Speaker Bio

Susan Golombok

Susan Golombok PhD FBA is Professor of Family Research and Director of the Centre for Family Research at the University of Cambridge. She has pioneered research on lesbian mother families, gay father families, families with transgender parents, families formed by single mothers by choice, and families created by assisted reproductive technologies including in vitro fertilisation (IVF), donor insemination, egg donation and surrogacy. Her research has challenged commonly held assumptions about these families as well as widely held theories of child development. Susan Golombok has authored more than 300 academic papers and seven books, and her award-winning research has contributed to policy and legislation on the family both nationally and internationally. She was a member of the UK government’s surrogacy review committee in the late 1990s, a member of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics Working Party on Donor Conception in 2012-13, and a member of the International Commission on the Clinical Use of Human Germline Genome Editing in 2019-20. Her most recent book, We Are Family: What Really Matters for Parents and Children, was published in October 2020.