Eric Bayala, BA MA

About the Person


Since September 16, 2019 | Research assistant at the University of Applied Sciences for Health (FhG) de Tirol Kliniken

Since August 2018 | Fellow, Innsbruck Doctoral College "Dynamics of Inequality and Difference in the Age of Globalization" - Research focus: Effects of migration on diaspora communities in Italy and on the local development of health infrastructures in Burkina Faso

Since April 2018 | Research assistant-Research project "Diaspora Health" (Diahealth) and head of the project "Collective Diaspora Supports in Burkina Faso" at the University of Innsbruck (Institute of Sociology); Funding: Commission for Development Studies and “Berglandwirtschaft”

From April 15, 2013 to September 15 | Adviser at the Center for Migrants in Tyrol (Project AST: Recognition of Diplomas and qualification held abroad

Since October 2015 | PhD in sociology at the University of Innsbruck: “The impact of collective diaspora support on community resilience: case study on rural health infrastructure in Burkina Faso” - Research group: Agricultural and regional sociology / Institute of Sociology at the University of Innsbruck “Supervision: Univ.-Prof. Dipl. Ing. Dr. Markus Schermer, Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Silke Meyer and ao. Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Gilg Seeber

2009-2011 | Master's degree in International Social and Health Management Management Center Innsbruck

PhD Project

The impact of collective diaspora support on community resilience: case study on rural health infrastructure in Burkina Faso

The project will investigate, which impacts collective remittances by a diaspora group have on the resilience of the rural community and their household members.

Literature on remittances generally refers to money being sent by migrants to their family members in their country of origin. Besides such financial remittances, this project will investigate the role of social remittances e.g. social relations between diaspora members and members of their home community which transmit knowledge, skills and attitudes.

Furthermore, the project will look into the procedures of definition and execution of community projects financed by a diaspora group, especially focussing on the power relations involved.

The case study centers on a diaspora community in Bergamo / Italy that funded a health center and a dispensary in their partner community in Niaogho / Burkina Faso. The research aims to uncover the effects of investments in health infrastructure by diaspora communities and the related change of social practices on the resilience household as well as on the community. Furthermore, we want to know better, how the diaspora interacts with their local household and community members in terms of selecting, planning, implementing and monitoring the health projects and how these private investments are integrated into governmental programs and interventions.

The expected results will allow a more targeted support of diaspora networks for the development in their home countries and assess the potential of their integration into development cooperation.

Research interests

  • Migration and Transmigration
  • Diaspora and Social remittences
  • Developpment Politic
  • Health and Migration
  • Social Network


  • Berthé A, Somda MAS, Berthé-Sanou L, Konaté B, Hien H, Bayala E, Tou F, Drabo M, Badini-Kinda F et Macq J. : Gains et « pertes » liés à l’utilisation du SMAF précédé du PRISMA7 dans la mesure du statut fonctionnel des personnes âgées à Bobo-Dioulasso (Burkina Faso). Med Sante Trop 2017 ; 27 : 71-76. doi : 10.1684/ mst.2017.0658
  • Berthé A, Somda MAS, Berthé-Sanou L, Konaté B, Hien H, Bayala E, Tou F, Drabo M, Badini-Kinda F et Macq J.Functional.” disability in activities of daily living and instrumental or domestic activities of daily living in the elderly living at home in Bobo-Dioulasso (Burkina Faso)”  in Geriatrie et psychologie neuropsychiatrie du vieillissement 13(4):381-390 · December 2015 
  • Kibidoué Eric BAYALA “ Schatten und Schmied“ (2020)  University Press Innsbruck

Conference presentations

  • May 2009 : Tourisme et développement, comment moderniser l’industrie touristique burkinabè avec l’aide de la diaspora
  • November 2009 : L’Afrique face au développement_ Rôle des croyances et des religions (avec SE Monseigneur Anselme Titiama SANON-Management Center Innsbruck)
  • December 2010 : Le système éducatif du Burkina Faso : La Jeunesse face au défis du développement (Université Innsbruck-Faculté des Sciences Éducatives)
  • February 2011. Colloque sur la santé mentale au Burkina Faso et en Autriche-Institut National des Science de la santé (Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso)
  • April 2011 : Système de santé et développement (Université Innsbruck).
  • February 2012. Dialogue Sud-Nord UCAO-UBB Burkina Faso
  • May 2013 : L’innovation agriculture et la formation au Burkina Faso(Lions Club/Reutte-Autriche)
  • April 2013 : La gestion des conflits au Burkina Faso : Médiation traditionnelle et médiation moderne (Management Center Innsbruck)
  • October 2013 : Diaspora et développement : Le rôle du Cinéma et de l’Image-Lyon France.
  • May 2014 : redynamiser la production agricole burkinabè grâce à la formation. Cas de quatre jeunes agriculteurs formés au Burkina Faso : Rotholz Autriche
  • February 2015 : Migrations et Développement : Diaspora Burkinabé (Centre Muraz, Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso)
  • June 2016 : Santé et développement local : Rôle des Organisations et associations de la diaspora (Centre Muraz, Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso)
  • February 2017. Contribution de la diaspora pour le développement de la santé communautaire (Centre Muraz, Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso)
  • November 2018 : « Migration Politic in Burkina Faso (Institute of Sociology, University of Innsbruck
  • 4. und 5. March 2019 : Kolloquium zur paramedizinische Ausbildung in Burkina Faso
  • 14. March 2020: Workshop in Garango in Burkina-Faso: Report of the field research Diahealth from April 2016-January 2020.


  • Since 2006: Chairman of the association Verein Sahel Tirol
  • Since 2018: Member of the Research Group "Agriculture and Regional Sociology"
  • Since 2018: Initiator and co-founder of the association Écrans“, organizer of the International Film Festival of Multiplicity, Inncontro Film Festival


Institute of Sociology of the University of Innsbruck
Room: CU-US015-EG-O-E.02-b (Ground floor)
Mail: eric.bayala[at]

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