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Linking migration, reproduction and wellbeing

DEV Key Contact: Catherine Locke
Project Dates: January 2008 - June 2010
Project Status: Complete

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Catherine Locke is currently working with partners in Vietnam on a research project that explores the reproductive strategies of poor migrants and how these affect their experience of migration. The research looks at the mental, emotional and social implications of reproductive behaviour among migrants. Areas of study include how reproductive aspirations fit into migratory strategies, how poor migrants manage reproduction and how institutional factors enable or constrain that management.

Further information

Partner Organisations

Centre for Gender and Family Studies, Ho Chi Minh City

Selected Outputs

Locke, C., Nguyen Thi Than Tam and Nguyen Thi Nga Hoa (forthcoming) 'A mother who stays but cannot provide for her children is not as good as migrant people like us: migrant mothers in Vietnam' in a volume called Reproduction, Health and Migration, edited by Unnithan-Kumar (Sussex) and Khanna (Oregon).

Policy Briefs:
Policy Brief No. 1. Linking Migration, Reproduction and Wellbeing (2010) Family Strategies and Dilemmas for Low-Income Rural-Urban Labour Migrants. By Catherine Locke, Nguyen Thi Ngan Hoa and Nguyen Thi Thanh Tam.  Download document:  English   Vietnamese 

Policy Brief No. 2. Policy Implications of the Family Strategies of Low-Income Rural-Urban Labour Migrants in their Peak Child-Bearing years in Vietnam (2010). By Catherine Locke, Nguyen Thi Ngan Hoa and Nguyen Thi Thanh Tam.  Download document:  English   Vietnamese

Research Reports:
Research Report No. 1. Linking Migration, Reproduction and Wellbeing (2008) The Institutional Context Influencing Rural-Urban Migration Choices and Strategies for Young Married Women and Men in Vietnam. By Catherine Locke, Nguyen Thi Ngan Hoa and Nguyen Thi Thanh Tam. Download

Research Report No. 2. Linking Migration, Reproduction and Wellbeing (2010) The Family Strategies of Low-Income Rural-Urban Migrant Women and Men in their Peak Child-Bearing Years in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh: An Overview. By Catherine Locke, Nguyen Thi Ngan Hoa and Nguyen Thi Thanh Tam. Download

Conference Papers:
(2009). Marital Relations and Parenting in Transition: Migrant Husbands/Fathers and Wives/Mothers Negotiating New Gender Relations in Hanoi, Vietnam . Paper presented at the American Association of Geographers (AAG), Las Vegas, March 2009. By Catherine Locke, Nguyen Thi Ngan Hoa and Nguyen Thi Thanh Tam. Also presented at the DRC on Globalisation and Migration at Sussex University and available as audio CD from c.locke@uea.ac.uk

(2009) What does migration mean for relations with children and spouses left-behind? Reflections from young married men and women on the move in Vietnam. By Catherine Locke, Nguyen Thi Ngan Hoa and Nguyen Thi Thanh Tam. Paper presented at the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP), Marrakech, September, 2009. Available online at http://iussp2009.princeton.edu

(2009). Low-Income Rural-urban Migrant Workers Struggling to Sustain Marriages and Build Families: Mobile Husbands/Wives and Mothers/Fathers in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh. By Catherine Locke, Nguyen Thi Ngan Hoa and Nguyen Thi Thanh Tam. Paper presented at the Vietnam Update 2009: Migration Nation, ANU, Canberra, November 2009 and forthcoming as a chapter in the Vietnam Update Series.

(2012) What's family got to do with it? Facing the Challenges of Internal Migration in Vietnam: Catherine Locke, University of East Anglia. Presentation at the conference on Contemporary Challenges in Transitional Vietnam: Insights from Vietnam Studies in the United Kingdom held on February 29th at the British Academy and organised by the Vietnam Academic Network (VAN-UK) activities. Videolink