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Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing

Tanja Bastia awarded Fellowship on ageing and migration

20 May 2016

Dr Tanja Bastia has been awarded a Leverhulme Research Fellowship to study ageing and migration in Bolivia.

The fellowship builds on Tanja’s current research funded by MICRA and a British Academy - Leverhulme grant looking at the significant consequences of migration on the migrants’ parents who are ‘left behind’ in Bolivia. Population ageing is one of the key challenges facing society globally in the 21st century, and migration is widely recognised as providing additional challenges to elderly care.

Tanja is a Senior Lecturer in Urban Development at the Global Development Institute at the University of Manchester and will receive £47K over 16 months to expand her data collection and write a book. Bolivia is one of the poorest countries in Latin America, where up to one third of the population lives abroad. Focusing on five regions in Bolivia, Tanja’s research will evidence the widely varying impact that migration has on the older population in terms of gender, ethnicity, and class.

Read Tanja's journal article from the British Academy Review, available for free download: Migration and older people in Bolivia: Between opportunities and new vulnerabilities  and please visit the project website: Ageing and Migration

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