Tristan Bruslé
Tristan Bruslé


Tristan Bruslé holds a PhD in geography from Poitiers University (France). His PhD dissertation, about Nepali migrants in Northern India, focused on the lived world of migrants, their networks, interactions, living and working conditions. After joining the CNRS (at the Centre for Himalayan Study), he got interested in other dimensions of population dispersion, from temporary labour migration to diaspora, based on the Nepalese case. In Assam, he focused on the Nepalese diaspora settled in India for more than a century and whose ties to Nepal may be reactivated in times of crisis. In Qatar, he focused on the housing pattern viewed as tool to control low paid workers’ lives, and on migrant’s daily experiences in labour camps. Simultaneously, he got interested in the making of the Nepalese diasporic web, analysing how power relations permeates digital communities.
Based at CSH from September 2015, he projects to study the many relationships between international migration, land ownership, and caste dynamics in the Eastern Nepalese Terai.

Journal Articles

2016 Book review : Borderland lives in Northern South Asia, David N. Gellner (ed.), 2013, Durham and London, Duke University Press, South Asia Multidisciplinary Journal,

2016 Ties to Nepal and diasporic consciousness of Indians of Nepali origin: examples from Bokakhat, Assam, dans T.B. Subba (dir.), Nepali Diaspora in a Globalised Era, New Delhi, Routlegde, p.170-187

2015 Loger pour exclure. Le camp de travailleurs, dispositif central d’un système de domination des migrants à bas revenus dans le Golfe arabique (exemples au Qatar), in A. Clerval, A. Fleury, J. Rebotier, S. Weber (dir.), Espaces et rapports de domination, Rennes, Presses Universitaires de Rennes, p.273-284

2015 Habiter un camp de travailleurs. Appropriation, usages et valeurs du dortoir en milieu contraint, Annales de Géographie, n°702-703, p.248-274

2014 (with Marie Morelle) Le lit, un objet de contrainte et de résistance. Le camp de travailleurs migrants au Qatar, la prison au Cameroun, Géographie et Cultures, n°91-92, p.153-174

2012 (with Aurélie Varrel) Introduction. Places on the move: South Asian migrations through a spatial lens, South Asian Multidisciplinary Journal, n°6,

2012 What kind of place is this? Daily life, intimacy and the inmate metaphor in a Nepalese workers’ labour camp (Qatar), South Asian Multidisciplinary Journal, n°6,

2012 (with Olivia Aubriot) Agriculture paysanne népalaise et phénomènes migratoires : de la complémentarité a la rupture des liens ?, Autrepart, n°3/62, p.141-158