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Associate Professor and Director of Research, School of Media, Communication, and Sociology, University of Leicester

David Bartram is Associate Professor in Sociology at the University of Leicester. His research focuses on subjective well-being and international migration – for example, investigating the idea that migration to a wealthy country is advantageous to the migrants themselves. He has held a grant (with colleagues at Leicester) from the UK Economic and Social Research Council to investigate the ‘UK citizenship process’, as well as awards from Leverhulme and the Nuffield Foundation. He has published two books: Key Concepts in Migration (SAGE, with Maritsa Poros and Pierre Monforte) and International Labor Migration: Foreign Workers and Public Policy (Palgrave). He is co-editor of the Journal of Happiness Studies and President of RC31, the section on the Sociology of Migration of the International Sociological Association. He holds a PhD from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and a BA from Kenyon College.


  • 2006–present
    Associate Professor, University of Leicester


  • 1999 
    University of Wisconsin-Madison, PhD
  • 1988 
    Kenyon College, BA

Professional Memberships

  • International Sociological Association
  • American Sociological Association