Professor Tanja Bastia


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BA (Hons) (Liverpool), MA (IDS), PhD (Swansea).

I teach international development at the University of Manchester.  My research focuses on social inequalities, migration and space and I am currently developing two new areas of research: (i) migration and ageing, through a project funded by the British Academy and Leverhulme; and (ii) migration and cities in the Global South, through a project that has been looking at migrants in informal settlements in Buenos Aires, funded by cities@manchester.

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Service and leadership

Director, Rory and Elizabeth Brooks Doctoral College (2021 - )

Co-convenor, Urban Justice, Gender and Social Difference theme, Manchester Urban Institute (2020 - )

Programme Director, MA MSc International Development, MA Development Studies, MA Poverty and Development (2014/15)

IDPM Exams Officer and Chair of the Exam Board (2013-2016)

University Research Ethics Committee member (2012-2015)

development@manchester seminar series convenor (2010-2015)

Member of the Editorial Board, Papeles, Centro de Investigacion para la Paz, CIP-FUHEM (Peace Research Centre), Madrid (2007-2020).

Membership of academic and professional bodies

Development Studies Association, co-founder and chair of the Migration, Development and Social Change Study Group (2009-)

Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers, Developing Areas Research Group committee member (2010-2014)

Association of American Geographers, ordinary member

Society for Latin American Studies, ordinary member

Country experience

Bolivia, Peru, Argentina, UK, Italy, Spain

PhD Supervision

I am currently accepting PhD applicants and would be interested in supervising projects on migration and social inequalities, including gender relations, ethnicity and race, questions relating to care and project that broadly relate to informality in cities of the Global South. If you are interested in discussing an application, please contact me by email and send me a research proposal outlining your main questions, literature review, methodology and proposed study site.

External positions

External Examiner: MSc Programme, Gender Development and Globalisation, London School of Economics & Political Science (University of London)

1 Sep 20191 Sep 2022

External Examiner: MSc Development Studies, Birkbeck, University of London

1 Sep 20141 Sep 2016

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