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Determinants and career effects of scientists' international mobility (SciMo)

The SciMo project aims to identify factors that influence researchers' international mobility, and the positive or negative effects international mobility has on their careers. It also focuses on the issue of how far possible career effects of different types of international mobility depend on physically crossing borders or whether they can be substituted by forms of virtual mobility.

The study's theoretical framework is derived from sociological life course research. Elements of related theories are integrated into this framework in order to identify mechanisms that can explain the predictions of the life course perspective in detail.

The study uses a multi-method approach: first, we conduct a literature review and a document analysis to clarify core terminology and to systematise existing research. Next, we carry out statistical analyses of national and international survey data. These analyses are supplemented with bibliometric analyses and CV analyses. To validate the findings, we carry out a factorial survey with members of appointments and selection committees at higher education institutions and funding organisations. We aim to fill any remaining information gaps by qualitative interviews, which will be explorative initially and hypothesis-based in the course of the study.


* = with peer review

  • Netz, N., & Jaksztat, S. (2017).
    Explaining scientists' plans for international mobility from a life course perspective. Research in Higher Education, 58(5), 497-519. *
    doi: 10.1007/s11162-016-9438-7 | Download


* = with peer review

  • Netz, N. ( 2018, Februar).
    Determinanten und Effekte von Wissenschaftlermobilität. Vortrag beim II. Hildesheimer Dialog "Going international - Internationalisierung und Mobilität in Wissenschaftskarrieren", Stiftung Universität Hildesheim.
  • Aman, V. ( 2017, Dezember).
    Bibliometrische Methoden für das Studium des Einflusses internationaler Mobilität auf den Wissenstransfer. Vortrag im Forschungskolloquium „Technik -und Innovationsforschung“ an der TU Berlin.
  • Netz, N. ( 2017, November).
    Welche Effekte hat internationale Mobilität auf die Karrieren von Wissenschaftler*innen? Impulsreferat auf der Jahrestagung des Österreichischen Austauschdienstes (OeAD) "Internationale Mobilität und Qualität - Trends, Facetten, Herausforderungen", Universität Salzburg.
  • Aman, V. ( 2017, Oktober).
    Measuring Knowledge Exchange of Internationally Mobile Scientists – A Bibliometric Approach based on Similarity. Vortrag auf der 16th International Conference on Scientometrics&Informetrics (ISSI), Wuhan University, Wuhan, China. *
  • Netz, N. ( 2017, Oktober).
    Determinanten und Effekte von Wissenschaftlermobilität: Ausgewählte Studien des DZHW. Vortrag in der DAAD-Wissenschaftswerkstatt, DAAD, Bonn.
  • Aman, V. ( 2017, September).
    Does the Scopus author ID suffice to track scientific international mobility? A case study based on Leibniz laureates. Vortrag auf der 22th Conference on Science, Technology & Innovation Indicators (STI 2017), ESIEE, Paris, Frankreich. *
  • Jaksztat, S., & Netz, N. ( 2017, Juli).
    Explaining scientists' plans for international mobility from a life course perspective. Vortrag auf der 7th Conference of the European Survey Research Association (ESRA), School of Economics & Management, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal. *
  • Aman, V. ( 2017, Mai).
    Einfluss der internationalen Mobilität von Wissenschaftlern auf den Wissensaustausch. Vortrag im "Organisationssoziologischen Kolloquium" an der TU Berlin.
  • Aman, V. ( 2017, April).
    To what extent does international mobility of scientists foster knowledge transfer? Vortrag beim 2017 AAG Annual Meeting, Association of American Geographers, Boston, USA.
  • Netz, N., & Jaksztat, S. ( 2017, März).
    Explaining scientists' plans for international mobility from a life course perspective. Vortrag auf der 12. Jahrestagung der Gesellschaft für Hochschulforschung, DZHW/Leibniz Universität, Hannover. *
  • Aman, V. ( 2016, September).
    International mobility, cognitive mobility, and effects on academic careers. Vortrag auf dem Workshop "Careers and Knowledge Production" an der TU Berlin.

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Start of the project: 01-Mar-2016
End of the project: 28-Feb-2019
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