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Fakultäten » Mathematisch-naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät » Geographisches Institut » Humangeographie » Prof. Dr. Ulrike Müller-Böker » Thieme

Completed research project

Title / Titel Sustaining livelihoods in translocal and transnational settings
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Summary / Zusammenfassung Livelihood diversification is increasingly accompanied by migration. It is common that only parts of families migrate, causing a multi-locality of households. The increasing multi-locality of households, its reasons and impacts on people’s livelihoods is at centre of the project. We pay particular attention to social categories such as gender, age and ethnicity. We assume that migration affects both sending and receiving countries substantially, concerning individuals and social formations as migrants and non-migrants, as well as external relations between nation-states. To grasp the geographical and social dimensions of this multi-locality we develop an integrative approach in joining the sustainable livelihoods approach, Bourdieu’s theory of practice and the concept of transnational migration and social spaces. At centre of the empirical study is the analysis of individual migration trajectories. Therefore research is multi-local, considering family members, as migrants and non-migrants in receiving and sending regions.
Sub-projects are carried out in:
1. Nepal-India-Bangladesh-region as sending and receiving region
2. Kyrgyzstan as sending region and respective receiving regions (Russia and Kazakhstan)

The outcomes of the project are a generalised knowledge about global patterns of migration
causes, problems and potentials related to the multi-locality of people’s livelihoods;
a methodological contribution in the field of multi-locality research and following
migration trajectories; a theoretical contribution towards an integrative approach of migration and development; and policy dialogue and recommendations towards integrating the multi-locality of livelihoods within a broader context of economic and social development
frameworks.
Weitere Informationen
Publications / Publikationen Bichsel, C., Fokou, G., Ibraimova, A., Kasymov, U., Steimann, B., Thieme, S. (2010): Natural Resource Institutions in Transformation: The Tragedy and Glory of the Private. In: Hurni, H. & Wiesmann, U. (eds.), Global Change and Sustainable Development: A Synthesis of Regional Experiences from Research Partnerhsips. Perspectives of the Swiss National Centre of Competence of Research (NCCR) North-South, University of Berne, Vol. 5, Berne: Switzerland: Geographica Bernensia: 255-269.
Barbora, S., Thieme, S., Siegmann, K. (2010): Patterns and Politics of Migration in South Asia. In: Hurni, H. & Wiesmann, U. (eds.), Global Change and Sustainable Development: A Synthesis of Regional Experiences from Research Partnerhsips. Perspectives of the Swiss National Centre of Competence of Research (NCCR) North-South, University of Berne, Vol. 5, Berne: Switzerland: Geographica Bernensia: 313-328.
Schoch, N.; Steimann, B. and Thieme, S. (2010): Migration and Animal Husbandry – Competing or Complementary Livelihood Strategies : Evidence from Kyrgyzstan. In: Natural Resources Forum 34: 211-221 .
Siegmann, K. and Thieme, S. (2010): Coping on Women’s Back: Social Capital-Vulnerability Links through a Gender Lens. Current Sociology (58)8:715-737.
Thieme, S. (Forthcoming/2010): Coming home: Patterns and Characteristics of Return Migration in Kyrgyzstan. International Migration.
Thieme, Susan & Müller-Böker, Ulrike (2010): Social Networks and Migration: Women’s Livelihoods Between Far West Nepal and Delhii, in: European Bulletin of Himalayan Research, 35/36, 2009/2010: 107-122.
Thieme, S. (2009): Dubai Chalo!: Wer baut Dubai?. In: Blum, E. und Neitzke, P. Dubai: Stadt aus dem Nichts. Reihe Bauwelt Fundamente. Birkhäuser, Boston, Berlin, Basel. pp. 188-203.
Thieme, S.; Bhattarai, A. and Gurung, G. (2009): Making Migration Safer. NCCR North-South Research Evidence for Policy. No. 2. NCCR North-South, Berne.
Barbora, S., Thieme, S., Siegmann, K.A., Menon, V. and Gurung, G. (2008): Migration Matters in South Asia: Commonalities and Critiques. Economic and Politically Weekly. June 14: 57-65.
Thieme, S. (2008): Sustaining Livelihoods in Multilocal Settings: Possible Theoretical Linkages between Livelihoods and Transnational Migration Research. Mobilities 3 (1): 51-71.
Thieme, S. (2008): Living in Transition: How Kyrgyz Women Juggle their Different Roles in a Multi-local Setting. Gender, Technology and Development. 12(3), 325-345.
The other Silk Road (2008): Documentary. National Centre of Competence in Research North-South and Panos South Asia. (research: Susan Thieme, script: Susan Thieme and Sanjay Barbora, editorial: Kazu Ahmed, Usma Bardoloi, Sushmita Kashyap)
Keywords / Suchbegriffe migration, livelihoods, multi-locality
Project leadership and contacts /
Projektleitung und Kontakte
Dr. Susan Thieme (Project Leader) Susan.Thieme@geo.uzh.ch
Dr. Sanjay Barbora xonzoi.barbora@gmail.com
Funding source(s) /
Unterstützt durch
SNF (Programm NFS/NCCR), Other Public Sources (e.g. Federal or Cantonal Agencies)
SDC
Duration of Project / Projektdauer Nov 2005 to Jun 2010