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Alexandra Stam

alexandra_stam-5 Head of group data promotion
Office 5205
+41 (0)21 692 37 17
Languages: French, English, Dutch, German


Alexandra Stam is a senior researcher at FORS since 2009 and works within the data and research information services division. She is leading the data promotion group and is particularly interested in data management and the promotion of data sharing and secondary analysis. She completed her PhD at the University of Dundee (Scotland) in 2011 on ‘marriage migration and the geographies of love’, combining both quantitative and qualitative methods.


Particular interest in data management and how to help others apply good research practices. She is involved in a number of national and international collaborations to strengthen data management. Alexandra Stam is also currently leading the 2016-2017 Swiss Federal Survey of Adolescents (ch-x), which investigates geographical mobility among young people. Other research interests: New forms of migration, particularly student mobility, and marriage migration.



FINDLAY, A., KING, R., STAM, A. 2017. Producing International Student Migration: An Exploration of the Role of Marketization in Shaping International Study Opportunities. In Rethinking International Skilled Migration, eds, Micheline van Riemsdijk and Qingfang Wang, 19-36. New York: Routledge.


STAM, A. 2015. Migration-generated vulnerability: the example of domestic violence in the Swiss context. In Marriage migration, ed. Elli K. Heikkila and Daniel Rauhut. Turku: Institute of migration.


STAM, A. 2014. The heart has its reasons that reason does not know – Really? Exploring migration decision-making using the biographical approach. Marriages building bridges, seminar publication. Siirtolaisuusinstituutti Tutkimuksia,  A 46. Turku: Institute of migration.

STAM, A. 2014. Social Science in Switzerland: State of the Art and perspectives. Special address given at the International Conference and Doctoral Colloquium on Social Science Research: Issues, Challenges and Strategies, Hyderabad (India), 9-11 January 2013.


FINDLAY, A.M., KING, R., GEDDES, A., SMITH, F., STAM, A., DUNNE, M., SKELDON, R. and AHRENS, J. 2010. Motivations and Experiences of UK Students Studying Abroad. BIS ResearcH Paper 8, University of Dundee.

STAM, A. 2010. Marriage migration, a matter of love or interest? Exploring binational marriages in the context of Swiss restrictive immigration policies. In International Marriages in the Time of Globalization (Family Issues in the 21st Century), ed. Elli K. Heikkila and Brenda S. A. Yeoh, 117-135. New York: Nova Science Publishers Inc.


FINDLAY, A., KING, R., STAM, A. and RUIZ-GELICES, E. 2006. Ever Reluctant Europeans: The Changing Geographies of UK Students Studying and Working Abroad. European Urban and Regional Studies. 13(4): 291-318.

FINDLAY, A., KING, R., STAM, A. and RUIZ-GELICES, E. 2006. The changing geographies of UK students studying and working abroad. European Urban and Regional Studies 13(3): 229-256.


FINDLAY, A., STAM, A., KING, R. and RUIZ-GELICES, E. 2005. International Opportunities: Searching for the Meaning of Student Migration. Geographica Helvetica Vol. 60 (3): 192-200.


KING, R., FINDLAY, A.M., STAM, A. & RUIZ-GELICES, E. (2004a): The UK’s Changing Position in the International Exchange of Students. World Views 16: 5-8.

KING, R., FINDLAY, A.M., RUIZ-GELICES, E. & STAM, A. 2004b. International Student mobility. HEFCE Issues Paper 30. London: HEFCE.