Dr Tanja Bastia


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Research interests

Ageing and migration. My research in this area builds on the work on global care chains to include a generational approach, particularly the role of grandmothers as primary care givers (Gender and Development, 2009), the role of migrant daughters as elderly carers in Spain (Geoforum, 2015). It also extends research on transnational care, to examine how transnational care practices differ in resource-poor countries and among different socio-economic groups, for example, by looking at the unequal consequences that migration has on the migrants' parents in Bolivia (Global Networks, 2020, with Calsina Valenzuela and Pozo).  I am currently finalising my research in this area through a Leverhulme Research Fellowship (2019-2021). 

Social relations, mobility and inequality. As part of this interest I have been analysing how gender, class and ethnicity are renegotiated through internal and cross-border migration. This research involves multi-sited itinerant ethnography in five cities in Bolivia, Argentina and Spain with migrants from Cochabamba, Bolivia. The analytical approach encompasses a transnational and multi-scalar approach to the study of social change through migration with the aim of investigating whether labour migration provides avenues for greater gender equality. I have published on this in various journals (Gender, Place and Culture, 2013, Environment and Planning A, 2011, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 2007), and in a monograph Gender, Migration and Social Transformation: Intersectionality in Bolivian Itinerant Migrations (Routledge, 2019). 

Migration and development. As a broader project on the relationship between migration and development, I have written on intersectionality, migration and development (Progress in Development Studies, 2014 and Geography Compass 2013), and more recently, co-edited the Routledge Handbook of Migration and Development, with Professor Ronald Skeldon (published 2020). The Handbook includes 55 chapters from over 60 contributors.

Migrants and the right to the city. This research looks at the lives of migrants in informal settlements, their everyday practices and their articulation with different civil society organisations with the aim of assessing the extent to which they might have a 'right to the city'. This research is based on my fieldwork with migrants in Buenos Aires in 2003 and 2008, (Urban Studies, 2015), which I have extended through a cities@manchester project in 2013, in collaboration with Jeronimo Montero Bressan (Environment and Planning A, 2018).

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2019-21       Ageing and migration: the challenges of transnational caring and social inequalities, Leverhulme Fellowship, £47,450, see project website https://ageingandmigration.wordpress.com/

2014        Ageing and migration in Bolivia, with Maria Esther Pozo, CESU - Universidad de San Simon, funded by British Academy and Leverhulme, £7,485

2013        Ageing and migration in Bolivia, with Maria Esther Pozo, CESU - Universidad de San Simon, funded by MICRA, Manchester Interdisciplinary Collaboration for Research on Ageing, £6,007

2013        Seeking justice: migration, informality and political participation in Buenos Aires, with Melanie Lombard and Diana Mitlin (GURC), and Jeronimo Montero Bressan, funded by cities@manchester, £5,955

2011        Migration status and space: implications for the migration-development nexus, with Uma Kothari (IDPM) and Nina Glick Schiller (RICC), SED research stimulation fund, £3,625.

2007-10 Emancipatory Migrations? Gender and Ethnicity in Transnational Migration for Work, British Academy Post-Doctoral Fellowship £194,278.

2007       School meals for social development: creating a virtuous cycle, with Kevin Morgan (Cardiff University) and Eleanor Fisher (Swansea), British Academy Small Grant, £7,500.

2007        School meals for development: creating a virtuous cycle, with Kevin Morgan (Cardiff University) commissioned by the World Food Programme/ Gates Foundation, £66,000. 


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