Centre for Himalayan Studies
UPR 299
Members of the research unit
Tristan BRUSLE

CNRS researcher


UPR 299 Centre d'Etudes Himalayennes, CNRS
7 rue Guy Môquet
94800 Villejuif CEDEX

Email: tristan.brusle@vjf.cnrs.fr


As a geographer, Tristan Bruslé's interests lie primarily in the spatial, social, and digital technology dimensions of labour migrations, and he focuses his research mainly on the culture of migration. After his doctoral thesis which addressed the migration process among Nepalese people from western Nepal, he followed migrants to the Persian Gulf. The topics of study he has developed within the ANR TerrFerme project are: building a migratory imagination, having to socially integrate, and spaces in everyday life. This research programme has also led him to reflect on migration policies in the Gulf countries from a spatial angle and from a critical geographical perspective. He is also interested in social and spatial stereotypes in the context of labour markets and in the extension of migrants' living space.

He has simultaneously developed research on the Nepalese diaspora in India (ANR Langues, cultures et territoires dans le Nord-Est indien) and on the Internet (ANR E-diaspora). Issues regarding this diaspora in the making, its actors, its power games or its mobilizing capacity have been of particular interest to him.

Further fieldwork within the ANR Terre-Eau project is scheduled in Nepal to assess the social, agricultural and spatial changes linked to mobility.

Tristan Bruslé has been on a long-term assignment in Bolivia since 2011 and is pursuing his studies on international labour migration by comparing Himalayan and Andean sites of research.


Main publications

2012 (With Aurélie Varrel), Introduction to special issue South Asians on the move: migratory spaces and place building in the south Asian diaspora, South Asian Multidisciplinary Journal , No.1

2012 What kind of place is this? Daily life, intimacy and the inmate metaphor in a Nepalese occupied labour camp (Qatar), South Asian Multidisciplinary Journal , No.1

2012 (With Olivia Aubriot), Agriculture paysanne népalaise et phénomènes migratoires : de la complémentarité a la rupture des liens ? Autrepart , No.3 / 62, p.141-158

2012 Représentations d'un groupe national et insertion sur le marche du travail : le cas des Népalais au Qatar , Espace, populations, sociétés , No.2, p.47-58

2012 Nepalese diasporic websites: Signs and conditions of a diaspora in the making? Social Science Information , 51, No.4, p.593-610

2012 Nepali corpus dans Diminescu Dana (dir.), e-Diaspora Atlas. Exploration and Cartography of Diasporas on Digital Network, Éditions de la maison des sciences de l'homme.

2011, Les liens de la frontière. Enjeux des circulations autour de la frontière indo-népalaise , Cériscope, Special issue on borders, Publication by CERI (Sciences Po)

2010, Rendre l'étranger familier. Modes d'appropriation et de catégorisation de l'espace par les migrants népalais en Inde, Revue Européenne des Migrations Internationales, vol.26, No.2

2010, Living In and Out of the Host Society. Aspects of Nepalese Migrants' Experience of Division in Qatar [30 paragraphs]. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research , 11 (2), Art. 31

2010, Etre migrant, rester paysan ? Constructions territoriales et appartenances spatiales des migrants temporaires népalais en Inde, in Dupont et Landy (dir.), Circulation et territoire dans le monde indien contemporain, Paris, EHESS, Collection Purusartha

2009-2010, Introduction (Special issue: Nepalese migrations), European Bulletin of Himalayan Research, No.35-36

2009-2010, Who's in a labour camp? A socio-economic analysis of Nepalese migrants in Qatar, European Bulletin of Himalayan Research, No.35-36

2009, Les âges de la migration. Cycle de vie, projets et rapports à l'espace des migrants népalais en Inde, in Baby-Collin et al. (dir.), Migrants des Suds, Marseille, IRD Editions

2008, Choosing a destination and work migration: Strategies of Nepalese workers in Uttarakhand, northern India, Mountain Research and Development, vol.28(3/4)

2008, Les défis du « nouveau Népal » après les élections de l'Assemblée constituante, EchoGéo , Sur le vif, posted on line on 21 August 2008

2007, "The world upside down: Nepalese migrants in northern India", European Bulletin of Himalayan Research, No.31.

Aune-Jane Dilimaa , Himal Khabarpatrika, 1-15 baisakh 2061, http://www.nepalihimal.com/2061/baisakh-1-15/bishesh_report_bahirako_nepal_2.htm

"Mussoorie à la croisée des mondes ?", EspacesTemps.net, Mensuelles, 01.10.2004

Bruslé T., M. Fort et J. Smadja, 2003, Un paysage de bocage. Masyam et le hameau de Kolang. In J. Smadja (dir), Reading Himalayan Landscapes over time. Environmental Perception, Knowledge and Practice in Napel and Ladakh. Paris, CNRS. Espaces et Milieux, p.485-528