David Bartram

db158.jpgAssociate Professor

BA Kenyon; MSc, PhD Wisconsin (Madison)

Room: 107-111 Princess Road East, room 0.01
Tel: +44 (0)116 252-2724
Email: d.bartram@le.ac.uk

 

Personal details

BA, MSc, PhD

I am co-editor of the Journal of Happiness Studies and secretary for RC31, the Research Committee on International Migration of the International Sociological Association. I am also a member of the Scientific Board of RN35, the European Sociological Association's section on International Migration.

Websites

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Teaching

My undergraduate teaching sometimes includes a third-year option on Global Poverty & Development, and a first-year core module on Power, Privilege & Diversity. I've also taught a masters-level module on International Migration. More in the past, I've taught research methods and quantitative analysis.

Publications

Books

  • David Bartram, Maritsa Poros, and Monforte, 2014. Key Concepts in Migration (London: Sage Publications).
  • 2005. International Labor Migration: Foreign Workers and Public Policy (New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan).

Journal articles

  • 2016. “Macro-conditions and immigrants' happiness: Is moving to a wealthy country all that matters?”  Social Science Research, 56, pp. 90-107.  Authors: Martijn Hendriks, David Bartram. [link]
  • 2015. 'Forced migration and "rejected alternatives": a conceptual refinement', Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies13(4), pp. 439-56 [link]
  • 2015. 'Inverting the logic of economic migration: Happiness among migrants moving from wealthier to poorer countries in Europe', Journal of Happiness Studies16(5), pp. 1211-30 [link]
  • 2013. 'Migration, Return and Happiness in Romania', European Societies15(3), pp. 408-422. [link]
  • 2013. 'Happiness and ‘Economic Migration’: A Comparison of Eastern European Migrants and Stayers', Migration Studies1(2), pp. 156-175. [link]
  • 2012. 'Elements of a Sociological Contribution to Happiness Studies', Sociology Compass6(8), August, pp. 644-656. [link]
  • 2011. 'Economic Migration and Happiness: Comparing Immigrants' and Natives' Happiness Gains from Income', Social Indicators Research103(1), pp. 57-76. [link]
  • 2011. 'Migration, Ethno-nationalist Destinations, and Social Divisions: Non-Jewish Immigrants in Israel', Ethnopolitics10(2), pp. 235-252. [link]
  • 2010. 'International Migration, Open Borders Debates, and Happiness', International Studies Review23(2), pp. 339-361. [link]
  • 2010. 'The Normative Basis of 'Policy Implications': Reflections on International Labour Migration', Work, Employment and Society24(2), pp. 355-365. [link]
  • 2007. 'Conspicuous By Their Absence: Why Are There So Few Foreign Workers in Finland?', Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies33(5), July, pp. 767-782. [link]
  • 2005. 'Cultural Dimensions of Workfare and Welfare', Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis7(3), September, pp. 233-247. [link]
  • 2005. 'Une Absence Remarquée: Pourquoi si peu de travailleurs étrangers en Finlande?' Migrations Société17(102), pp. 125-145.
  • 2004. 'Labor Migration Policy and the Governance of the Construction Industry in Israel and Japan', Politics and Society32(2), pp. 131-170. [link]
  • 2000. 'Japan and Labor Migration: Theoretical and Methodological Implications of Negative Cases', International Migration Review34(1), Spring, pp. 5-32. [link]
  • 2000. 'Foreign Workers, Refugees, and Prospects for an Israeli-Palestinian Agreement', Development43(3), pp. 72-78.
  • 1998. 'Foreign Workers in Israel: History and Theory', International Migration Review32(2), Summer, pp. 303-325. [link]

Book chapters

  • 2017. “International Migration Decisions and Happiness: The Migration Happiness Atlas as a Community Development Initiative.” The Routledge Handbook of Community Development, Sue Kenny, Brian McGrath, and Rhonda Phillips (eds). London: Routledge. Authors: Martijn Hendriks, Kai Ludwigs, David Bartram.
  • 2016. “Happiness.”  Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology, George Ritzer (ed).  Hoboken: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • 2015. “Migration and Quality of Life in the Global Context.” In W. Glatzer (Ed.), Global Handbook of Wellbeing and Quality of Life. Dordrecht: Springer.
  • 2013. “Understanding Migration, Happiness and Well-being.”  World Migration Report 2013.  Geneva: International Organization for Migration.
  • 2012. 'Migration, Methods and Innovation', in Vargas-Silva, Carlos (ed.) Handbook of Research Methods in Migration (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar), pp. 50-68.
  • 2008. 'Immigrants and Natives in Tel Aviv: What's the Difference?' in Price, Marie and Benton-Short, Lisa (eds.) Migrants to the Metropolis: The Rise of Immigrant Gateway Cities (Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press), chapter 13, pp. 301-321.
  • 2007. 'Igloos in Borneo: Variation and Conceptualization in Research on Foreign Workers', in DeSipio, Louis, Garcia y Griego, Manuel and Kossoudji, Sherrie (eds.) Researching Migration: Stories from the Field (New York, NY: Social Science Research Council). [link]

Research

My primary research focuses on international migration. I am author of Key Concepts in Migration, published by Sage in May 2014. My first book, International Labor Migration: Foreign Workers and Public Policy (Palgrave Macmillan 2005), investigates government policy regarding workers in Israel and Japan. My current research explores the relationship between immigration and happiness, investigating whether (as many would assume) migration to a wealthy country is advantageous to the immigrants themselves in the sense that it brings them greater happiness.

I currently hold a grant from the ESRC to study the UK "citizenship process". I also hold a grant from the Leverhulme Trust to sponsor an artist-in-residence in the department: local artist Kajal Nisha Patel has been hosted by the University to work on a project titled "Asian Women: Work and Struggle".

Current research projects

The UK citizenship process: Understanding immigrants' experiences

Research teamLeah Bassel (PI), David Bartram (CoI), Barbara Misztal (CoI), Pierre Monforte (CoI), and Kamran Khan (research assistant).

Duration: September 2013-August 2017.

Funder: Economic and Social Research Council (ES/K010174/1), £439K.

This project analyses  the ‘assimilationist turn’ in British immigration and integration policies, through a focus on immigrants’ lived experience of one of its principal instruments, the ‘citizenship process’. Studies to date have examined only one or two parts of the ‘citizenship process’, meaning the tests themselves, the citizenship ceremonies, the preparation courses many immigrants take beforehand, as well as the consequences of the tests for those to whom it is addressed. This project will adopt a more comprehensive approach to these issues, examining the lived experiences of the citizenship process as a whole via interviews with people about their experiences with preparation courses and their participation in the citizenship tests and ceremonies in Leicester and London. To analyse the effects of the process on the longer term, statistical analysis of survey data will also be undertaken. The overall goal is to learn about immigrants' perceptions and experiences of this process, to understand how it affects their sense of belonging, political participation and subjective well-being (happiness).

Supervision

I am interested in hearing from potential PhD students with interests in any topic related to international migration. I also situate my research partly in the field of happiness studies and would be pleased to hear from potential PhD students with interests in exploring sociological topics using a happiness 'angle'.

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