (On)gewenste kinderloosheid: twijfel, uitstel en afstel. [(In)voluntary childlessness: doubts, delay and canceling.]. In Zwanger van de kinderwens: visies, feiten en vragen over voortplantingstechnologie.. Den Haag: Ratenau Institute.

2000

  • Gerrits, T. (2000). [Bespreking van: R. Cecil (1996) The anthropology of pregnancy loss: comparative studies in miscarriage, stillbirth and neonatal death]. Medische Antropologie, 12(1), 142-147. [details] 

1999

  • Hardon, A. P., & Gerrits, G. J. E. (1999). A bull is not a Bull without a Scar: Results of a literature review on how men and women in Sub-Saharan Africa percieve, prevent and treat sexually transmitted infections. In A bull is not a bull without a Scar. Amsterdam. [details] 

2016

  • Schrijvers, A. M., Bos, H. M. W., van Rooij, F. B., Gerrits, G. J. E., van der Veen, F., Mochtar, M. H., & Visser, M. (2016). Donor-conceived offspring:Exploring thier wishes and needs for counselling and guidance. Poster session presented at Annual Conference of the Society of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, Leeds, United Kingdom.

Scientific position

  • Gerrits, G.J.E. (2009): Lid Nederlands Nationaal Committee, SANPAD, the Netherlands (South Africa-Netherlands research Programme on Alternatives in Development).
  • Gerrits, G.J.E. (2009): Adviseur Nederlandse Adviesraad, SANPAD, the Netherlands (South Africa-Netherlands research Programme on Alternatives in Development).
  • Gerrits, G.J.E. (2009): Coördinatie Masterprogramma, IS-Academy.
  • Gerrits, G.J.E. (2009): Lid van Social Study Group, IS-Academy.

Book editor

  • van der Geest, S., Gerrits, T., & Challinor, J. (2014). Medical anthropology: essays and reflections from an Amsterdam graduate programme. (Health, culture and society). Diemen: AMB. [details] 
  • Gerrits, G. J. E., Boonmongkon, P., Feresu, S., & Halperin, D. (1999). Involuntary infertility and childlessness in resource-poor countries. Current Reproductive Health Concerns. Amsterdam: Het Spinhuis. [details] 

Journal editor

  • Gerrits, T. (editor), Ombelet, W. (editor), van Balen, F. (editor) & Vanderpoel, S (editor) (2012): Facts, Views & Vision in Ob Gyn (Journal).
  • van der Geest, S. (editor), Aaslid, F.S. (editor), Gerrits, T. (editor), Russell, A. (editor) & McLean, A. (editor) (2012): Medische Antropologie (Journal).
  • van der Geest, S. (editor), Aaslid, F.S. (editor), Gerrits, T. (editor), Russell, A. (editor) & McLean, A. (editor) (2012): Medische Antropologie (Journal).

Others

  • Gerrits, T. (other) (2014 - 2015): Member, Sharenet International - Working Group Small Grants (other).
  • Gerrits, T. (organiser) (9-10-2014): Network meeting for students and NGOs, Amsterdam (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
  • Hörbst, V. (organiser), Gerrits, T. (organiser), Quintino, C. (organiser), Bastos, C. (organiser), Seixas, P. (organiser), Faria, I. (organiser) & Cavalho, G. (organiser) (24-3-2014 - 25-3-2014): Conference, Lisbon (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
  • Gerrits, T. (other) (2013): Member Dutch National SANPAD Committee (South Africa-Netherlands Research Programme on Alternatives in Development), South Africa-Netherlands Research Programme on Alternatives in Development (other).
  • Gerrits, T. (other) (2013): Chair Social Study Group of the ESHRE Taskforce on "Developing Countries and Infertility’, ESHRE: European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology (other).
  • Gerrits, T. (other) (2013 - 2014): Coordinator Social Science Study Group, ESHRE / The Walking Egg - Task Force 'Infertility Care in Developing Countries' (other).
  • Gerrits, T. (other) (2013): Member Steering Committee ‘Share-Net International’ - The Knowledge Platform on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Netherlands (other).
  • Gerrits, T. (other) (2013 - 2015): Member Steering Committee, Sharenet International (other).
  • Gerrits, T. (participant) (2013): Member Share-Net Netherlands - Workgroup "Linking Research and Practice - Students and NGOs" (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).
  • Gerrits, T. (participant) (2-10-2013): Organizer. "Linking Research and Practice - Students and NGOs". Symposium organized by the ShareNet - Netherlands Network on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights and HIV & AIDS (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).
  • Gerrits, T. (other) (2012 - 2015): Member, Sharenet Netherlands - Workgroup Linking Research and Practice (other).
  • Gerrits, T. (other) (2012 - 2015): Representative UvA-AISSR, Sharenet Netherlands (other).
  • Gerrits, G.J.E. (participant) (21-11-2011 - 22-11-2011): Co-organizer Workshop on 'Socio-cultural and ethical aspects of biomedical infertility care in poor resource countries, Genk, Belgium (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).

2008

  • Gerrits, G. J. E. (2008). Clinical encounters : dynamics of patient-centred practices in a Dutch fertility clinic [details] 
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